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Thank you for your interest in Tufts University's Gordon Institute M.S. in Engineering Management program. Both the Two-Year and the Three-Year MSEM have the same exact application process. We look forward to receiving your application and helping you through the admissions process. Please contact the admissions staff with any questions along the way.

Application Timeline

Tufts Gordon Institute offers four application rounds. Applicants will hear back from the admissions committee within one month from the application deadline.

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 - Following June 10

International Applicants: If you will be applying for a student visa, you are strongly encouraged to apply by Round 2 (March 15) in order to allow adequate time for visa processing. International students who are living and working in the US (for example, H1B visa holders) can apply during any of the application rounds.

Scholarships: Tufts Gordon Institute awards tuition scholarships to M.S. in Engineering Management students on the basis of merit and need to both U.S. citizens/permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens. Since funding is limited, applicants who would like to be considered for a tuition scholarship are encouraged to submit their applications by Round 2.

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

Who Should Apply?

Tufts Gordon Institute seeks enroll students with a diverse range of educational backgrounds, professional expertise and have a strong desire to be leaders within technology driven companies.

We believe that a diverse community creates a dynamic learning environment where students learn through exposure to different perspectives. In fact, 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.

What background and experience do we look for in MSEM applicants?

  • An undergraduate degree in a STEM discipline (science, technology, engineering, and math) is preferred but not required. About 5-10% of incoming MSEM students do not have an undergraduate STEM degree. In these instances, we look for strong quantitative ability as evidenced by prior success in technical or mathematics coursework.
  • A minimum of two years of work experience. For applicants who have less than two years of experience, internships are also considered.
  • The ability to contribute in a dynamic, interactive classroom environment.
  • A strong record of performance in the workplace.
  • Current employment is preferred but not required.
  • A strong desire to be leaders within technology driven companies.

If you have any questions about your qualifications for our MSEM program, we encourage you to reach to the admissions staff for guidance at:

Application Requirements

For additional detailed application instructions visit the Tufts Graduate Admissions website.

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.

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

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?


A current résumé that outlines your employment and academic history.

GRE or GMAT - not required

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 admissions. The Tufts University code number is 3901.

Optional Essay - not required

An optional short essay (200-250 words) in which you respond to one of three prompts. 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. 1. Tell us about a time when you had to convince an individual or group of your idea. 2. Tell us about your most meaningful leadership experience. 3. 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.

Application Fee

The application fee of $85 is payable through the online application by credit card or e-check through the online application and is not refundable.
The application fee is waived for:

Contact Tufts Gordon Institute admissions for instructions on how to obtain your fee waiver.


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 admissions events. 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 attendance 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 visit with us either in person or virtually.

International Applicants

While the majority of our MSEM students are US citizens, permanent residents or H1B visa holders who are living and working full-time in the Boston area, each year a small number (~ 5%) of international students relocate to the US and study on a student visa. Due to the intensive nature of the MSEM program, international students do quality for full-time student status at Tufts University.

International students may apply for a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa status to support off-campus employment authorization after they have been enrolled full-time and completed two semesters of coursework on a F-1 student visa status. Tufts International Center offers detailed information, workshops and guidance to help you apply for both the CPT and OPT visa status once you are enrolled as a  student. Additional details on applying for a CPT or OPT visa can be found on the Tufts International Center website forms section.  In addition, both our M.S. in Engineering Management and M.S. in Innovation & Management program are STEM qualified degree programs and students are eligible for a STEM OPT extension.

International students who are interested in a full-time, 1-year program should consider our M.S. in Innovation and Management (MSIM). Focused on recent STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) graduates, the program combines lean and design-centric approaches to innovation along with business modeling to give students the skill sets to drive high-impact innovation.


Applicants who are not native speakers of English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL (600 on the paper-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 via the Graduate Admissions website.

Reapplication & Deferral Policies

Application materials will be kept for one year by the Tufts University Graduate Admissions Office. You can reactivate your application within that time by submitting a new application form and fee online. Reapplication must occur by the deadline dates provided for new applications. We encourage you to update your application with new materials when appropriate.  If you have changed jobs since applying for instance, it is beneficial for the admissions committee to receive an additional new letter of recommendation.

If you are admitted to the M.S. in Engineering Management program, but unable to enroll, you may defer enrollment for a maximum of one year. Please reach out to a member of the admissions committee at with your deferral request.