Frequently Asked Questions

As you consider Tufts Gordon Institute for graduate studies, you may have questions. We are committed to supporting you every step of the way. 

Below, you will find commonly asked questions for the master's degree programs we offer: the MS in Engineering Management, the MS in Technology Management & Leadership, the MS in Innovation and Management, and the Dual Degree program (MS in Innovation and Management + MS in Engineering).

If you have a question that is not answered below, please feel free to reach out to our Office of Admissions by contacting or calling (617) 627-2004 directly.

General Admissions Questions

Below are commonly asked questions regarding the logistics of the admissions process. Program-specific answers are listed for the instances in which requirements differ for the various programs.

  • 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.

  • 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 rounds for all of our master’s degree programs. View upcoming deadlines.

  • Some applicants will be contacted by the admissions committee for an in-person or virtual interview following a thorough review of their completed applications. In these cases, you will be contacted directly by a member of our admissions team to schedule your interview. Receiving an interview request is not indicative of your admissions decision as some admitted students will not need to go through the interview process.  

  • For the MS in Engineering Management or MS in Technology Management & Leadership programs, the letters should be from individuals who can make specific comments on your performance in the workplace. It is preferable for your current supervisor to complete one of the recommendations.

    For the MS in Innovation and Management program, 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.

    Learn more about application requirements.

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

    For the MSIM program, GRE/GMAT scores have been waived for those applying for Fall 2022.

    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. 

    View the Tufts University code numbers for submitting your GRE/GMAT.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Yes, all degrees offered through Tufts Gordon Institute qualify as STEM degrees.

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

MSEM and MSTML Questions

The MS in Engineering Management and MS in Technology Management & Leadership programs are offered as either full-time or part-time programs for working professionals that can be completed on-campus or in an online-hybrid format. 

  • The MS in Engineering Management and MS in Technology Management & Leadership programs are offered as either full-time or part-time programs for working professionals that can be completed on-campus or in an online-hybrid format. 

  • The MSEM and MSTML programs were 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 students report spending an average of 10-12 per week on their studies.

  • With the MSEM and MSTML programs' flexible, self-paced structure, students can choose to begin the program in either the Spring or Fall semesters.

  • A minimum of one year of work experience (including internships) is strongly preferred for the MSEM and MSTML programs. Recent college graduates are not suitable candidates for these programs, but may want to consider our full-time MSIM (MS in Innovation and Management) as no work experience is required. Check out our Degrees at a Glance page to review the key features of both programs.

  • 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.

    Learn more about the MSEM.

    Learn more about the MSTML.

  • Courses included in the MSEM Core Part 1 and 2 are offered during both Fall and Spring semesters, providing you the flexibility to take courses at your own pace. In other words, if you choose to take half of the courses offered in Core Part 1, you do not need to wait till the same semester of the subsequent academic year to finish the remaining courses. You can do so the following semester.