Application Package Checklist

Once you submit your application, please allow 24 – 48 hours for a response detailing what, if any, materials may still be outstanding.  Please be sure to check your Spam/Junk folder for emails from the MSRED Program regarding your application.  

All applicants must submit the following items by January 15th of the year they wish to enroll:

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I. MIT Graduate Admissions Online Application Form with Application Fee

  • You must apply for the MSRED program online.  The application will become available on September 1st.

II. Resume

  • Please include a PDF copy of your resume with your application. 

III. Statement of Objectives

  • Statement should articulate past work experience, your rationale for applying to the MIT MSRED program and clearly define your career goals and objectives. The statement should not be more than 1 to 2 pages in length, single or double spaced.

IV. 3 Letters of Recommendation (2 Professional and 1 Academic)

  • Please make sure to send in letters of recommendation for the MIT-MSRED program only and not another program.
  • Letters of recommendation should be submitted through the online application process.
  • For instructions to those preparing letters of recommendation, click here.
  • If you do not have an academic recommendation, a third professional recommendation may be substituted.
  • Young Leaders Program Applicants: please provide two (2) academic and one (1) professional recommendation. If you do not have a professional recommendation, a third academic recommendation may be substituted. 

V. Academic Transcript(s)

  • An unofficial transcript may be uploaded by the applicant into the online application. Uploaded copies can be a scan of your official transcript or an unofficial grade report.
  • If admitted, an official transcript must be sent directly from your university to MIT. Admission is provisional until an official transcript is received and reviewed. The MSRED Program reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission if discrepancies exist between the unofficial and official transcripts.  
    • Official transcripts are from the Registrar of all previous undergraduate and graduate universities, which must be sent directly from the school(s) that you previously attended.
    • Official transcripts may be sent from previous institutions in either hard copy or e-transcript format.
    • Official transcripts must arrive in a signed and sealed envelope, or be emailed directly from your university’s registrar digitally, or they are not considered official.
    • E-transcripts sent directly from your school/institution may be sent to

VI. Entrance Examination Results

Due to COVID-19, the MSRED Program Admission Requirements are adjusting as follows in regard to GMAT and GRE examinations:

  • If you have taken either the GMAT or GRE within the last five years, ensure your scores are sent officially from ETS to MIT electronically. Even electronically, it can take two weeks for scores to arrive. Be sure to request your scores be sent to MIT so that they arrive by January 15, 2021.
      • Copies or scans sent from the applicant are not considered official scores; only scores sent from ETS directly to the CRE are considered official.
      • Only the most recent score is accepted.
      • GMAT Code: X5X-W6-19
      • GRE Code: Department Code: 4409, School Code: 3514
  • If you have not taken the GMAT or GRE exam within the last five years and live in a location which does allow you access to take the GMAT or GRE online, you must take the exam by December 31, 2021, and an official score must be received from the ETS testing service by January 15, 2022.
  • If you have not taken the GMAT or GRE exam within the last five years and live in a location which does not allow you access to take the GMAT or GRE online, please:
      • Submit your rationale for being unable to sit the exam in-person or virtually
        • Exceptions will be limited to the impacts of exam access in your country due to COIVD.
        • You must be unable to take the exam unless you leave your home country to do so, in order to be considered for an exception.  A cancelled or rescheduled exam is not considered for an exception.
      • Include a letter from a professor or supervisor, with whom you have worked in a quantitative capacity, describing your quantitative skill set clearly and specifically.  
        • This letter should include additive information beyond what can be seen on your transcript about your quantitative skill set.
        • This may include TA, RA, internship or professional work in a quantitative capacity.
        • Have the letter writer submit it to: by January 15, 2021.


  • An official report of the test results should be sent directly to MIT from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey.
  • Official score report must be received by January 15 due date.
  • The MSRED code number for reporting the GMAT score is X5X-W6-19.
  • The Committee will only accept a GMAT test result issued within the last five years.
  • If GMAT is taken multiple times, only the most recent GMAT score will be accepted.
  • Average score of the current incoming class is 700.


  • An official report of the test results should be sent directly to MIT from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey.
  • Official score report must be received by January 15 due date.
  • The Committee will only accept a GRE test result issued within the last five years.
  • If GRE is taken mulitple times, only the most recent GRE score will be accepted.
  • MIT’s reporting code is 3514. Please use the “Department Code 4409” for “Real Estate Development” on the ETS website. Select “Graduate Admissions” under “Division” in the 3514 code results.
  • Average score of the current incoming class is 160 per section.


VII. English Language Proficiency

  • Either IELTS (our preferred option) or TOEFL  is required if English is not your first language. Scores must be sent directly to MIT from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) AND applicants must submit a scanned copy along with their online application.
  • To request the waiver for the TOEFL or IELTS exams, and applicant must:
    • Request the waiver one month in advance of the application deadline (by December 15). Waiver approval is not guaranteed; you should be prepared to take the exam and have an official score received by the MSRED Program from the testing service by January 15, 2022. 
    • Submit a clear outline of your history of English language experience, both academic and professional.
    • Submit two single-author documents, written in the past two years, that showcase the applicant’s English language capabilities.
      • The documents may be professional or academic in nature, but must relate to the real estate industry and be at least four pages of narrative text.
    • You may also include an old (older than two years) TOEFL Score as part of your waiver request package.


    These materials must be submitted to: by December 15th. Waiver approval is notguaranteed.

    Due to COVID-19, for students that cannot access the “TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition,” they may sign up for the IELTS Indicator test. This is a remote option for the standard IELTS exam: it is the same test format and scoring format. Reporting will work as normal.



  • Test scores must be from within the past two years.
  • TOEFL/IELTS score submission requests must be done in advance in order to receive score by application deadline.
  • Official score report must be received by January 15.
  • Any waiver requests should be submitted one month in advance of the application deadline; denial of a waiver requires an English Language Proficiency exam score to be submitted with your application. Waiver approval is not guaranteed.


  • Minimum score preferred: 7.5
  • Registration information for IELTS can be obtained at:
  • You must request your official test scores be sent directly from the test center where you take the exam. IELTS has no institutional codes from which to choose.
  • You should request the test scores to be sent to:


  • Test format options:
    Computer based – A score of 250 or better is preferred
    Internet based – A score of 100 or better is preferred
    Paper based – A score of 600 or better is preferred
  • Registration information for TOEFL may be obtained at:
  • School code is 3514. Select “Graduate Admissions” under “Division” in the 3514 code results.

VIII. Portfolio or Work Sample

  • A portfolio or work sample is optional, but those applicants who wish to provide one may do so. All documents should be in PDF formatPlease submit your portfolio/work sample PDF before the January 15 deadline via email to . Please ensure the file size is under 10 MB.

If all materials are not received by the MSRED program by January 15, the application is considered incomplete and will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

For the 2020 – 2021 Application Cycle, it is preferred that all materials be sent via email to: Applicants may use this email address when requesting official scores or documents be sent via e-transcript or GMAT/GRE or TOEFL/IELTS digital delivery systems.

The Admissions Committee evaluates each element in a candidate’s application as part of the whole. Selection is based on an individual’s record and on their potential to expand the diversity of the class. 

Interviews are not part of the admissions process.

However, the Center schedules an Open House each Fall on campus to give prospective applicants an opportunity to discuss the program with faculty, students, and alumni. The Admissions Committee also encourages prospective applicants to visit the program and sit in on a class.