The Tufts Department of Mechanical Engineering offers the following programs:

Non-thesis degrees can be completed in one academic year of full-time study.

Master's degrees require a minimum of 30 credits and the fulfillment of at least 10 courses at the 100-level or above with grades of S (satisfactory) or at least a B-.

Thesis and non-thesis MS degrees can be pursued on a part-time basis.

Graduate Student Advising

Upon matriculation, graduate students are assigned a faculty advisor who provides advice about registration for courses and program requirements. The interaction between the graduate student and a faculty member is one of the most significant aspects of a graduate student's time at Tufts.

Thesis students

For thesis-based MS students, as progress is made on the degree, suitable thesis topics are discussed between the student and department faculty members. The selection of a thesis advisor should be completed by the end of the second term of full-time study. This advisor then assumes all advising duties for the student. After selecting a thesis topic and an advisor, students in the thesis-based MS program must register for thesis credit, normally beginning in the third term of full-time study. Thesis-based MS students also have a thesis committee that works with the thesis advisor to ensure success. All candidates for the thesis-based MS degrees must defend their thesis in an oral examination in an open forum.

Non-thesis students

Non-thesis based MS candidates who conduct an engineering project must present a poster in an open forum of their project work upon its completion.

Student resources:

For further information, please contact:

Marc Hodes
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Program Director

All graduate students receive an email account and shared mailbox space in the Mechanical Engineering Main Office. Students are responsible for checking their mailbox and email regularly, as well as the Department website to remain up-to-date on department and university matters, and for informing the department of any changes of local address or phone number.