International Applicants

Tufts Gordon Institute welcomes applications from international students. We believe that a diverse community creates a dynamic learning environment where students learn through exposure to different perspectives and experiences. Due to the intensive nature of our two-year M.S. in Engineering Management program, international students quality for full-time status at Tufts University and are able to study on a student visa.

For instructions on the MSEM application process visit our Apply to Tufts MSEM Program page. Additional information for international students and applicants can also be found on the Tufts International Center website. Visit our student resources page for additional links related to housing and living in Boston.

TOEFL or ILETS for International Students

 If your native language is not English and you have not earned a university degree (undergraduate degree or graduate degree lasting two or more years) where English was the language of instruction, you are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please note: student copies or photocopies of TOEFL/IELTS scores are not accepted.

If an applicant satisfies one of more of the following conditions, s/he is not required to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score:

  • Citizenship of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an Anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean;
  • A college or university degree earned in the United States or in one of the countries listed above prior to submission of this application;
  • Current enrollment as a full-time student in a degree-granting program in the United States or at an English-speaking school in one of the countries listed above. The student must have successfully completed two consecutive full time academic years of college or university work prior to the date of anticipated enrollment at Tufts University.

A minimum score of 90 on the Internet-based TOEFL (577 on the paper-based TOEFL), with subscores of 22 – 30 on each of the four components (reading, writing, listening, speaking) is generally considered evidence of sufficient English language ability for graduate study at Tufts Gordon Institute. Equivalent scores of 6.5 on the IELTS (with subscores of 7), are also considered indication of sufficient ability. Please note: Student copies or photocopies of TOEFL/IELTS scores are not accepted. Information about registering for the TOEFL is available at Information about the IELTS is available at Remember to enter the Tufts University code number 3901 to send the score report directly to Tufts University’s Office of Graduate Studies. To ensure timely score reporting, we suggest that you take the required standardized test at least one month prior to the admissions deadline.

Important steps to complete if you are accepted:

Enrollment Confirmation

You must return your enrollment decision form with a $300 (USD) non-refundable tuition deposit by the date indicated on the form. Along with your official letter of acceptance, you will receive a Financial Declaration for Visa Issuance form and an Estimate of Expenses. The Financial Declaration form must be completed and returned directly to the International Center at Tufts.

Financial Certification

Foreign students must verify that they have the financial ability to cover their educational and living expenses.

View M.S. in Engineering Management tuition information >

View details on living expenses on the Tufts International Center website >

An international student who is not awarded financial assistance will not be granted final admission until he or she can demonstrate the ability to support himself or herself while at Tufts and to pay the expenses for traveling both to and from this country. In certain cases the International Center may require a sponsor to deposit tuition in the university’s account prior to issuing a visa.

Health Insurance and Health Fee

All Tufts University international students are required to purchase the Tufts University health insurance plan to comply with Massachusetts law. For more detailed information on this, please visit the Tufts University Health Services website.

Tufts International Center

International students who need visa assistance are admitted to Tufts University only as full-time students. The Tufts International Center will issue you your form I-20 or your form IAP-66 and offer you assistance while you attend Tufts Gordon Institute.

Tufts University International Center


On-Campus Employment

Students in the U.S. on F-1 visas are able to work on campus. “On-campus” refers to the Tufts campus only. Students may work for no more than 20 hours per week while school is in session or full-time during vacation periods. Please keep in mind that Tufts Gordon Institute cannot guarantee an on-campus job. Therefore, F-1 students should plan their finances accordingly.

Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of off-campus employment opportunity for international students who hold an F-1 student visa. Students must meet certain requirements in order to be approved for CPT. Students must be enrolled at Tufts University in full-time status for at least 9 months prior to seeking CPT. View additional details on applying for CPT.

Optional Practical Training

An F-1 student may apply for Optional Practical Training (before or after completion of studies) provided he or she has been a full-time student in good standing, and has maintained legal F-1 status for at least one academic year. Employment must be directly related to the student’s field of study. F-1 students are eligible for up to a maximum of 12 months practical training. Processing time is normally between 2-3 months. View additional details on applying for OPT.

Timeframe for CPT and OPT in the MSEM Program

Semester in the MSEM Program Eligibility for Practical Training
Semester 1 Not eligible (one academic year requirement)
Semester 2 Not eligible (one academic year requirement)
Summer Full-time CPT or Full-time pre-completion OPT
Semester 3 Part-time CPT or Part-time pre-completion OPT
Semester 4 Full-time CPT or Part-time pre-completion OPT
After completion of coursework, during ILP (EM 280) Full-time CPT
After graduation or End Date on Form I-20 Full-time Post-Completion OPT

*Students are granted a total of 12-months of OPT.