The Tufts Department of
Mechanical Engineering offers an MS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Human
Factors Engineering, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. We also offer a
Master of Engineering (MEng) degree that is especially well suited for
part-time, practicing engineers.
Students may enroll
full-time or part-time in any Master's program but tuition scholarships,
teaching assistantships, and research assistantships are only available, on a
competitive basis, to full-time MS and PhD candidates. In general the PhD
program is for full time students only, and any deviation from this policy must
be approved by vote of the department faculty.
The School of Engineering also offers an cross-departmental,
interdisciplinary bioengineering (M.S./M.Eng.) program that
provides a broad engineering and biotechnology curriculum,
while offering a focus on a specific engineering track that
best fits students' interests and career choices. This combination
gives our bioengineering graduates professional flexibility, a
distinct competitive advantage in the ever-changing field of bioengineering.
graduate students are assigned a faculty advisor who provides advice about
registration for courses and program requirements. As the student progresses,
suitable thesis or project topics are discussed between the student and
department faculty members. The selection of a thesis (MS, PhD) or project (MEng)
advisor should be completed by the end of the second term of full-time study.
This advisor then assumes all advising duties for the student. After selecting
a thesis topic and an advisor, students in the MS and PhD programs must register
for thesis credit, normally beginning in the third term of full-time study. For
the PhD, a thesis prospectus describing the proposed project must be submitted
by the end of the third term, and before the formal thesis proposal defense (see
respective program descriptions for more detail). Students pursuing the MEng
degree register for project credit during the final semester of their degree
The interaction between the
graduate student and a faculty member is one of the most significant aspects of
a graduate student's time at Tufts. MS and PhD students also have a thesis
committee that works with the thesis advisor to ensure success. PhD students
must successfully complete the PhD qualifying exams before the end of the first
year in the program, prior to initiating their research. All candidates for the
MS and PhD. degrees must defend their thesis in an oral examination in an open
forum. MEng. candidates must make an oral presentation in an open forum of
their project work upon its completion.
All Mechanical Engineering graduate students should also obtain a copy of the
current Graduate Student Handbook under the Student Service link in the
Graduate Studies website
and the University Bulletin
for general University requirements and deadlines. In addition, course
offerings are available at the
All graduate students receive an email account and shared mailbox space in the
Mechanical Engineering Main Office (Anderson 204).
Students are responsible
for checking their mailbox and email regularly, as well as the Department
website to remain up-to-date on department and university matters, and for
informing the department of any changes of local address or phone number.
For further information, please contact:
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Chair of Graduate Committee