MIT requires international applicants whose native language is not English to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). However, the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy does grant waivers.
In general, we grant waivers to students who have received a degree from an American or English-speaking university, or who show an extensive background in English. We ask that students who request a TOEFL or IELTS waiver have their recommenders comment in depth on their English speaking, reading and writing skills as a part of the recommendation. We also strongly suggest that they submit a writing sample in English. Applicants may request a TOEFL/IELTS waiver in the application.
TOEFL Score Requirements and Reporting Codes:
Minimum score required: 577 (PBT) 90 (IBT)
Department code: 04 (Linguistics)
Institute code: 3514 (MIT)
IELTS: Minimum score required: 6.5. MIT accepts electronic IELTS score reports. Choose “MIT Graduate Admissions” as reporting option; no code is required.