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Graduate Program

Admissions

Applications for admission and financial aid for both domestic and international candidates should be submitted no later than January 15 for fall enrollment, and September 15 for spring enrollment. Applicants to the graduate program are expected to have a degree at the level of Bachelor or Master in electrical or computer engineering, or a related discipline such as computer science, physics, or mathematics.

All applicants to the Master of Science program are required to select a thesis or non-thesis track on the online application. Applicants selecting the non-thesis track are required to indicate if they would like to apply to the coursework non-thesis track or the project-based non-thesis track in their personal statement.

All full time students (Master's and PhD) as well as part time PhD applicants must take the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In the case of part time Master's applicants the requirements are as follows:

  1. Any U.S. citizen or documented U.S. resident with 5 or more years of professional work experience with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2/4.0 or greater or the equivalent from an accredited or recognized engineering or computer science program will be granted a GRE waiver.
  2. Any U.S. citizen or documented U.S. resident student enrolled in a Tufts School of Engineering Certificate program, who applies part-time to a master's degree program with cumulative GPA of 3.7/4.0 will have the GRE test scores waived.

Foreign students must submit their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Tufts University's reporting code is 3901.

The online application for admission and additional information can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions website or by contacting:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Tufts University
Bendetson Hall
Medford, MA 02155
Email: gradadmissions@tufts.edu
Phone: 617-627-3395
Fax: 617-627-3860

All applications are reviewed by ECE faculty in the area of study requested by the applicant. The faculty first determines if the applicant's background is acceptable. The faculty must also determine the availability of an advisor and the resources needed to support the graduate student. On this basis, the faculty recommends or does not recommend the applicant for admission. Recommendations for admission from the faculty are reviewed and confirmed by the ECE Graduate Affairs Committee as well as the ECE Department Chair and recommendations are made to the Associate Dean of Graduate Education. A letter from the Associate Dean of Graduate Education announcing the decision and detailing the subsequent actions required is mailed to the applicant. The accepted applicant is required to sign and return a form, or reply online to accept the offer of admission and to indicate that the conditions of the acceptance are understood. Offers of admission or of admission with financial assistance which are not accepted by the applicant in a timely manner will be withdrawn.

Information on tuition and fees for each program is provided in the Graduate School Handbook. The department does not grant financial aid (tuition scholarships or teaching or research assistantships) who do not have full-time appointments. Information concerning policies and procedures of the ECE department including advancement to candidacy, requirements of the MS and PhD programs can be found in the ECE Graduate Student Handbook.

Transfer of Credit

 A maximum of two graduate-level courses taken as a non-degree student at Tufts University, or at another institution, may be transferred and used to fulfill requirements for a master's degree subject to the following conditions. Credits transferred must:

  • Carry the grade of B- or better (courses taken as pass/fail cannot be transferred)
  • Not have been counted toward another degree
  • Be courses from a properly accredited institution
  • Have been taken within the past five years
  • In the case of Tufts certificate students and undergraduate students, additional courses may be transferable. In all cases, courses to be transferred must be approved by the Department before requesting the approval of the School of Engineering. For further information on transfer of credit, refer to the Graduate Student Handbook.

Matriculation Process

Upon arrival on the Tufts campus, the entering new student should:

  • Arrange to meet with his/her academic advisor as well as the advisor for their research assistantship (RA) or teaching assistantship (TA), if appropriate
  • Visit the ECE Main Office to obtain necessary forms, verify dates and locations of orientation and other required activities, and receive supplemental information on the matriculation and registration processes.

Orientation Programs

Both the School of Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering schedule mandatory orientation programs in late August or early September for students who are entering Tufts during the Fall semester. Failure to attend these programs may jeopardize the student's financial assistance or make registration more cumbersome. Students entering a graduate program in the spring semester must make arrangements through their advisors to receive pertinent information and orientation on an individual basis. They may be required to attend some or all of the orientation programs in the first August/September following their matriculation.

Advisor Meetings

Each student should schedule a meeting with his/her academic advisor as soon as possible after arrival on campus. At this meeting, the following points should be discussed:

  • The courses to be taken in the first semester of the program.
  • The duties associated with a Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship (if student has a TA or RA advisor separate from their academic advisor, they should meet with them as well)
  • The general plan for completing the program (overall duration, course load, thesis requirements, etc.
  • Whether and what credits the student may seek to transfer from other programs.
  • How often the student should meet with the academic advisor.