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. Additional
information is available:
The Graduate Program is arranged into six 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 area that is represented by the specialized
interests of the faculty, as described under Faculty &
Research at this site. 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
The biology department is also 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
IGERT Soft Material Robotics website.
The department consists of twenty six full-time faculty.
There are typically about forty graduate
students in the program, mostly 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.
Students interested in Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs in the
biomedical sciences should also consult the
School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. A joint
Biology/Biotechnology graduate program, administered through
the Tufts Biology Department, is designed for students whose
interests lie in applied aspects of molecular biology and
biotechnology: more information about this program can be
found in the
Biotechnology Program (PDF). Additional information
about master's programs in environmental studies can be
Tufts University's Department of Urban and Environmental
University's School of Nutrition.
Information about the WSSS Program (Water: Systems, Science
and Society is a multidisciplinary graduate program designed
to meet the challenge of managing water-related issues and
problems) can be found at the
General graduate student information is available on the
Graduate Student Council's website.
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