Admissions and Financial Aid
Application to the graduate program in Biology is made through the
Office of Graduate
Admissions, which administers all graduate programs on the
Medford/Somerville campus. From the office's website, visitors can
find information about applying to graduate programs, application
requirements and deadlines, expenses and financial aid, and much
more. Links to some of the information on the site are provided
- How to Apply
Requirements and Policies
- TuftsPlus Program
- The TuftsPlus program offers tuition scholarships (maximum 50%) to Tufts undergraduates who are admitted to a participating master's program. It also offers a streamlined application process in which the GRE requirement is waived and only two letters of recommendation are required.
- Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate Student Handbook
- Published annually, the Graduate Student Handbook contains important dates, policies and procedures, requirements, and graduation information concerning current Arts, Sciences, and Engineering graduate students.
- There are a variety of funding opportunities for Arts and
Sciences graduate students. Within the department you can apply
The Lily Glidden Award. Students in the Biology department
have received grants from outside sources such as NSF,
Fulbright, EPA and DOD. The Tufts graduate school offers awards
for research and travel expenses.
- Take A Class
- You don't need to be a graduate student to take Tufts graduate courses. The Graduate Career
Advancement Program (GCAP) was created for people who want access to superior graduate-level
courses but don't need or want a graduate degree. GCAP students take the same classes as our
graduate students and may enroll, for either credit or audit, in up to four undergraduate or
graduate courses per semester.
Specific Requirements for Biology Department Applicants
In addition to the completed application form and three letters
of reference, applicants must provide an official copy of scores for
the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Foreign students must provide an
official copy of scores for the Test of English as a Foreign
Language (TOEFL). Applicants are also encouraged, although not
required, to provide test scores for the Biology subject GRE exam.
The deadline for fall admission applications (Ph.D., Thesis M.S.,
and Open Choice M.S.) is December 15. The spring deadline
(only Open Choice M.S. students accepted) is October 15.
Ph.D. and Thesis M.S. applicants are highly encouraged to check off one
or two concentration areas of interest, and list potential faculty
mentors in the space provided on the application. Prospective
students are encouraged to contact potential mentors by phone or
email for further information about specific research topics and
availability of research opportunities. If the admissions committee
determines that you are a candidate for our program, you will be
invited for an interview and visit to the department in February or
If you would like to receive further information on the Biology
Department graduate program or application process, please
send an e-mail to the
Biology Department Graduate Program Assistant or call the department
office at (617) 627-3195. The address for correspondence is:
Department of Biology Graduate Program, Tufts University, Medford,
MA 02155. For more specific questions about the academic or
scientific aspects of the program not covered on this website,
contact the appropriate Program Director by email.
Students admitted to the Ph.D. and to the Thesis M.S. program
options generally receive tuition scholarships. Open Choice M.S.
students must be pay their own tuition, but scholarships are available.
All students pay health service
and other fees and must be covered by health insurance. Students who
are U.S. citizens, or foreign students who reside in the U.S. and
are fluent in English, are eligible for paid teaching assistantships
that will support living expenses. Students admitted from foreign
countries who are not fluent in English may not be eligible for paid
teaching assistantships until the second year, and must provide
evidence of independent support of living expenses for the first
Once the required teaching experience is completed, thesis degree
students may be eligible for paid research assistantships. If
research assistantships are not available, students will continue to
be supported as teaching assistants. Thus, the department is
committed to supporting students throughout their dissertation
An application for financial aid must be submitted using forms
provided in the general application packet provided by the Graduate
Some graduate student housing is available on campus, and
information about this option can be obtained by contacting the
Housing Office, South Hall, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155. The
telephone number is (617) 627-3248. See also the
Tufts graduate student wiki forum.