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Tufts Gordon Institute seeks to enroll students with a diverse range of educational backgrounds and professional experience who have a strong desire to be leaders within technology driven companies. Since the MSEM program is a part-time program, applicants should be working professionals who are living in the Boston area.

A minimum of two years of work experience, including internships, is strongly preferred. We believe that your experience as a technical professional tells us more about your capabilities than a standardized test, so M.S. in Engineering Management applicants are not required to submit GRE or GMAT test scores. An undergraduate degree in a STEM discipline (science, technology, engineering, and math) is preferred but not required.

The Two-Year and the Three-Year M.S. in Engineering Management programs at Tufts University's Gordon Institute have the same application process.

If you have any questions about your qualifications for our MSEM program or the application process, please contact the Gordon Institute's admissions staff.  For additional detailed application instructions, visit the Tufts Graduate Admissions website.

Application Timeline

Tufts Gordon Institute offers four application rounds. Applicants will generally hear back from the admissions committee within 4-6 weeks from the application deadline. Please contact our admissions staff if you have questions regarding the status of your application.

The 2018-19 Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Round 1 - January 15
  • Round 2 - March 15
  • Round 3 - May 1
  • Round 4 - June 10
  • Rolling Admissions - Applications will be accepted on a space-available basis through July 22.

Scholarships: Tufts Gordon Institute awards a limited number of tuition scholarships to M.S. in Engineering Management students. To be considered for a scholarship, you are encouraged to complete the scholarship aid form included within the online admissions process, submitting your application by the Round 2 deadline (March 15th).

The Tufts Alumni Advantage Scholarship Program provides guaranteed scholarships to all Tufts alumni who are accepted to the MSEM program.

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. If you are offered admission and decide to enroll in the MSEM program, you will be required to request that official hard copy transcripts from all of your degree-granting institutions be sent directly to Tufts.


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

Two Letters of Recommendation

  • 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.

Personal Statement

  • All applicants must submit a 600-800 word essay that answers the question:
    • "Why do you want to attend Tufts Gordon Institute's M.S. in Engineering Management program and how does it fit into your future career aspirations and personal goals?"
  • If you would like, you may also submit an optional short essay (200-250 words) in which you respond to one of three prompts below. 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:
    • 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.
  • Please use the prompt(s) and word count guidelines provided above. Although the Tufts Graduate School online application indicates a maximum limit (5 pages or 2,500 words) for the personal statement, these specifications do not apply to MSEM program applicants.

GRE or GMAT (Optional)

  • Tufts Gordon Institute believes that the quality of the applicant's academic record, work experience and letters of recommendation are the best indicators of potential for success in this program. However, if you have previously taken the GRE or GMAT, you do have the option to submit your scores as part of your application for admission.
  • For the GRE: The Tufts University code number is 3901.
  • For the GMAT: The Tufts University code number is 7JB-8M-98.

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.


  • Although interviews are not required, you may be asked to participate in one (either in-person or via Skype) after the admissions committee has conducted an initial review of your completed application. In these cases, an interview provides us with the opportunity to gather additional information or virtually meet applicants who are not able to visit campus in person.
  • We encourage applicants, whenever possible, to attend one of our on-campus information sessions or webinars. These events allow you to learn more about our program and get your questions answered while also providing us with the opportunity to meet you and learn more about your background and interests. If participation at one of our upcoming admissions events does not fit into your schedule, you can reach out to our admissions team to arrange for another time to meet us either in person or virtually.

International Applicants

It is not recommended that international applicants currently living outside of the US apply for the MSEM program since it is a part-time program designed for working professionals who live within commuting distance of the Tufts University campus. If you are a recent college graduate (or will graduate soon) and are looking for a full-time MSEM/MEM program, we have a better option for you to consider. Our M.S. in Innovation and Management (MSIM) is a revolutionary, new engineering management option that provides you with the same core fundamentals as an MSEM/MEM program, including product development, finance and accounting, marketing, business strategy and leadership, while also offering you an immersive and transformative experience that will advance your ability to drive tech innovation. If you want to accelerate your career and be at the forefront of developing and launching new ideas, whether it be within a start-up or an existing company, we encourage you to learn more about our MSIM program.

We accept international MSEM applicants already residing and working in the US, such as permanent residents, H1B visa holders, or spouses of US citizens eligible to work in the US.


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