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 Eliza Yuen, Senior Academic Advisor. In order to get the best possible advice about Engineering classes and majors, please contact Eliza at the beginning of the semester, preferably within the first two weeks of classes.

Please note that undergraduate students may internally transfer twice during their time at Tufts. This means that students who transfer from the School of Arts and Sciences to the School of Engineering are able to transfer back to the School of Arts and Sciences. Students are then not able to additionally transfer back to the School of Engineering.

Please also note that once a student has been placed on academic probation they are not eligible to be considered for an internal transfer in the future.

During the semester in which a student has applied to transfer internally into Tufts Engineering, Eliza becomes the student's academic advisor. The transfer application will be evaluated by the Internal Transfer Committee. 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. If the requirements are not met, the student’s application may be declined, or deferred for review at the end of the subsequent semester. Please note that a student’s application may be deferred only once. The application may be emailed to Eliza 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 November 1 for Fall applicants and by April 1 for Spring applicants,
  • The student ends the term registered in 4 courses of at least 3 Semester-hours each,
  • The student obtains grades of C- or higher in 3 courses (at least 3 Semester-hours each) designated SoE-Mathematics, SoE-Natural Sciences, or SoE-Engineering.
  • The student has satisfied the Mathematics Standard and Science Standard (see below).
  • The student has maintained a GPA of 2.5 or higher both in the most recent semester and cumulatively.
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 November 1 for Fall applicants and by April 1 for Spring applicants,
  • The student ends the term registered in 5 courses of at least 3 Semester-hours each,
  • The student obtains grades of C- or higher in 4 courses (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).
  • The student has maintained a GPA of 2.5 or higher both in the most recent semester and cumulatively.

Before transferring into Tufts Engineering, the student should estimate an approximate graduation date in consultation with Dean Jennifer Stephan, Dean of Academic Advising and Undergraduate Studies for the School of Engineering. If a student is unable to graduate in 8 total semesters, the student must supply written documentation from a parent or financial aid officer acknowledging that financial support is available beyond 8 semesters.

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 Dean Jennifer Stephan, the Dean of Academic Advising and Undergraduate Studies for the School of 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: Bio 13, 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 LA Advising Dean or other Advisor in LA to be sure they understand the Liberal Arts degree requirements. To inquire about the process or to initiate the transfer, please contact Tara Zantow, Senior Academic Advisor, and submit this form via e-mail to her, or drop it off at Dowling Hall, Suite 710. Upon transfer, students will be assigned a new Advisor in the College of Liberal Arts.

Please note that undergraduate students may internally transfer twice during their time at Tufts. This means that students who transfer from the School of Engineering to the Schools of Arts and Sciences are able to transfer back to the School of Engineering if they meet the transfer criteria. Students are then not able to additionally transfer back to the School of Arts and Sciences.