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General FAQs

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When are courses offered?

Please check our course description pages for dates of course offerings.

Where do the courses take place?

The courses are held online only.

How long will the course material be available online?

See the course description page for details on access to archived course materials.

Who participates in Digital Programs courses?

Professionals with diverse personal, business, and academic backgrounds from the U.S. and around the world will participate. They include scientists, engineers, technicians, managers, consultants, and others, and they come from industry, government, military, non-profit, and academia.

I have never taken a course on the MIT Professional Education platform before. What can I do to prepare?

Prior to the first day of class, participants can take a demonstration course that was built specifically to help students become more familiar with taking a course on the MIT Professional Education platform.

Are there any technical or browser requirements?

In order to access our courses, you must have a connection to the Internet. Videos are only available via online streaming – you will not be able to download videos for viewing offline. Please take note of your company’s restrictions for viewing content and/or firewall settings.

Our courseware works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 9 and above. For the best possible experience, we recommend switching to an up-to-date version of Google Chrome. If you do not have Chrome installed you can get it for free here:

At this time, MIT Professional Education Digital Programs does not fully support access with mobile devices. While many components of your courses will function on a mobile device, some may not.

If you experience any technical difficulties with the course site, including problems viewing videos or other features, please email

Who teaches the courses in Digital Programs?

Courses offered by Digital Programs are taught by MIT faculty and distinguished lecturers who have made significant contributions to their fields - and in some cases invented them. Course description pages provide additional detail on lecturers, as well as biographies.

English is not my first language; can I still participate?

MIT Professional Education courses are taught in English; however, we do not require TOEFL or other English proficiency tests for you to participate in a course. It is up to you to determine your comfort level with the English language if you wish to take this course.

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How do I Register?

Go to, click on the course you would like to register for, and click "Add to Cart." You may be prompted to first register for an mitprofessionalx account if you do not have one already. Complete this process, then continue with checkout and pay for the course. Once you are given access to the course, the first assignment will be to complete the mandatory entrance survey before you can gain access to the videos and other course materials.

If you already have an account through MIT Professional Education, all you need to do is log in on the Digital Programs site at to view the current course catalog.

How do I register a group of participants?

There are two ways to register multiple individuals at once.

  • Once the course is added to your cart, you can select the number of enrollments you would like to purchase. You can then pay using a valid credit card.
  • For a group of 5 or more individuals, you can pay via invoice. To be invoiced, please email with the number of individuals in your group, and instructions to register will be provided. Please note that our payment terms are net zero, and all invoices must be paid prior to the course start date. Failure to remit payment before the course begins will result in removal from the course. No extensions or exceptions will be granted.

When will I know if I’ve been accepted into the course?

Once you register and pay for a course you will receive a confirmation email immediately. However, access to the course and materials will only be granted once the course officially opens and payment has been received.

What are the criteria for admission?

There are no general admission requirements. Prospective participants are encouraged to check course description pages to see if there is any specific background knowledge required to succeed in the course.

How will I receive information about my course once I've registered?

Instructions for accessing the course site will be sent to all paid registrants via email by the course launch date. In order to receive these instructions, please add to your "trusted senders" list. If you have not received these instructions by the course start date, please email

What is the registration deadline?

See the course description page for details on course registration deadlines.

Can I transfer/defer my registration to another session or course?

Admission and fees paid cannot be deferred to a subsequent session or transferred to another course; however, you may cancel your registration and reapply at a later date.

Can someone else attend in my place?

We cannot accommodate any substitution requests at this time. Please review the specific course description page for the time commitment and course schedule to ensure you are able to participate in the course before you register.

I am a college undergraduate. Can I participate?

This course is designed primarily for post-graduate professionals, but university students are welcome to participate if they have the appropriate background.

I am a high school student. Can I participate?

MIT Professional Education courses are not designed for high school students and we do not encourage them to apply. The MIT website lists several excellent programs for secondary school students.

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How much does the program cost?

Fees vary by course. See the course description page for specific fees.

What does it mean when I've been accepted into a course?

Acceptance means that you have enrolled in the course and have agreed to all terms and conditions and policies. Please visit the course description page of the course you are interested in to see our policies.

How should I pay?

Individual registrants must complete registrations and pay online with a valid credit card at the time of registration. MIT Professional Education accepts globally recognized major credit or debit cards that have a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Diner's Club logo.

Invoices will not be generated for individuals, or for groups of less than 5 people. Payment must be received in full; payment plans are not available.

Are discounts available?

Discounts are available to select MIT industry partners such as Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) members and CSAIL’s Industry Affiliates Program members. If your company is a member of such a group, please contact your MIT liaison for information about a coupon code.

Are scholarships available for this course?

Scholarships are currently not available.

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