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School of Engineering

Combined Degree

The School of Engineering offers exceptional Tufts undergraduate students the option of pursuing a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree (B.S.-M.S.) as a thesis or non-thesis program. Combined-degree students must pay four years of undergraduate tuition and two semesters of graduate tuition (plus continuation fees as applicable).

Tufts undergraduates:

  • Are not required to pay the application fee.
  • Are only required to submit 2 letters of recommendation
  • Are not required to submit GRE scores.

B.S./M.S. degree programs offered

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Human Factors
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

How to apply

Tufts undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 for the B.S.-M.S. 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. The deadline to apply is March 15 for juniors and December 15 for seniors.

  • 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"
    • Under "Additional Information", indicate "Current Tufts Undergraduate Student"
    • For juniors only, on the "Scholarship Aid" page, please indicate "FAST-TRAC" to be considered for the scholarship program.

Degree requirements

Combined-degree students are expected to fulfill all the requirements of the bachelor's degree program. Two graduate-level credits (100-level or higher) are allowed to cross-count toward the master's degree requirements as long as: 1) the undergraduate degree is awarded from the School of Engineering and 2) the courses carry the designation of the department in which the master's portion of the combined degree program is to be completed. The School of Engineering B.S./M.S. combined degree program course distribution form can be downloaded here.

Residency requirements

Completing the combined BS/MS degree requires 8 semesters of full-time undergraduate residence and 2 semesters of full-time graduate residence. In some cases, the undergraduate residence requirement may be reduced (See "Undergraduate Policies" in the Tufts Bulletin). The graduate residence requirement cannot be reduced. In order to begin graduate residence, a B.S./M.S. student must first complete the minimum number of course credits for undergraduate study (SoE – 38 credits, A&S – 34 credits), and also complete the undergraduate residence requirement. If a student wishes to complete the undergraduate residence requirement early, the student 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 2016-2017 tuition for an engineering M.S. degree was $25,260 per semester). Master's tuition will be charged for two semesters. Students who stay beyond two semesters, such as those pursuing a thesis track, will pay a continuation fee, which is currently $800 per additional semester.

Starting in 2017, all applicants admitted to the engineering B.S./M.S. combined-degree program will receive a $15,000 tuition scholarship. Combined-degree tuition may also be reduced by the following scholarships, dependent on eligibility:

  • GRE scholarship
    An additional $5,000 will be awarded to admitted students who submit official GRE scores with a 164 or higher on the quantitative section.
  • FAST-TRAC scholarship
    Students meeting the financial guidelines to qualify as low-income will be considered for an additional $10,000 tuition scholarship, distributed over two semesters, through the NSF FAST-TRAC scholarship award program for low-income students. Students must apply to the combined-degree program during their junior year at Tufts to be considered for FAST-TRAC. Select “FAST-TRAC (Current Tufts Undergrads Only)” on the “Scholarship Aid” tab within the online application. FAST-TRAC scholars are required to participate in professional development activities during their senior year as part of the scholarship program and are expected to fulfill the obligations of the scholarship.