Combined Degree

Earn your MS degree in as little as 9 months or at your own pace!

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. Combined-degree students must pay four years of undergraduate tuition and up to two semesters of graduate tuition (plus continuation fees for each additional graduate semester). Students must be enrolled full-time while participating in the BS/MS program.

The deadline to apply has been extended to December 15 for seniors and March 15 for juniors.

Tufts undergraduates:

  • Can receive a $15,000 tuition scholarship
  • Can double count two SOE graduate-level credits (100-level or higher) toward the MS degree requirements
  • 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
  • Data Science
  • 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"
    • 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. Students must be enrolled full-time while participating in the BS/MS program.

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 full-time 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:

  • 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 for an engineering MS degree is $25,455 per semester). For most MS degree programs in Engineering, 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 $950 per additional semester. Courses taken which are unrelated to a student's degree program will be charged at the standard School of Engineering per-credit rate.

Tufts undergraduates currently enrolled and admitted to an engineering BS/MS combined-degree program, except Cybersecurity and Public Policy, will receive a $15,000 tuition scholarship.

As a joint program between the School of Engineering and The Fletcher School, tuition in the Cybersecurity and Public Policy program is charged by credit hours rather than by semester. Due to this difference, the exact amount of cost savings for BS/MS students in this program will depend on the number of courses taken as an undergraduate that are double-counted toward the MS degree.

Combined-degree tuition may also be reduced by the following scholarships, dependent on eligibility:

  • GRE scholarship
    An additional $5,000 will be awarded to Tufts undergraduate students admitted to our BS/MS program who submit official GRE scores with a 164 or higher on the quantitative section to the Office of Graduate Admissions by May 1st.

Please contact the School of Engineering Graduate Programs Office with questions regarding the BS/MS program. Email:; phone: 617-627-1332.