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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education

Tuition & Application

MS Application Fast Facts:

Application Deadline: January 15
Program Duration: maximum of 3 years for full-time students
Tuition: $49,892 (2017-2018)
GRE Requirement: Yes
Interview Required: On an as-needed basis
Prerequisites: BA degree in Mathematics, Science, or Engineering, or equivalent
Degree Type: Master of Science (MS) in Mathematics Education, Science Education, or Engineering Education
Notification and Decisions: March 1

PhD Application Fast Facts:

Application Deadline: January 15
Program Duration: maximum of 6 years
Tuition: The Department of Education provides doctoral students with full tuition scholarships.
GRE Requirement: Yes
Interview Required: Yes
Prerequisites: BA degree in Mathematics, Science, or Engineering, or equivalent
Degree Type: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mathematics Education, Science Education, or Engineering Education
Notification and Decisions: March 1

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Program Tuition and Fees
MS tuition of $49,892 (2017-2018) for the degree is billed as a one-time fee and is inclusive of courses taken during the summer terms prior to the academic year, and the summer following the academic year. Note: The Department of Education provides doctoral students with full tuition scholarships.

The University also charges the following fees:

  • A Graduate Student Activity Fee of $62 is assessed annually to support the activities of the Graduate Student Council.
  • Health Insurance cost ($2,460 for 2017-2018) for comprehensive medical coverage for students. If desired, coverage is also available for spouses and children. Students will be charged this amount unless a waiver is filed. This cost may be waived if proof of outside coverage from a U.S. carrier is submitted.
  • A Comprehensive Student Health Fee ($812 for 2017-2018) for use of Tufts health and counseling services is mandatory for students enrolled half-time or more. For doctoral students, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences pays the comprehensive student health fee for up to five years.

Additional costs and program fees:

  • Since tuition costs do not include room and board, living expenses are additional. Review the on-campus housing information.
  • Off campus housing information is available through the following resources:
  • A non-refundable deposit of $300 is due upon confirming your offer of admission.
  • Books incur a small cost, likely between $100-200 per semester.

Department Scholarships
A tuition scholarship is an award based upon scholarly ability and need that may be used exclusively for remission of tuition. Many students in the program receive some amount of this department-based aid. Students who receive scholarships are responsible for payment of fees and tuition charges above those covered by their particular scholarship. Tuition scholarships are granted upon admission, and all awards are granted and accepted with the understanding that they may be revoked or reduced for students making inadequate progress toward the degree as defined by departmental standards.

To apply for tuition scholarships, complete the Financial Aid Application section of the online application. Award notification is sent to the applicant's mailing address with the acceptance letter. Award offers are official only when made in writing and signed by the dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Other Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities
Many students take advantage of hundreds of external scholarships each year through their employers, civic and religious organizations, or other networks. External scholarships can be a great way to supplement any additional aid you might receive from Tufts University, and there are several free website resources that can help make your search easier. Information on other types of financial assistance, including various loan programs and work-study, are available from Student Financial Services as well as the programs listed below.

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Travel Fund
Each year, Arts, Sciences, and Engineering graduate students travel to professional conferences (both within the United States and abroad) to present their research to leaders in their respective fields. These experiences not only give students valuable presentation experience, but it also helps them become part of the larger research community outside of the university.

These trips are made possible by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering's Graduate Student Travel Fund, which is open to all Arts, Sciences, and Engineering graduate students.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Research Assistantships
The following research projects and research centers have potential research assistantships for STEM Education MS and PhD students. The positions are for twenty hours a week of research-related activity during the academic year. Occasionally, an increased workload can be negotiated for the summer months:

Student Employment

  • Students seeking part-time work on campus should contact Student Employment, Dowling Hall.
  • Off campus employment opportunities may be available through TuftsLife.
  • Graduate students in the department are eligible to apply for positions as Research Assistants and Graduate Assistants. Each full time faculty member has the option to hire a Graduate Assistant at the beginning of the academic year. Job descriptions for both are posted in Student Employment Opportunities and students apply according to personal interest and qualification for the position. GA positions are for four hours weekly and are paid at an hourly rate; RA positions vary. Contact education@tufts.edu for more information.

Application Checklist
To apply, please use the Online Application Portal. Here is a list of what you will need:

  1. Application fee of $85, payable by credit card or e-check (non-refundable).
  2. Transcripts: One official copy of each of your transcripts from all your prior studies.
  3. GREs: Have them sent to Tufts University, GRE code 3901.
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation: Collectively the letters should address your capacity to accomplish graduate-level studies.
  5. Résumé/CV
  6. Personal statement: Tell us about what motivates you to study STEM Education at Tufts. In this we are hoping for a reflection about your experiences and personal objectives, 1500-2500 words.
  7. Scholarly writing sample: Where the personal statement is about you, this should be a sample of your scholarly writing about a topic in STEM Education, citing references from relevant literature. Feel free to send a paper you've already written, for a course or for publication, or write something new focused on problems you are interested to study.
  8. Financial Aid Applications
    • If you are interested in being considered for departmental financial assistance (scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships), you must complete the scholarship aid section of the online application. Certificate students are not eligible for these awards.
    • Low-interest Federal Direct Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, and Federal Work Study programs are administered by Tufts Student Financial Services, which maintains information on all federal programs as well as alternative forms of financing such as non-need based loans. Federal aid is available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. To apply for Federal Direct loans and/or Federal Work Study, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Tufts University Institution code is 002219. We recommend that you file the FAFSA by December 1 for spring admission and by March 1 for fall admission.

You can find more information about the application process on the Tufts Graduate School Website. Tufts students and alumni, please read about the TuftsPlus program. You may be eligible to waive the application fee and GREs.

If you have further questions, please contact the Director of the Program: David Hammer at david.hammer@tufts.edu or 617.627.2396.