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Graduate Program

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 below:

  • How to Apply
  • Application Deadlines
  • 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.
  • Funding Opportunities - There are a variety of outside funding opportunities for Arts and Sciences graduate students. Students in the Biology department have received grants from 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 MS and course work MS) is December 15. The Spring deadline (only course work MS students accepted) is October 15.

PhD and Thesis MS 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 March.

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.

Financial Aid

Students admitted to the Ph.D. and to the Thesis M.S. program options generally receive tuition scholarships. Coursework M.S. students must pay their own tuition. 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 year.

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 research.

An application for financial aid must be submitted using forms provided in the general application packet provided by the Graduate School office.

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.