MS Bridge Program at Tufts

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Tufts School of Engineering offers undergraduate students and alumni from select institutions (Lafayette College, Olin College, Smith College, Union College, and Wellesley College) a streamlined application process and tuition scholarship in a wide range of programs:

Pursuing a master’s degree will position you for success in your professional career or prepare you for further graduate study in your field. MS Bridge students receive benefits including tuition scholarships, a streamlined application process, and the ability to earn a master’s degree in as little as one year.

MS Bridge students also have the opportunity to develop their innovation, leadership, and management skills and their technical depth through our Dual Degree Program. You’ll earn both an MS in Innovation and Management and an MS in one of the technical programs of study offered by the School of Engineering. And you’ll earn both degrees in an accelerated timeframe and at a reduced cost.

Program benefits

  • Lower tuition cost: You will receive a 20% per credit tuition scholarship that will be applied throughout your enrollment in the School of Engineering MS degree program.
  • Fast time to completion: Students pursuing a non-thesis based single master’s degree can earn their degree in just one year.
  • Streamlined application process:
    • No application fee
    • Only two letters of recommendation are required
    • GRE scores are not required

Why Tufts School of Engineering?

Tufts School of Engineering combines the atmosphere of a liberal arts college with the state-of-the-art technological resources of a top-tier research university. You’ll have an easy transition to Tufts through our Bridge program, and the benefits to an MS degree at Tufts School of Engineering are simple but have a big impact:

  • Choice between thesis or non-thesis degree
  • Small class sizes
  • Personalized path of study
  • Mentorship from professors at the top of their fields
  • Collaborative research that crosses disciplines
  • Immersed in the high-tech hub of Boston

Who should apply?

We encourage applications from:

  • students who are currently completing their junior or senior year at a Bridge school and will graduate with a BS or BA.
  • alumni of Bridge schools who have graduated with a BS or BA.

Students and alumni should have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher. Each application is reviewed holistically, and applicants not meeting the GPA requirement will still be considered and reviewed by the department.

Please note that a degree in a STEM field is encouraged, but not required for the MS in Innovation and Management program. However, students and alumni should have strong quantitative ability as evidenced by prior success in technical or mathematics coursework.

How to apply

All applications are submitted through the Tufts Graduate Admissions online application portal.

When you are logged into the online application, go to the Application Information section and select the following options:

Other Information:

  • Select the option that reads Current Junior, Senior, or alumni of Lafayette College, Olin College, Smith College, Union College, or Wellesley College applying to an accelerated MS degree in the School of Engineering.

Note: By following the instructions above, the GRE, application fee, and third letter of recommendation requirements will automatically be waived once you submit your application.

Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions if you have any questions about submitting your application.

Application deadlines

  • Seniors – for enrollment in Fall 2024
    • Round 1: January 15
    • Round 2: March 15
    • Rolling Admissions: After March 15th, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis only. Contact our admissions team at if you plan to apply during the rolling admissions period.
  • Juniors – for enrollment in Fall 2024
    • Students at Bridge schools who would like to get a head start on their graduate school plans can apply for admission to any MS Bridge program during their junior year of study according to the deadlines above or can wait until their senior year to apply.

Tuition and scholarships

Please visit the tuition and scholarships webpage for information regarding School of Engineering graduate program tuition.

MS degree seeking students
All students from participating universities in the MS Bridge program will receive a 20% per credit tuition scholarship that will be applied throughout your enrollment in the School of Engineering MS degree program.

Dual MS degree seeking students (MS in Innovation and Management + MS in Engineering)
Dual degree students will be allowed to double count up to four courses toward their degrees, saving them time and money. They may also be eligible for scholarship funds upon beginning the MS in Innovation and Management.

For additional information

Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.