DUSP PASS Prospective Applicants for Fall 2020
[COVID-19 disclaimer: due to the Department of Urban Studies and Planning’s decision to not accept outside applicants in the 2020 application cycle, PASS is only open to internal applicants and prospective PhDs, current 5-year undergraduates, and dual degree candidates already enrolled in an MIT program. We plan to reopen to the broader Masters of City Planning (MCP) applicant pool when the department reopens the application process next year.]
The Students of Color Committee (SCC), Latinx, and Queers in the Built Environment (QuBE) at MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) are committed to increasing the diversity of each admitted class and are excited that you are considering the PASS program in your application process.
What is PASS?
PASS is a mentorship program intended to support prospective international applicants, queer applicants, and applicants of color by connecting them to current students who can provide guidance during the application process. Mentors can advise on individual applications, proofread final drafts of essays, and answer questions about the curriculum. The PASS program is most active during the fall and winter months.
Steps to apply:
Please complete the form below if you are interested in signing up for an SCC-PASS mentor. As this is a student-led initiative, the availability of mentors varies and it may take a few weeks to be matched. Upon being matched, an SCC-PASS member or mentor will contact you via email. Please note: this initiative is primarily geared toward prospective Masters students; PhD students are welcome to sign up, but our ability to match you is quite limited as most volunteers are Masters students. If you'd like additional information about the PhD program, we encourage you to reach out to the departmental contact for PhD admissions.
If you have any questions, feel free to send us a message at
Name You Use
I am a prospective
Dual degree student
My potential program group is
City Design & Development
Environmental Policy & Planning
Housing, Community & Economic Development
International Development Group
My academic interests include:
My professional experience includes:
I'm interested in discussing the following topics with my mentor:
Life and curriculum at DUSP
Choosing between grad schools
Proofreading and editing essays and work samples
Applying as an international student
Just a friend to talk to!
Are there particular labs/centers/organizations that you're interested in? (CoLab, Senseable City, DRAN, etc?)
I am from (place you grew up, where you call home, etc)
Geographic area of interest?
Prefer not to answer
20 or under
Undergraduate Area of Study
Undergraduate (or other) Academic Institutions
Before we match you, do you have any immediate question or concerns that you'd like to talk through with a mentor? Write any questions, comments, or concerns you have here.
Have you received support and/or mentorship on your application from any current DUSP students? If yes, who?
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