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.

During the semester in which a student has applied to transfer internally into the School of Engineering, Eliza becomes the student's academic advisor. At the end of the semester, 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.

Applying during your first semester
  • You must meet with Eliza and submit an application for transfer
  • You must be registered in 4 courses including 3 STEM courses
  • You must obtain a grade of C- or higher in the STEM courses
  • A minimum semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5
Applying beyond the second semester Add Period (Spring)
  • You must meet with Eliza and submit an application for transfer
  • If you are a first-year student, you must be registered in 4 courses including 3 STEM courses
  • If you are a sophomore, you must be registered in 5 courses including 4 STEM courses
  • You must obtain a grade of C- or higher in the STEM courses
  • A minimum semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • You must meet with your intended major’s faculty representative to create an academic plan
  • You must meet with Tara Zantow to create an LA backup plan

Students must meet all of the above requirements as well as estimate an approximate graduation date in consultation with your intended major’s faculty member. If your approximate graduation date exceeds 8 semesters you must submit a financial statement to 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, Math 42, Math 51, Math 61, Math 70. In general, higher level math courses (those with Math 34 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, Physics 12, Bio 13, Bio 14, EOS 1, EOS 2, EOS 5, ES 11, Physics 13, AST 32. 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/Computing 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. Examples of courses include: EN 1, ES 2, Comp 11, ES 3, ES 4, ES18.

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

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 School of Arts & Sciences (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 and are on track to graduate. 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. Upon transfer, students will be assigned a new Advisor in the School of Arts & Sciences.

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.