Admissions and Aid
Applications for admission and financial aid for both domestic and
international candidates should be submitted no later than January
15 (Ph.D. only) and May 15 (M.S. only) for fall enrollment, and
September 15 for spring enrollment. Applicants should
have completed the requirements of a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering or
similar field before enrollment into the program.
Foreign students must submit their Test of English as a Foreign
Language (TOEFL) scores. A minimum score of 577 points on the
written exam, 233 on the computerized exam, or 90 on the
internet-based exam is required. Tufts University's reporting code
is 3901. General Graduate Record Examinations (GREs) are also
The Application form
for admission and additional information can be obtained from the
Graduate Admissions website or by contacting the Office of
Graduate Admissions at:
Applicants are admitted to the
graduate programs on the basis of their educational qualifications. A key
requirement is strong academic background in mechanical engineering or a related
Information on tuition and fees
for each program is provided in the Graduate School Handbook.
The department awards teaching assistantships to full-time Ph.D. students
on a competitive basis. Typically a teaching assistant (TA)
is responsible for two courses per semester and receives a stipend in addition
to a full-tuition scholarship. TAs are appointed every semester; there is no
Teaching assistantships are a half-time position (20 hours
per week). Given that courses and research take the other half of a student's
time, it is generally not appropriate for a student to have an outside job. The
absolute maximum that a student may work an outside job is one day per week.
Failure to comply with this policy can lead to termination of all financial aid.
TAs are assigned to a course at the beginning of the
semester. TAs will be required to submit a written agreement between themselves
and the faculty who teach the courses they TA the first week of the semester. A
template for this agreement is available in the ME office. TAs will be required
to have office hours for a minimum of 3 hours per week, and these hours will be
posted on a departmental calendar. Failure to be available for these hours may
also lead to termination of the TA agreement.
At the end of the semester, faculty will submit a written
evaluation of the TA performance. Subsequent TA appointments will be contingent
Research Assistants (RAs) are sponsored by individual
faculty members to work on specific research grants for a stipend and a tuition
scholarship. RAs are appointed as funding becomes available. But it is the
responsibility of the student to find an advisor who will offer them funding.
RAs receive a stipend in addition to a full-tuition scholarship.
Research assistantships are a minimum half-time position
(20 hours per week) but may be higher depending on the expectations of the
advisor. Given the focus on research duties, it is generally not appropriate
for a student to have an outside job. The absolute maximum that a student may
work an outside job is one day per week. Failure to comply with this policy can
lead to termination of all financial aid.
RAs are expected to be on campus for a large fraction of
their time. Excessive absences or lack of progress on research are grounds for
termination of the RA support.
Scholarships and other support
The Mechanical Engineering
Department offers full and partial tuition scholarships, grader positions, and
hourly work on a selective basis. There are various other employment
opportunities available at the University and in the surrounding community. For
more information, visit the Student Employment Office in Dowling Hall.
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.
- Office Policy
To the extent possible, all
incoming graduate students will be assigned and office and a desk. Students are
expected to occupy and use these facilities while on campus. If a student
chooses not to use the desk provided to them, their office will be assigned to
another student. Please return all keys to the appropriate ME representatives
at your earliest convenience when vacating an office.