Frequently Asked Questions

As you consider Tufts Gordon Institute for graduate studies, you may have questions about our programs, the application process, or attending Tufts as an international student. We are committed to supporting you along your journey to graduate studies. 

Below, you will find commonly asked questions for the master's degree programs we offer: the MS in Engineering Management (MSEM), the MS in Technology Management & Leadership (MSTML), and the MS in Innovation and Management (MSIM), as well as general questions that may be pertinent to all prospective Tufts Gordon Institute students. 

If you have a question that is not answered below, please feel free to reach out to our Office of Admissions directly by calling  +1 617-627-6073 or emailing

Program Questions

Below are commonly asked questions that are pertinent to all of our graduate programs: the MS in Engineering Management, MS in Technology Management & Leadership, and MS in Innovation & Management.

  • The MS in Engineering Management and MS in Technology Management & Leadership programs are offered as either full-time (F-1 visa eligible) programs or as part-time online programs.

  • The MSEM and MSTML programs are designed to be flexible and self-paced, so students can choose to begin these programs in either the Spring or Fall (no matter the format they choose). The MSIM program is only available as a full-time, in-person, cohort-based program which must be started in the Fall term. 

  • MSEM: One or more years of work or internship experience

    MSTML: One or more years of work or internship experience

    MSIM: Recent college graduate or early career professional with 0-5 years of work experience

  • Online courses are delivered asynchronously allowing you the flexibility to engage in self-paced studies. Assignments, interactive discussions boards, class notes, and more are managed through Canvas, the learning management system at Tufts University. 

    Ensuring your success throughout the program, our faculty members host individualized coaching sessions and virtual office hours with your unique schedule in mind. Each course also offers regular, supplementary opportunities to engage with fellow cohort members and instructors, including group-based assignments and discussions. 

    Unequivocally, students can expect high-quality and meaningful interactions to help them become bold, transformative leaders.

  • The MSEM and MSTML part-time program format was designed with working professionals’ full-time schedules in mind, and the hours required for course-related work and projects are commensurate with part-time graduate study. While the time spent is highly individual, most online students report spending an average of 10-12 per week on their studies.

  • The MSEM and MSIM degrees qualify as STEM degrees and are STEM extension of OPT eligible. The MSTML does not currently qualify as a STEM degree.

  • Yes. Tufts Gordon Institute offers individual graduate-level courses through University College. Two courses can later be transferred in as electives for the MSEM, MSTML, or MSIM program should you decide to apply. Enroll in a course or discover offerings. 

Application Questions

Below you will find common questions prospective students may have during the application process. You can find the online application portal here

  • Yes! The application fee is waived for all prospective students who attend an information session for their program of interest. View all upcoming information sessions.

    The fee is also waived for students and alumni of Tufts University, partner institutions in our MS Bridge program and other applicants who meet specific criteria. View the complete list of who qualifies for an application fee waiver.  

  • There are multiple application deadlines for all of our master’s degree programs. View upcoming deadlines.

  • For the MSIM, MSEM or MSTML programs, standardized test scores are not required.

    All test scores should be reported directly to Tufts University. Your GRE/GMAT scores can be reported to Tufts University after you have submitted your application, but no more than 2 weeks after the application deadline. 

    For more information: see application requirements page 

  • Although the majority of our students in our degree programs have STEM degrees, it is not a requirement for admission. We look for strong quantitative ability as evidenced by prior success in technical or mathematics coursework, and a strong desire to leverage technology to develop innovative solutions to drive impact. Each year students join the Tufts Gordon Institute community with a wide range of backgrounds, including business and the liberal arts.

  • Tufts Gordon Institute offers merit-based scholarships to qualified applicants for all of our graduate programs. Recipients will be notified of the amount and terms of their award at the time of acceptance. International students are eligible for these scholarships.

    To be considered for a tuition scholarship, applicants must fill out the financial aid section of the online application. We encourage applicants who want to be considered for a Gordon Institute scholarship to complete their application for admission, along with the corresponding financial assistance section, by the Round 2 application deadline.

    Check out our Scholarships and Financial Aid page for information on other scholarships offered to students and alumni of Tufts University, partner institutions in our MS Bridge program, and U.S. veterans.

Enrollment Questions

Below are common questions you may have after hitting "submit" on your application for any of our graduate programs. 

  • Applicants will generally hear back from the admissions committee within 4-6 weeks from the application deadline.

Contact Our Admissions Team

If you still have questions about our programs or the admissions process, we welcome you to contact our admissions team at  +1 617-767-9089 or to start the conversation. You may also visit our admissions page for further information. 

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