SOE Fifth-Year Master's Degree Program

The School of Engineering's Fifth-Year Master's Degree Program allows undergraduate students to earn both their bachelor’s degree and their master’s degree at Tufts. This rewarding degree track is an ideal fit for undergraduates who are interested in rigorous, innovative programming.

Benefits of the Fifth-Year Master's Degree Program

  • Earn your bachelor's and master's degrees together, usually within five years
  • Tufts School of Engineering students who matriculate into the MS program after February 1, 2023, may reserve two graduate-level courses towards their MS degree and double-count two courses towards both the BS and MS degrees, for a total of four courses. Students must complete their BS requirements before matriculating into the MS program. The degrees cannot be completed concurrently. Only 100-level courses are eligible. View example of tuition costs.
  • GRE scores are not required
  • Application fee is waived
  • Only two letters of recommendation are required 
  • Enrollment deposit not required. Please confirm your intent to enroll by filling out the “Decision Reply Form” in your application portal.

How to Apply

The deadline to apply is March 15 for juniors. The deadline has been extended to April 1 for seniors.

Seniors must submit their graduation packet and Course Distribution Form to Student Services by May 1. Forms will not be accepted after May 1; there will be no exceptions. Seniors who apply to the Fifth-Year Master's Degree Program will be required to submit this form as a part of their application materials. If the required forms for course distribution have not been submitted by May 1 to Student Services, you will be considered for the master’s program only, not the Fifth-Year Master's Degree Program.

Juniors applying to the program should open an application for the upcoming year. For example, a junior hoping to start their Master's program in the Fall of 2024, would start an application for Fall of 2023. After the application has been started and the Fifth-Year Master's (BS/MS) degree option has been selected, you will be able to indicate that you are a current junior and your application will be processed accordingly.

Degrees

The Fifth-Year Master's Degree is offered through the following programs:

  • Bioengineering, BS/MS
  • Biomedical Engineering, BS/MS
  • Chemical Engineering, BS/MS
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering, BS/MS
  • Computer Engineering, BS/MS
  • Computer Science, BS/MS
  • Cybersecurity and Public Policy, BS/MS (must enroll in fall semester)
  • Data Science, BS/MS
  • Dual Degree Program: Innovation and Management + Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering, BS/MS
  • Human Factors Engineering, BS/MS
  • Human-Robot Interaction, BS/MS
  • Innovation and Management, BS/MS
  • Materials Science and Engineering, BS/MS
  • Mechanical Engineering, BS/MS
  • Offshore Wind Energy Engineering, BS/MS
  • Software Systems Development, BS/MS

Tufts undergraduate students have the option of double-counting up to two graduate-level credits (100-level) toward both their Bachelor's and Master's degree requirements. Students who are interested in these programs should contact their department early to ensure that their course of study at the undergraduate level is preparing them for the graduate program. 

School of Engineering students may enroll full- or part-time. Students enrolling in the Cybersecurity and Public Policy program must start in the fall semester while participating in the master’s degree portion of the Fifth-Year Master's Degree Program.

Tuition and Financial Aid

SOE students will be charged graduate tuition, at the per-credit graduate tuition rate, upon enrollment in graduate courses during their master's degree program. Please note: All tuition and fees are subject to revisions by Tufts University’s Board of Trustees.

Institutional grant/scholarship aid, if offered, will be awarded by the graduate program for the semesters the student is charged the graduate tuition rate. The Fifth-Year Master's Degree Program tuition discount cannot be combined with any other scholarships or discounts with the exception of the Fast-Trac Scholarship Program in the School of Engineering. More information on federal aid options can be found on the Financial Services website.