Student FAQ

Do MIT courses count towards degree requirements?

Appropriate courses from Harvard or MIT can be used towards ELECTIVES.

What is the difference between doing a thesis and an independent research in a semester?

A thesis requires a defense, and significantly more research and writing than an independent research. If you manage your time well, combining 4 full classes with an independent research is doable, and has been done by many students in the past. However, given the workload of the thesis, you should set aside at least one extra semester where you can concentrate on writing and defense.

Is it possible to do 4 courses and independent research with a professor, even if I am not doing a thesis?

Yes, it's possible to do 4 courses and independent research. Many students do this.

Is it possible to waive core courses if I have taken similar courses in undergraduate?

It may be possible. You should discuss your particular situation with your advisor.

In which semester is it most common to take AM 207?

You should discuss this with your advisor. When a student takes AM207 will depend on their background and interests.

What is the maximum number of courses that I can enroll into per semester?

There is no cap on the number of courses you can take. However, due to the significant workload, we discourage students from taking more than 4.

Is it possible to switch between ME and SM degree for CSE student?

Yes, you just need to let your advisor know when you want to switch.

How do I cross register for a course at MIT?

Cross registration for MIT courses is directly done through Be sure to check the registration deadlines since they may vary from Harvard. 

  1. Add the course to Crimson Cart
  2. Submit petition for the course
  3. Once the MIT instructor approves your request to enroll, you will see a Permission Approved icon in You must be sure to enroll into the course after this.
Can I waive course X if I’ve already taken something similar recently?

Talk with your academic course advisor (either Daniel Weinstock, Weiwei Pan, or Pavlos Protopapas). 

Does Applied Computation provide any funds for students visiting conferences?

Applied Computation helps fund students who are first authors for conference papers to attend conferences, usually splitting the costs with the student’s advisor/lab. Applied Computation has also sent master’s students as ambassadors to student recruiting/diversity conferences. You can check with your faculty advisors as they might have funds too. 

Can you change my registration status for this course?

All registration matters are handled through the registrar and Please use those resources as Applied Computation staff cannot make registration changes.