The School of Engineering offers exceptional Tufts undergraduate engineering students the option of pursuing a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree (B.S.-M.S.) as a thesis or non-thesis program. Combined-degrees students must pay four years of undergraduate tuition and two semesters of graduate tuition (plus continuation fees as applicable). The School of Engineering combined degree program is also available to students majoring in Computer Science or Engineering Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences.
- Are not required to pay the application fee.
- Are only required to submit 2 letters of recommendation
- Are not required to submit GRE scores.
How to apply
Tufts undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA (through the fall semester of the junior year) of 3.20 for the B.S.-M.S. program are strongly encouraged to apply. Please note, applicants not meeting the GPA requirement will still be considered and reviewed by the department.
Juniors and seniors seeking admission to the program must submit an application by March 1 through the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- In the section titled "Application Information", choose your program of study, which will be listed alphabetically by department.
- Under "Degree", choose "BS/MS with thesis (Tufts undergraduates only)" or "BS/MS (Tufts undergraduates only)"
- Under "Additional Information", indicate "Current Tufts Undergraduate Student"
- For juniors only, on the "Scholarship Aid" page, please indicate "FAST-TRAC" to be considered for the scholarship program.
Combined-degrees students are expected to fulfill all the requirements of the bachelor's degree program (38 credits); of these, two graduate-level credits (100-level or higher) are allowed to count toward the master's degree requirements as long as they carry the designation of the department in which the master's portion of the combined degree program is to be completed. The School of Engineering B.S./M.S. combined degree program course distribution form can be downloaded here.
Completing the combined BS/MS degree requires 8 semesters of full-time undergraduate residence and 2 semesters of full-time graduate residence. In some cases, the undergraduate residence requirement may be reduced (See "Undergraduate Policies" in the Tufts Bulletin). The graduate residence requirement cannot be reduced. In order to begin graduate residence, a B.S./M.S. student must first complete 38 units of undergraduate study and also complete the undergraduate residence requirement. If a student wishes to complete the undergraduate residence requirement early, the student must:
- Complete 38 units of undergraduate study before beginning graduate residence
- By the second week of a student's first graduate semester, submit the "Early Completion of Academic Residence" form, which can be found in the Undergraduate and Graduate students section of the Student Forms page.
Combined degree students accepted for matriculation in Fall 2017-2018 will receive a $15,000 tuition scholarship. An additional $5,000 will be awarded to admitted students who submit official GRE scores with a 164 or higher on the quantitative section. Students pursuing a thesis track must pay the $800 continuation fee, in full, if needed.
- FAST-TRAC scholarship
Students meeting the financial guidelines to qualify as low-income are eligible to apply for an additional $10,000 tuition scholarship, distributed over two semesters, through the NSF FAST-TRAC scholarship award program for low-income students, but must apply during their junior year at Tufts. FAST-TRAC scholars are required to participate in professional development activities during their senior year as part of the scholarship program and are expected to fulfill the obligations of the scholarship.