Transferring within Tufts: Liberal Arts to/from Engineering

Transfer from the College of Liberal Arts to the School of Engineering

A Tufts student enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts (BA or BS) may initiate a transfer to the School of Engineering provided certain requirements are met. Note that BFA students are not eligible for the internal transfer – please see your Advising Dean. To inquire about the process or to initiate a transfer, please contact your Tufts Engineering Student Success Advisor: Eliza Yuen (last names A-L) or Tara Zantow (last names M-Z). In order to get the best possible advice about Engineering classes and majors, please contact your Student Success Advisor at the beginning of the semester.

During the semester in which a student has applied to transfer internally into Tufts Engineering, your Engineering Student Success Advisor becomes the student's academic advisor. The transfer application will be evaluated at the end of the semester. If the requirements below are met, the transfer will be approved, SIS will be updated, and a faculty advisor in the selected major will be assigned. The application may be emailed to Eliza Yuen or Tara Zantow or dropped off at Dowling Hall, suite 710.

Applying as a First Year Student

A student in the first or second semester of college study may transfer into Tufts Engineering at the end of a semester during which the following requirements are met.

  • An application to transfer was submitted to the Engineering Student Success Advisor by the last day of the Add Period,
  • The student ends the term registered in 4 courses,
  • The student obtains grades of C- or higher in 3 full-credit courses designated SoE-Mathematics, SoE-Natural Sciences, or SoE-Engineering, and
  • The student has satisfied the Mathematics Standard and Science Standard (see below).
Applying as a Sophomore

A student in the third or fourth semester of college study may transfer into Tufts Engineering at the end of a semester in which the following requirements are met.

  • An application to transfer was submitted to the Engineering Student Success Advisor by the last day of the Add Period,
  • The student ends the term registered in 5 courses,
  • The student obtains grades of C- or higher in 4 courses of at least 3 Semester-hour units (SHUs) each designated SoE-Mathematics, SoE-Natural Sciences, or SoE-Engineering,
  • The student has satisfied the Mathematics Standard and Science Standard (see below), and
  • The student has satisfied the Engineering Standard (see below).
Applying as a Junior or Senior

A student in the fifth or higher semester of college study may not transfer into Tufts Engineering without meeting the requirements for Sophomore applicants (above) and supplying written documentation from a parent or financial aid officer acknowledging that financial support is available beyond 8 semesters. Before transferring into Tufts Engineering, the student should estimate an approximate graduation date in consultation with the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Advising for Engineering.

Math Standard

Transfers to Tufts Engineering are expected to take math courses from the sequence: Math 32, Math 34 (or Math 36), Math 42, Math 51 (or Math 61 or Math 70). In general, higher level math courses (those with Math 34 or Math 36 as a pre-requisite) may be substituted for courses on the above list.

By the end of... Student must have...
First Semester Credit for at least 1 of the above math courses
Second Semester Credit for at least 2 of the above math courses
Third Semester Credit for at least 3 of the above math courses
Fourth Semester Credit for at least 4 of the above math courses
Science Standard

Transfers to Tufts Engineering are expected to take natural science courses from the following list: Chem 1, Chem 2, Physics 11 and Physics 12. Higher level natural science courses (with the above listed courses as pre-requisites) may also be acceptable.

By the end of... Student must have...
First Semester Credit for at least 1 of the above science courses
Second Semester Credit for at least 2 of the above science courses
Third Semester Credit for at least 2 of the above science courses
Fourth Semester Credit for at least 3 of the above science courses
Engineering Standard

Transfers to Tufts Engineering are expected to take engineering courses, preferably starting in their first year. At a minimum, a transfer must have completed the number of engineering courses listed below.

By the end of... Student must have...
First Semester No minimum
Second Semester Credit for at least 1 course listed as SoE-Engineering
Third Semester Credit for at least 2 courses listed as SoE-Engineering
Fourth Semester Credit for at least 4 courses listed as SoE-Engineering

Transfer from the School of Engineering to the College of Liberal Arts

A Tufts student enrolled in the School of Engineering may initiate a transfer to the College of Liberal Arts (BA or BS). Before initiating a transfer, students should consult with their Advising Dean or a Student Success Advisor (“SSA”) in LA to be sure they understand the Liberal Arts degree requirements. To inquire about the process or to initiate the transfer, please contact the Tufts Engineering SSA, Eliza Yuen, and submit this form via e-mail to Eliza Yuen, or drop it off at Dowling Hall, Suite 710. Upon transfer, the Engineering SSA will assign students a new Advisor in the College of Liberal Arts. (The student is usually assigned to the LA SSA based on surname.)