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Dual Degree Masters Program

Earn 2 degrees in just 2 years.

Develop your innovation, leadership and management skills and build your technical depth with our Dual Degree master's program. You’ll earn two degrees - an MS Innovation & Management (MSIM) and an MS offered by one of the six academic departments within the School of Engineering. And, you earn both degrees in an accelerated timeframe and at a reduced cost.

Tufts School of Engineering offers a wide range of MS programs from its six different academic departments that qualify for the Dual Degree master’s program. Choose from the following School of Engineering programs:

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical & Biological Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Offshore Wind Energy Engineering
  • Software Systems Development
Program FormatDurationCreditsFull-time or Part-timeF-1 Visa EligibleDual Degree OptionsTufts Fifth-year eligibilityOPT & STEM Extension of OPT Eligible
On-CampusAs little as 1 year with options to extend your experience30Full-timeYesYesYes, for qualifying Tufts studentsYes
Danielle Franco, MSIM + MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering, '21

Rapid advancements in technology are shaking up traditional and newer industries alike. While the MS in Civil Engineering will help me break into my preferred field of structural engineering, the MSIM will help me to progress in my career, prepare me for leadership positions, and better equip me to thrive in a changing world.

Danielle Franco, MSIM + MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering, '21

Dual Degree Program Advantages:

Fast time to completion: You earn two master’s degrees in just two years.

Reduced course load & tuition: You can double count four courses toward both degrees, thereby reducing the total number of credits and the tuition cost required to earn both credentials

Streamlined admissions: Select the dual degree program option on our online application and the application process is simplified. You only need to apply once, and both admissions teams will review your application materials. This means you only submit your college transcripts, resume and standardized test scores once... And, best of all, you only pay one application fee.

Haiting Chan, MSIM + MS in Computer Engineering, '21

Engineers often start at a technical role, but then it's like, 'Where would I go from there?' I was always torn between wanting to follow a deeply technical route versus going into management or leadership. I hoped that the experiences from one degree would inform the other, creating new perspectives. This is definitely true in countless ways! For instance, the skills I learned doing technical research could inform my business decisions on a venture with high-tech solutions.

Haiting Chan, MSIM + MS in Computer Engineering, '21

The Dual Degree Curriculum:

Academic Year 1

Get ready to run… with your ideas. Kick-off your experience in the fall semester, fully immersed in the MSIM program. Work with a team to develop a meaningful new product or service idea. Let your passion drive your work. In the spring semester, dive deeper into the innovation process and continue your MSIM courses and seminars. You will also begin your MS in Engineering program by completing 2 courses in your field of study. 

Fall Semester

EM221 - New Product Innovation

EM242 - Marketing: Branding & Digital Communications

EM255 - Finance for High-Tech Ventures

EM263 - Leading for Impact

Innovator's Mindset Seminars

Career Development Program

Spring Semester

EM212 - Applied Data Science

EM253 - Technology & Innovation Strategy

EM262 - Conflict Resolution

EM294 - Special Topics in Innovation & Management

MS in Engineering Courses #1 and #2

Innovator's Mindset Seminars

Career Development Program

Summer Semester

The most real-world experience yet. Choose from a variety of hands-on industry experiences to build your resume and apply your learned skills, all within the Capstone Innovation & Leadership Project. 

EM 281 - Capstone Innovation & Leadership Project

Project Options include:

  • Intern/Job: Take on an internship or a permanent role anywhere across the globe. 
  • Entrepreneur: Continue developing your Innovation Sprint venture. 

Academic Year 2 - Fall & Spring Semesters

Build your technical expertise. Engage deeply in your technical discipline by completing the courses required for your MS in Engineering degree. Double-counting 4 courses means most students will complete 6 additional courses across Academic Year 2. The total number of courses required may vary depending on the requirements of your MS program and the number of MS in Engineering courses completed in Academic Year 1.

Your Pathway to the Dual Degree

Picture yourself in the Dual Degree. View sample roadmaps of how the Dual Degree program breaks down by semester and the types of courses you'll be taking. Whether you choose one of the selected programs below or another one of 13 options across Tufts University's School of Engineering, you'll have the flexibility to customize your studies to match your interests. 

Note: The roadmaps below show one possible pathway to completing the Dual Degree program in each respective department. Actual courses may vary depending on space and availability.

A Student Perspective on the Dual Degree Program

Hear as Alex Christenson, MSIM + MS in Electrical Engineering '19, shares his insights.

Chat with our admissions team to get your questions answered.

We understand that choosing the right master's program for you can be a challenge. To make the process easier for you, our team is always available to answer any questions you might have about the curriculum, student experience, application, and more. We welcome you to call Brianne Odom, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, at 617-627-8298 to start the conversation. You can also reach out through the Live Chat feature on this page.

Visit our Admissions pages to view more details.