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) 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 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 20% tuition scholarship to be applied in equal installments during the two semesters of enrollment.
  • 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.

    When you are logged into the Engineering CAS application, go to the “Add Program” option and select the following options:

    • Institution: Tufts University
    • State: Massachusetts
    • Area of Study: Select your choice of degree program
    • Program Level: Masters
    • Start Term: Fall
    • Delivery: Onsite

    Once you have entered the search terms above, select your program of interest to add it to your Engineering CAS application.

    Other Information:

    • In your Engineering CAS application select the "Program Materials" section, choose "Questions" and select "Current student or undergraduate alumni of Lafayette College, Olin College, Smith College, Union College, or Wellesley College" from the list of options.

    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 Ethan Robles if you have any questions on how to submit your application and receive MS Bridge program benefits.

    Application deadlines

    • Seniors – for enrollment in Fall 2022
      • 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 2023
      • 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.

    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.

    MS degree seeking students
    All students from participating universities in the MS Bridge program will receive a 20% tuition scholarship to be applied in equal 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 $950 per additional semester.

    Dual MS degree seeking students
    Students enrolling in the Dual Degree Program will receive a 20% tuition scholarship applied in equal installments during the first two semesters of enrollment. An additional $20,000 tuition discount to be applied in two $10,000 installments during their third and fourth semesters of enrollment.

    For additional information

    Contact Ethan Robles, Assistant Director of Admissions, Tufts Gordon Institute