Combined Degree

Earn your MS degree in as little as 9 months or at your own pace! The School of Engineering is now offering part-time combined degree (BS/MS) as well as full-time.

The School of Engineering offers exceptional Tufts undergraduate students the option of pursuing a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree (BS/MS) as a thesis or non-thesis program. Students may enroll full-time or part-time while participating in the master’s degree portion of the combined degree program, but must enroll immediately after completion of their BS degree. No deferrals are available for this program.

The deadline to apply is April 1 (extended deadline) for seniors and March 15 for juniors.

Tufts undergraduates:

  • Can double count two SOE graduate-level courses (100-level or higher) toward the MS degree requirements and transfer in any eligible Tufts SOE graduate courses officially reserved for graduate credit from their undergraduate studies.
    • Students matriculating in the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, who do not have reserved/eligible Tufts courses to transfer in, are eligible for a supplemental BS/MS tuition scholarship.
    • See examples of tuition costs.
  • Are not required to pay the application fee.
  • Are only required to submit 2 letters of recommendation.
  • Are not required to submit GRE scores.
  • Tufts undergraduate students admitted to a BS/MS program are not required to pay the enrollment deposit. Please confirm your intent to enroll by filling out the “Decision Reply Form” in your application portal.

BS/MS degree programs offered

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity and Public Policy (must enroll in fall semester)
  • Data Science
  • Dual Degree Program: Innovation and Management + Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Innovation and Management
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Offshore Wind Energy Engineering
  • Software Systems Development

How to apply

Tufts undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 for the BS/MS program are strongly encouraged to apply. Please note that applicants not meeting the GPA requirement will still be considered and reviewed by the department.

Tufts undergraduate students must submit an application through the Office of Graduate Admissions.

  • In the section titled "Application Information", choose your program of study, which will be listed alphabetically by department.
    • Under "Degree", choose "BS/MS with thesis (Tufts undergraduates only)" or "BS/MS (Tufts undergraduates only)"
    • Under "Registration Status", choose "Full-time" or "Part-time"
    • Under "Additional Information", indicate "Current Tufts Undergraduate Student"
  • Seniors must submit their graduation packet and Course Distribution Form to Student Services by May 1. Forms will not be accepted after May 1; there will be no exceptions. Seniors who apply to the combined degree program will be required to submit this form as a part of their application materials. If the required forms for course distribution have not been submitted by May 1 to Student Services, you will be considered for the master’s program only, not the combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program.

Degree requirements

Combined-degree students are expected to fulfill all the requirements of the bachelor's degree program. Two SOE graduate-level credits (100-level or higher) are allowed to cross-count toward the master's degree requirements as long as the courses carry the designation of the department in which the master’s portion of the combined degree program is completed.

Seniors must submit their graduation packet and Course Distribution Form to Student Services by May 1. Forms will not be accepted after May 1; there will be no exceptions.

Residency requirements

Completing the combined BS/MS degree requires 8 semesters of full-time undergraduate residence. In some cases, the undergraduate residence requirement may be reduced (See "Undergraduate Policies" in the Tufts Bulletin). Students enrolled in the Cybersecurity and Public Policy BS/MS program must complete two semesters of graduate residence. In order to begin graduate residence, a BS/MS student must first complete the minimum number of course credits for undergraduate study (A&S and SOE – 120 SHUs), and also complete the undergraduate residence requirement. Students must:

  • Complete the minimum number of course credits for undergraduate study before beginning graduate residence
  • By the second week of a student's first graduate semester, submit the "Early Completion of Academic Residence" form, which can be found in the Undergraduate and Graduate students section of the Student Forms page.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition amounts for a School of Engineering master’s degree are listed on the Graduate Admissions website once approved by the Board of Trustees (for instance, the 2021-2022 tuition rate for an engineering MS degree is $1,697 per credit). Combined degree students must pay four years of undergraduate tuition and the per-credit graduate tuition rate during their master’s program (plus continuation fees for each additional graduate semester beyond two semesters). The continuation fee is currently $1000 per semester. Courses taken which are unrelated and not credit bearing towards a student's degree program will be charged at the standard School of Engineering per-credit rate.

Please contact the School of Engineering Graduate Programs Office with questions regarding the BS/MS program. Email: gradadmissions@tufts.edu; phone: 617-627-3395.

Examples of tuition costs

Student #1 double counts six credits towards the combined degree and has reserved another three credits towards the MS degree. To complete the MS degree, they will need to take an additional 21 credits at the per credit rate of $1,697. The tuition cost of the MS degree will be $35,637. 

Student #1

 

Credits

Tuition Cost

Double counted

6

$-10,182

Reserved for MS degree

3

$-5,091

 

 

 

MS degree requires

30

$50,910

Credits saved

9

$-15,273

Credits remaining

21

$35,637

 

Student #2 double counts six credits towards the combined degree and has not reserved credits towards the MS degree. To complete the MS degree, they will need to take an additional 24 credits at the per credit rate of $1,697. Students with less than nine credits applied towards the MS degree will receive a supplemental BS/MS scholarship* to reduce the MS tuition cost to $35,910.

Student #2

 

Credits

Tuition Cost

Double counted

6

$-10,182

Reserved for MS degree

0

$0

 

 

 

MS degree requires

30

$50,910

Credits saved

6

$-10,182

Supplemental BS/MS scholarship*

0

$-4,818

Credits remaining

24

$35,910

*The BS/MS scholarship is only available to those matriculating in the 2022-2023 academic year with fewer than nine credits double counted and/or reserved towards the MS degree. The scholarship amount will supplement the number of credits saved to reach $15,000 in total MS tuition discount.