Transferring within Tufts: Liberal Arts to/from 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 John Gearin, Senior Academic Advisor, if your last name is A to M or Tara Zantow, Senior Academic Advisor, if your last name is N to Z or if you are a sophomore. In order to get the best possible advice about Engineering classes and majors, please contact your Senior Academic Advisor 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, the Senior Academic Advisor 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 onceThe application may be emailed to the Senior Academic Advisor.

Applying during your first semester of study

  • Meet with your designated SOE Senior Academic Advisor and submit an application for transfer.
  • You must be registered in 4 courses including 3 appropriate STEM courses (see standards sections).
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • Earn a grade of C- or above in all STEM courses.
  • Submit any pre-matriculation credit (AP, IB, etc), which needs to be recorded on your transcript prior to acceptance into the School of Engineering.

Applying during your second semester of study, or beyond

  • Meet with your designated SOE Senior Academic Advisor and submit an application for transfer.
  • If you are a first-year student, you must be registered in 4 courses including 3 appropriate STEM courses (see standards sections).
  • If you are a sophomore, you must be registered in 5 courses including 4 appropriate STEM courses (see standards sections).
  • Achieve a minimum semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • Earn a grade of C- or above in all STEM courses.
  • Submit any pre-matriculation credit (AP, IB, etc), which needs to be recorded on your transcript prior to acceptance into the School of Engineering.

Students must meet all 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 STEM Standard

Transfers to Tufts Engineering are expected to take math courses from the sequence: Math 32, Math 34, Math 42, Math 51, Math 65/CS 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


AP credit for Math needs to be submitted and processed prior to acceptance into SOE.

Science STEM Standard

Transfers to Tufts Engineering are expected to take natural science courses from the following list: Chem 2, Chem 1/11, Chem 2/12, 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

AP credit for Natural Science needs to be submitted and processed prior to acceptance into SOE.

Engineering/Computer STEM 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, CS 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 email this form 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.