MSIM students at Fall Orientation

International Students

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. We have compiled some important information for international applicants below, with further details and resources available at the Tufts International Center website.

Admissions Guidelines

  • All students studying full-time and on-campus in any Tufts Gordon Institute program are F-1 Visa eligible.

    Please refer to the program page of your specific program of interest below for further details:

  • 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

    Please view additional details on theĀ Graduate Admissions website.

General Guidelines

  • Since the MSIM and MSEM degree programs are STEM degrees, students may apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT).

    The MSTML program is not currently eligible for a STEM extension of OPT.

    For more information about STEM extensions of OPT at Tufts, please click here.

  • International students may apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) when they would like to work off-campus. All students at Tufts Gordon Institute will have an opportunity to intern in the US. Internships also have the potential to be extended, which can increase the length of your program at Tufts.

  • A great opportunity to finance your degree while gaining work experience is working a part-time, on-campus job. You are able to work up to 20 hours per week without requiring an OPT or CPT.

Additional Resources

Additional information for international students and applicants can also be found on theĀ Tufts International Center website. Sophia Alfred, International Student & Scholar Advisor for Tufts School of Engineering, is also available for 1-on-1 guidance at or +1 (617) 627-3458.

Sophia Alfred, International Student & Scholar for Tufts School of Engineering