6-P The Masters of Engineering Program


Link to MEng Application

The MEng or Masters of Engineering Program (6-P) enables students to earn Course 6 bachelor's and master's degrees simultaneously or consecutively over a period of five or five and a half years. Research for the master's thesis is completed on campus.

Available only to MIT undergraduates in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the EECS Master of Engineering Program (MEng) efficiently consolidates the work of a four-year bachelor's and a two-year master's degree into a total of ten or eleven semesters, preparing students for both advanced technical, entrepreneurial, consulting, and other positions - as well as for doctoral programs.

More than 60 percent of EECS undergraduates apply for this program, and nearly half enter and complete it.

To complete the MEng, students must meet all bachelor's degree requirements and complete an additional 90 credit units -- including graduate coursework and mostly significantly, a graduate research thesis. Students are encouraged to start fulfilling the MEng requirements for both subjects and the thesis as undergraduates.

The 6-1, 6-2, and 6-3 MEng allows students to complete a three-subject concentration in one of the following 12 fields:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • BioEECS
  • Circuits
  • Communications
  • Computer Systems
  • Control
  • Graphics and Human-Computer Interfaces
  • Materials, Devices, and Nanotechnology
  • Numerical Methods
  • Applied Physics
  • Signals and Systems
  • Theoretical Computer Science

EECS students may apply to the 6-A MEng Thesis Program, an industry-focused variation on MEng that couples scholarly research with practical, hands-on engineering experience gained through internships at leading companies throughout the United States and internationally.

Students outside MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science who are interested in graduate-level work should visit the department's Graduate Programs page for more information.

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Questions?  Contact Anne Hunter: anneh@mit.edu, in the Undergraduate Office, room 38-476.


UG and MEng. Degree CHECKLIST for the OLD Curriculum (pre-2016)
You can access the Undergraduate and MEng degree programs checklist for the old curricula here!
MEng. student Pallavi Powale
"As an MEng student, I am concentrating in graphics and human-computer interfaces and plan to pursue the same interests in industry. 6-2 gave me a great foundation in EECS, and the MEng program has allowed me to spend time honing my skills in the subjects that I find most exciting and networking with people who share my interests."
Interview with MEng. student Katie Szeto
"My time at MIT in course VI has given me great confidence that I will be able to handle whatever problems my future career throws at me. This is because course VI taught me how to think - how to model things, how to approach problems, how to be critical and open minded at the same time, how to prioritize various competing entities, how to work with people, and the value of hard work."
Interview with MEng student Kanjun Qiu
"I found out that I greatly preferred algorithms and software design to circuits and signal processing, so the choice was fairly obvious. That being said, one great thing about Course 6 is that you can graduate with a deep understanding of how computer systems work in their entirety - from the plug in the wall outlet to the CPU, the operating system, the programs, even the wireless routing and communication." — Kanjun Qiu
Interview with MEng student Ye Wang
Since I couldn’t decide at that moment whether I should do a PhD or work in industry, and I really liked the research project I was working on and my team members, I made the decision of doing MEng. I could give myself more time to learn about computer graphics and 3D printing, while thinking about what is my next step after graduation.
Meet MEng student Owen Derby
Senior year, I've been able to take graduate classes in machine learning and distributed systems. Not only has this varied curriculum met all the requirements of the 6-3 program, but it has allowed me to really explore all my interests, and now I'll be starting my MEng working on genetic programming in the cloud.