Dual Degree: MSIM + M.S. in Engineering Admissions - Gordon Institute
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Develop your innovation, leadership and management skills and build your technical depth with our Dual Master’s Degree program. You’ll earn two degrees - an M.S. Innovation & Management (MSIM) and an M.S. offered by one of the six academic departments within the School of Engineering. And, you earn both degrees in an accelerated timeframe and at a reduced cost.

There is only 1 application for the Dual Master's Degree program. Applicants do not need to submit separate applications for the MSIM and M.S. in Engineering programs.

If you have any questions about the Gordon Institute's Dual Master's Degree program, please contact the admissions staff directly. For additional detailed application instructions, visit the Tufts Graduate Admissions website.

Application Deadline

Applicants can expect to hear back from the Admissions Committee within 4-6 weeks from the deadline. The School of Engineering has extended the deadline to May 15, 2019.

Applicants who are not accepted to the Dual Degree program may still be admitted to either the MSIM or the M.S. in Engineering program individually.

Application Requirements

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.


  • A current résumé that outlines your employment and academic history.

3 Letters of Recommendation

  • The letters can be either academic (written by professors) or professional. If you have work experience, it is preferable for one of the letters to be from a work supervisor/manager. It is important that the recommendations provide insight into your technical skills as well as your leadership and innovation potential.
  • Note for Tufts students and alumni: It is recommended that you submit 3 letters of recommendation during the application process.

Personal Statement

  • Applicants must submit a 1200-1500 word essay following the Graduate Admissions prompt. Please make sure your statement addresses your reasons for wanting to enroll in both degree programs.
    • What previous experiences and commitments have brought you to consider applying for graduate training? What are your chief objectives in applying now? How do you think this Tufts program will help you in the pursuit of your objectives and vocation? 
  • Optional Additional Short Essay: Applicants may also submit a 200-250 word essay in which they respond to one of the three following prompts. This is not required and should only be submitted if it will provide the Admissions Committee with a more complete picture of who you are.
    • Tell us about a time when you had to convince an individual or group of your idea.
    • Tell us about your most meaningful leadership experience.
    • 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.

GRE Scores

  • The GRE is required for the Dual Degree program. All test scores should be reported directly to Tufts University. Tufts University's code number is 3901. Your GRE scores can be reported to Tufts University after you have submitted your application, but no more than 2 weeks after the application deadline. The GRE requirement is waived for all Tufts students and alumni.

Application Fee

  • The application fee of $85 is payable through the online application by credit card or e-check, and is not refundable. The fee is waived for the following groups through the use of a fee waiver obtained from Tufts Gordon Institute admissions.
    • Applicants who attend any admissions event
    • Tufts University alumni
    • Tufts University employees


  • Prospective students are encouraged to visit campus if possible. During your visit, we can arrange for you to meet with faculty, staff and current 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 into the program.


Tufts Gordon Institute awards tuition scholarships on the basis of merit and need. Both U.S. citizens/permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens are considered for scholarships. 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 Dual Master's Degree program are guaranteed generous tuition scholarships.

International Applicants


You are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if you are either:

  1. An international resident located in the US (e.g. an H1B visa holder or the spouse of a US citizen holding an immigrant visa) and you are not a native English speaker
  2. An international resident who does not meet one of the criteria required to obtain a waiver

A minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL, 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 on the Graduate Admissions website. Please note that work experience in the US does not qualify you for a TOEFL waiver.

For TOEFL scores: The Tufts University school code number is 3901.

For IELTS scores: Please select that your scores be sent to: Tufts University – Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. IELTS scores can also be sent directly via postal mail to the following address:

Tufts University
Office of Graduate Admissions
2 the Green, Bendetson Hall
Medford, MA 02155