Master of Science
The primary goal of the M.S. program is to develop the student's
ability to think creatively and critically about a range of
biological subject matter and to become familiar with current
research in biology. This is done principally through graduate
courses, seminars, and research experience with a faculty member.
Our program offers two options for the M.S. degree. Students should
indicate which option they prefer in the application for admission.
The Open Choice M.S. (OC-MS)
This program is designed for students
wishing to upgrade their expertise in the biology professions,
explore or expand their interest in research, or broaden their base
for making future career choices in the Biological Sciences.
Those wishing to update or increase their biology background and
to choose the presence or extent of research in their graduate work
should apply to our Open Choice Masters program. The OC-MS allows
students to craft their own course choices and to choose whether or
not to take on a semester-long research project. The OC-MS may
provide opportunity to publish research results without the burden
of assembling a thesis.
The degree requires 30 semester hour units (SHUs) typically
courses at the 100-level or higher, of 3 semester hour units
each, and can be completed either full-time or part-time. One of the
ten courses must be a seminar (driven by student readings,
presentations, and discussion of papers from the primary
literature.) Applications for the OC-MS program are accepted for
fall or spring semester, and OC-MS students are eligible for tuition
scholarships from the university. The OC-MS program is the primary
MS program in the department, accepting ~10-12 students per year.
Frequently Asked Questions section for more information on
admission to the OC-MS program.
Entering M.S. students are assigned an advisor who works with the student to
plan a suitable program. All M.S. candidates must complete ten graduate level course credits,
including one advanced seminar course (100 or 200 level).
Courses must be completed with grades of B- (B minus) or better to count towards the degree and
no more than two credits may be transferred from another institution.
Pathways to Tufts: New Part-Time Degree Program Tracks
for Working Professionals
Open Choice M.S. with Functional Genomics Focus - The part-time Open
Choice M.S. in Biology with a focus in Functional Genomics allows
professionals to work full-time while attending courses during the
evening. The program is designed to be completed in less than 2
years using a trimester format for graduate coursework. Credit
requirements are the same as the full-time Open Choice M.S. program.
It is an excellent fit for professionals in Boston's robust
biotechnology industry. The Functional Genomics track equips
graduates with the skills needed to drive enterprising research on
genomic, biomedical, or commercial projects.
Sample Part-Time Schedule*
||Programming & 'R' for Biologists
|Advanced Genomics OR Regenerative Biology
||BME 262: Molecular Biotechnology
|BIO 196: Advanced Genetics & Genome Editing
||Tuesday and Thursday
|Summer Session 1
||BIO 168: Biotech Process Project Lab
||Monday and Wednesday
|Summer Session 2
||BIO 152: Biochemistry & Cellular Metabolism
||Tuesday and Thursday
||BIO 132: Biostatistics
|Elective (E.g. Immunology or Regenerative Medicine)
||BME 154: Tissue Engineering and Regenerative
|PSY 111: Psychiatric Meds in Children
*This is a sample schedule. Course offerings and schedule are subject to change.
Tailored to fit your schedule, the Tufts' part-time professional master's programs will help you advance your
career. Requirements are the same as full-time study.
- Allows working professionals to work full-time while attending courses
during the evening, on the weekends, and/or online
- Courses available in fall, spring, and summer
- Students are eligible for tuition scholarships
- Conveniently located just a few miles from downtown Boston, our
Medford/Somerville campus is easily accessible via public transportation and
has ample parking
Fall: Deadline is August 1
Spring: Deadline is December 1
For more information, visit
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences website or
email Part-time Programs.
Combined BS/MS Degree in Biology (4+1)
The Biology Department offers exceptional Tufts undergraduate Biology majors the option of earning a
combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (BS–MS) degree in five years.
This program allows students to finish the 120-hour undergraduate degree and the 30-hour master degree in five years.
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