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M.S. Bridge Program at Tufts

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Tufts School of Engineering offers undergraduate STEM majors from select partner institutions (Lafayette College, Smith College, and Wellesley College) an accelerated path to a master’s degree in one of 15 programs of study:

Pursuing a master’s degree will position you for success in your professional career or prepare you for further graduate study in your field.  M.S. 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.

M.S. 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 M.S. in Innovation and Management and an M.S. 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:
    • 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.
    • No application fee
    • Only two letters of recommendation are 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 M.S. 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 at our partner schools who:

  • Are currently completing their junior or senior year and will graduate with a B.S. or B.A in a STEM field. Are currently completing their junior or senior year and will graduate with a B.S. or B.A in a STEM field.  Please note that a degree in a STEM field is not required for the M.S. 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, Smith College or Wellesley College applying to the BS/MS combined 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 M.S. Bridge program benefits.

Application deadlines:

  • Seniors – for enrollment in Fall 2020
    • December 15, 2019 – Standard application deadline.
  • Juniors – for enrollment in Fall 2021
    • December 15, 2020 – Standard application deadline.

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 M.S. 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