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Graduate Program


The Department of Biology offers a program of advanced study and thesis research leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology. We offer two options for the MS degree, the Coursework MS and the Thesis MS; see the Master of Science page for additional information

The Graduate Program is arranged into five concentrations, each with an advisor and a core of faculty researchers. Befitting the integrative nature of Biology, we encourage interdisciplinary research and collaborations between academic fields. For more information on these concentrations follow the links below:

Students may choose from a wide variety of research topics in each concentration, represented by the specialized interests of the faculty, listed, and described in greater detail on the Faculty & Research page.

An important feature of our program is the opportunity for students in each area to interact with students and faculty in the other areas, which often leads to exciting new ideas for innovative cross-disciplinary research. The department consists of twenty six full-time faculty. There are typically about fifty graduate students in the program, about 70% of which are Ph.D. candidates. This low faculty-to-student ratio promotes close interaction between students and faculty who work as research collaborators. Our program requirements are flexible, so that graduate training can be individually tailored for each student.

Additional Departmental Affiliations and Opportunities

Biology Education Research
The biology department also supports research collaborations with the Department of Education.
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IGERT Soft Material Robotics Program
The biology department is a contributing member of the IGERT soft material robotics program. This program, funded by the National Science Foundation, supports PhD students working on projects that combine expertise in more than one Department. This support is awarded on a competitive basis. If you wish to be considered for this program you must select the IGERT Soft Material Robotics option during your application. Additional information on these fellowship awards and soft material robotics at Tufts is available by visiting the IGERT Soft Material Robotics website.

Tufts Institute of the Environment
The Tufts Institute of the Environment supports university wide research and education in the environment. Biology graduate students are eligible for TIE fellowships to support their interdisciplinary research or to participate in the weeklong Tufts Environmental Literature Institute for graduate students.
More information about TIE >

Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP)
Biology and UEP offer a combined degree for those students interested in merging science and policy.

Water Diplomacy and WSSS
The Water Diplomacy PhD program and the WSSS Program (Water: Systems, Science and Society, are designed to meet the challenge of managing water-related issues and problems.