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We believe that a diverse community creates a dynamic learning environment where students learn through exposure to different perspectives. An undergraduate degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is preferred but not required. 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 positive social impact.

If you have any questions about the Gordon Institute's M.S. in Innovation and Management program, please contact the admissions staff directly. For additional detailed application instructions, visit the Tufts Graduate Admissions website.

For specific information on the Dual Degree (MSIM + M.S. in Engineering) program admissions requirements, please click here.

Application Timeline

We're still accepting applications for Fall 2019!

Tufts Gordon Institute offers two Application Rounds, followed by a Rolling Admissions period during which applications will be accepted on a space-available basis. If you are interested in applying for Fall 2019, please contact our admissions staff for information on whether applications are still being accepted.

The MSIM Application Deadlines:

  • Round 1 - January 15, 2019
  • Round 2 - March 15, 2019
  • Rolling Admissions Period - Ongoing

The Combined BS-MSIM Program (For Tufts Undergraduates only) Deadlines:

  • Seniors - December 15, 2018
  • Juniors - March 15, 2019

International Applicants: If you will be applying for a student visa, you are strongly encouraged to apply by Round 2 (March 15) or as soon as possible in order to allow adequate time for visa processing.

Scholarships: Tufts Gordon Institute awards a limited number of tuition scholarships to M.S. in Innovation & 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).

Tufts Alumni Advantage Scholarship ProgramAll Tufts alumni and students who apply for the M.S. in Innovation and Management program are guaranteed generous tuition scholarships.

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.


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

2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 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.

Personal Statement

  • Applicants must submit a 600-800 word essay that addresses the following question:
    • Why do you want to attend Tufts Gordon Institute M.S. in Innovation & Management program and how does it fit into your future career aspirations and personal goals?
  • Optional Additional Short Essay: Applicants may also submit a 200-250 word essay in which they respond to one of the three following prompts. This is not required and should only be submitted if it will provide the Admissions Committee with a more complete picture of who you are.
    • 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.


  • Either the GRE or GMAT is required for the M.S. in Innovation & Management program. 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. The GRE/GMAT requirement is waived for all Tufts students and alumni.
  • For the GMAT: The Tufts University code number is 7JB-8M-97
  • For the GRE: The Tufts University code number is 3901

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.


  • Prospective students are encouraged to visit campus if possible. During your visit, we can arrange for you to meet with faculty, staff and current students. Applicants who are unable to visit campus may be invited to participate in a Skype interview after the Admissions Committee has conducted an initial review of your completed application. In these cases, an interview provides us with the opportunity to learn more about you and for you to gain additional insight into the program.

International Applicants


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