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Graduate Program

Admissions and Financial Aid

Application to the graduate program in Biology is made through the Office of Graduate Studies, which administers all graduate programs on the Medford campus. To request a catalog and application packet you can: call Graduate Student Services at (617) 627-2000, email: gradschool@ase.tufts.edu, or visit the Office of Graduate Studies web site. The Office of Graduate Studies serves the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). From the office's website, visitors can find information about applying to graduate programs, expenses and financial aid, application requirements and deadlines, and much more. Links to some of the information on the site are provided below:

  • How to Apply
  • Application Requirements and Deadlines
  • 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 Studies
  • 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 interested in learning more about these opportunities, which are both general and discipline-specific, should visit the Office of Graduate Studies website.
  • 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.
  • Alma Matters Magazine - Alma Matters is the magazine for Arts, Sciences, and Engineering graduate alumni and graduate students. Published twice a year, it highlights the work of Tufts alumni, students, and programs.

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.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the department and/or to call any faculty member for further information about specific research topics. The graduate program coordinator is available to answer general questions. A visit or telephone conversation may be arranged by calling the department office at (617) 627-3195. The address for correspondence is: Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Biology, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155.

If you would like to receive further information on the Biology Department graduate program, please send an e-mail with your name and address to The Biology Department staff assistant.

Financial Aid

Students admitted to the Ph.D. and to the research M.S. program options generally receive tuition scholarships. Course work 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 are not usually 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.

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.