Application & Tuition
Application Fast Facts:
Application Deadline: January 15
Program Cost: Two years of tuition for three year program. The 2018-2019 tuition is $44,904.
Interview Required: Yes
GRE Requirement: Yes; verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing
Shadowing: Observe a practicing school
Prerequisites: Undergraduate major in
psychology, or coursework in statistics, abnormal psychology,
and developmental psychology
Letters of Recommendation: 3
Degree Type: Master of Arts (MA) and Educational Specialist (EdS)
Notification and Decisions: Applicants notified of
admissions status by March 15; program must receive applicants decision by April 15
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The Department awards tuition scholarships based upon academic merit
and financial need. These awards may be used exclusively for
remission of tuition. Nearly all students entering the program
receive tuition scholarships, with the average tuition remission
being 40% for the two years of the program. Students who receive
scholarships are responsible for payment of fees and tuition charges
above those covered by their financial aid package. Tuition
scholarships are awarded upon admission. To be sustained students
must remain in good academic standing in the department and in the
To apply for tuition scholarships, complete the Financial Aid
Application section of the
online application. Award notification is sent to the
applicant's mailing address with the acceptance letter. Award offers
are official only when made in writing and signed by the dean of the
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Other Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities
Many students take advantage of hundreds of external scholarships
each year through their employers, civic and religious
organizations, or other networks. External scholarships can supplement any additional aid you might receive from
Tufts University, and there are
several free website resources that can help make your search
easier. Information on other types of financial assistance,
including various loan programs and work-study, are available from
Student Financial Services.
School Psychology Scholarships
Tufts' Department of Education awards up to three scholarships
to third year students doing internships in Eastern
Massachusetts' urban school districts. The purpose of these
awards is to support and promote the development of professional
competence in school psychology students working in urban
settings. Second year students may apply once their internship
placement has been confirmed.
- Students seeking part-time work on campus should
Employment, Dowling Hall.
- Off campus employment opportunities may be available through
- Graduate students in the department are eligible to apply
for positions as Research Assistants and Graduate Assistants.
Each full time faculty member has the option to hire a Graduate
Assistant at the beginning of the academic year. Job
descriptions for both are posted in
Employment Opportunities and students apply according to
personal interest and qualification for the position. GA
positions are for four hours weekly and are paid at an hourly
rate; RA positions vary. Contact
Program Tuition and Fees
Tuition of $44,904 (2018-2019), per year is billed over the first two years only
for the three year School Psychology Program and is inclusive of
courses taken during the summer terms. This includes the summers
prior to the first year, between the first and second years, and
following the second year. No tuition is charged during the third
year. However, there is a small continuation fee.
The University also charges the following fees:
- A Graduate Student Activity Fee of $62 is assessed
annually to support the activities of the Graduate Student Council.
- Health Insurance cost ($2,750 for 2018-2019) for
comprehensive medical coverage for students. If desired,
coverage is also available for spouses and children. Students
will be charged this amount unless a
waiver is filed. This cost may be waived if proof of outside
coverage from a U.S. carrier is submitted.
- A Comprehensive Student Health Fee ($842 for
2018-2019) for use of Tufts health and counseling services is mandatory for
students enrolled half-time or more.
- For students taking longer than 3 years to complete the
program, a continuation fee of $800 per additional semester will
Additional costs and program fees:
- Since tuition costs do not include room and board, living expenses are additional. Review the
on-campus housing information.
- Off campus housing information is available through the following resources:
- A non-refundable deposit of $300 is due upon
confirming your offer of admission.
- Books will be an additional expense, likely between $200-300
You can find more information about the application process on the
Graduate School Website. Tufts alumni, please read about the
TuftsPlus program, as recent graduates may be eligible for a
streamlined application process. A complete application to the
program includes the following:
- Online Application for Admission
Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
- College Transcripts: One
official copy of each of your college transcripts
- Send GREs: Tufts University GRE code 3901
- Three Letters of Recommendation. Collectively the
letters should address your capacity to accomplish
graduate-level studies. One letter should be from an academic
setting and speak to your writing ability. The other letters may
be from clinical, research, or employment settings, either paid
- Shadowing: In order to become informed about the
roles and responsibilities of practitioners in the field,
arrange to meet with and observe a practicing school
- Personal statement: Elaborate
on your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate study at Tufts and your vision of
becoming a school psychologist. Describe significant
experiences, inspiring individuals, important relationships,
and/or influential events that motivated you to take this path.
- Application fee of $85 (non-refundable).
- Interview Day: Attendance at our Interview
Day, usually the first Saturday in March, is highly recommended.
You will learn about what differentiates Tufts from other
programs, have an individual admissions interview, participate
in a group process exercise, give a writing sample, meet current
students and faculty, and take a campus tour. We realize that
attendance may not be possible, but we encourage all applicants
to make every effort to attend this day.
- Financial Aid Applications: If
you are applying for
financial assistance and/or a Tufts University
Department-based scholarship, be sure to complete the following two steps:
- Complete the Financial Aid Application section of the online application.
- To apply for loans and other financial assistance
that is awarded from outside Tufts University, you will also need to complete a
www.fafsa.ed.gov (The Tufts FAFSA Code is 002219)
You can find more information about the application process on the
Graduate School Website. If you have questions please call
617.627.2390 or email