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MS Bridge Program at Tufts

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Tufts School of Engineering offers undergraduate STEM majors and alums from select partner institutions (Lafayette College, Olin College, Smith College, Union College, and Wellesley College) an accelerated path to a master’s degree 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-partner students receive benefits including guaranteed 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 guaranteed $10,000 tuition scholarship.
  • 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. Students who do take the GRE and receive quantitative scores of 164 or higher will receive an additional $1,000 merit scholarship.

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 and alums at our partner schools who:

  • Are currently completing their junior or senior year and will graduate with a BS or BA in a STEM field, or who have graduated with a BS or BA in a STEM field.  Please note that a degree in a STEM field is not required for the MS in Innovation and Management program, however, students should have strong quantitative ability as evidenced by prior success in technical or mathematics coursework
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher. (Please note that each application is reviewed holistically, and applicants not meeting the GPA requirement will still be considered and reviewed by the department.)

How to apply

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

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

Application Program:

Other Information:

  • Select the option that reads Current Junior or Senior at 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 Nancy Buczko if you have any questions on how to submit your application and receive MS Bridge program benefits.

Application deadlines:

  • Seniors – for enrollment in Fall 2020
    • 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 2021
    • Students at partner 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.

Program Information and Degree requirements

Visit the School of Engineering Graduate Programs website for details on the program of study and degree requirements for all master’s degree programs.

Tuition and scholarships

Please visit the Graduate Admissions website for information on School of Engineering graduate program tuition.     

All students from participating universities in the M.S. Bridge program will receive a $10,000 tuition scholarship to be applied in two $5,000 installments during the two semesters of enrollment. Students who stay beyond two semesters, such as those pursuing a thesis-track MS degree, will pay a continuation fee, which is currently $800 per additional semester.

Students in the Dual Degree Program receive an additional $20,000 tuition discount to be applied in two $10,000 installments during their third and fourth semesters of enrollment.

In addition, students who take the GRE and receive quantitative scores of 164 or higher will receive an additional $1,000 merit scholarship. (GRE’s are not required.)

For additional information

Contact Nancy Buczko, Director of Admissions, Tufts Gordon Institute

Apply now

After March 15th, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis only. Contact admissions if you plan to apply during the rolling admissions period.