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
- 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 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 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 Admissions 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.
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.
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
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.