How do you decide who to admit?
All parts of the application are very important. Each part may be weighed differently depending on the specific focus area and university.
For instance, quantitative measures like the GRE and GPA (in relevant courses) may be the deciding factor for an applicant who wants to focus in an area that is mathematically and statistically dense like High Speed Rail. By contrast, the qualitative components of an application like the statement of objectives and letters of recommendation may be more important for focusing on land use – transport interactions.
Will you accept TOEFL or IELTS scores in place of the interview?
No, those certificates are useful, but in the interview we want to get more information than just the level of conversational skills in English. Attitude, motivation and ease of expression about complex settings are also important items that are evaluated through the interview. The application process of MIT Portugal does not accept TOEFL or IELTS scores.
Can I apply to take coursework only and not the thesis/dissertation?
No, not at this time. However, you may want to consider applying to the CTIS Master’s program.