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Thank you for your interest in Tufts University's Gordon Institute’s M.S. in Innovation and Management program. We look forward to receiving your application and helping you through the admissions process. Please contact the admissions staff with any questions along the way.

Application Timeline

Tufts Gordon Institute offers two application rounds.

During the rolling admissions period, applications will be accepted on a space available basis. Applicants will hear back from the admissions committee within one month from the application deadline.

The 2018-19 Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Round 1 - January 15
  • Round 2 - March 15
  • Rolling Admissions Period - After March 15

International Applicants: If you will be applying for a student visa, you are strongly encouraged to apply by Round 2 (March 15) in order to allow adequate time for visa processing.

Scholarships: Tufts Gordon Institute awards tuition scholarships to M.S. in Innovation and Management students on the basis of merit and need to both U.S. citizens/permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens. Since funding is limited, applicants who would like to be considered for a tuition scholarship are encouraged to submit their applications by Round 2.

Tufts Alumni Advantage Scholarship ProgramAll Tufts alumni and students who apply for the M.S. in Innovation and Management program are guaranteed generous tuition scholarships.

Who Should Apply?

Tufts Gordon Institute seeks to enroll students with a diverse range of educational backgrounds, experience and career goals.

We believe that a diverse community creates a dynamic learning environment where students learn through exposure to different perspectives.

What background and experience do we look for in MSIM applicants?

  • An undergraduate degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) is preferred but not required. About 20 percent of incoming MSIM students do not have an undergraduate STEM degree. In these instances, we look for strong quantitative ability as evidenced by prior success in technical or mathematics coursework.
  • Work experience of 0-2 years represents the largest segment of our student population. Students with more than two years of experience are also encouraged to apply if they are interested in gaining the leadership and business skills to become innovative leaders.
  • The ability to contribute in a dynamic, interactive classroom environment.
  • A strong desire to leverage technology to develop innovative solutions to drive lasting positive impact.

Application Requirements

For additional detailed application instructions visit the Tufts Graduate Admissions website.

Academic Records

Applicants are required to upload an unofficial (student) copy of transcripts received from each college or university attended where credit was earned toward an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree.

Two Letters of Recommendation

The letters can be either academic (written by professors) or professional. If you have some work experience, it is preferable for one of the letters to be from a work supervisor/manager. 

Personal Statement

A 600-800 word essay that addresses the following question: Why do you want to attend Tufts Gordon Institute M.S. in Innovation & Management program and how does it fit into your future career aspirations and personal goals?


A current résumé that outlines your academic and employment history.


Either the GRE or GMAT is required for the M.S. in Innovation & Management program. All test scores should be reported directly to Tufts University. Tufts University's code number is 3901.

The GRE/GMAT requirement is waived for all Tufts students and alumni.

Optional Essay - not required

An optional short essay (200-250 words) in which you respond to one of three prompts. This essay is not required and should be completed only if you feel it will provide the admissions committee with a more complete picture of who you are.

Choose from one of the three questions. 1. Tell us about a time when you had to convince an individual or group of your idea. 2. Tell us about your most meaningful leadership experience. 3. Tell us about a time when you identified an opportunity for improvement within your department/company/organization and you were able to successfully implement this change.

Application Fee

The $85 application fee is payable by credit card or e-check through the online application and is not refundable.

The application fee is waived for:

Contact Tufts Gordon Institute admissions for instructions on how to obtain your fee waiver.


Prospective students are encouraged to visit campus if possible. During your visit we can arrange for you to meet with faculty, staff and current MSIM students. Applicants who are unable to visit campus may be invited to participate in a Skype interview after the admissions committee has conducted an initial review of your completed application. In these cases, an interview provides us with the opportunity to learn more about you and for you to gain additional insight to the Tufts M.S. in Innovation and Management program.  

International Applicants


Applicants who are not native speakers of English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL (600 on the paper-based OEFL), with subscores of 25 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 7 on the IELTS (with subscores of 7), are also considered indication of sufficient ability.

If an applicant meets certain criteria, the TOEFL or IELTS is not required. Please view additional details via the Graduate Admissions website.

Reapplication & Deferral Policies

Application materials will be kept for one year by the Tufts University Graduate Admissions Office. You can reactivate your application within that time by submitting a new application form and fee online. Reapplication must occur by the deadline dates provided for new applications. We encourage you to update your application with new materials when appropriate.  If you have changed jobs since applying for instance, it is beneficial for the admissions committee to receive an additional new letter of recommendation.

If you are admitted to the M.S. in Innovation & Management program, but unable to enroll, you may defer enrollment for a maximum of one year. Please reach out to a member of the admissions committee at: with your deferral request.