FAQ's for Entry Level Master's (ELM) Program
*Note: we are no longer offering our spring
start program to incoming ELM students. All ELM applicants must
apply for the Fall deadline.
When is the application deadline?
A: The application deadline for the Entry-Level Master's program is
January 15 for fall admission.
Q: How do Tufts graduates perform on the
NBCOT Certification Exam?
A: Between 2011-2013, Tufts graduates
had a pass rate of 95%.
Q: What are the prerequisites for admission to the program?
A: There are a total of 6 prerequisite courses which must be passed with a grade
of B- or better and taken at an accredited college or university. Candidates may
apply and be accepted while completing the prerequisites. However, all
prerequisites must be successfully completed before matriculation.
Effective Fall 2015, the following six (6) courses
will be required:
One course in Developmental Psychology or Human Development
(will accept a course in the area of Child Development or Life
Span Development) – no online courses accepted
Abnormal Psychology – no online courses accepted
One additional social science course (this course can be
in the area of psychology, anthropology, sociology) –
no online courses accepted
Two courses in biology, including content in cell biology.
(Either A&P I and II, or a semester of Anatomy and a semester
of Physiology may be substituted for the Biology prerequisite.)
One Biology course must have a lab component. – no online
One course in introductory statistics – online courses ARE accepted
If you have any questions, please email Jill Rocca at
Q: Do you accept online courses for prereqs?
A: The only online course we will accept towards prereqs is stats.
All other courses must be completed on site.
Q: Do you accept hybrid courses for Biology prereqs?
A: No, we do not accept hybrid courses for our biology prerequisites.
Q: How can I make sure that my prereq course
A: You can email the course name and
description to Jill Rocca.
Q: Do I need previous volunteer experience
A: Yes, but there is no specific requirement for the number of hours.
Q: How many candidates apply and how many are accepted?
A: The number of applicants
varies each semester. Each candidate is evaluated on an individual
Q: How can I learn more about the
department and school?
A: Information (brochure and
application materials) will be sent upon request by calling the
department at (617) 627-5720. BSOT conducts info sessions throughout
View our Information Session schedule or call for dates and
times. Faculty members are present to answer any and all questions.
are not conducted.
Q: Can I apply for the ELM program
even though I have not yet completed my
A: Yes, you may apply before you complete your
prereqs. If you are accepted,
you will be issued a "conditional acceptance." This means that you
will be officially accepted upon completion of your prereqs. You
must submit your transcript showing your completion and grade to our
department before you
enroll for classes.
Q: Will applying before completing
my prerequisites put me at a disadvantage?
A: We have a very competitive pool of applicants. A
student who has completed
all prereqs may have a slight advantage. If you do not get in, you
may want to reapply after completing your prereqs.
FAQ's for Post-Professional Master's Program (PPM)
Q: Is the Post-Professional Program a full time
or part time program?
A: International students must maintain full time
status while completing the program. Domestic students have the
option of completing the program on a full--time or part-time basis.
Q: When is the application deadline?
All international students must apply by January 15th.
FAQ's for OTD's
Q: When is the application deadline?
A: Candidates have the option of apply for admissions during the
fall and spring semesters. Fall applications are due January 15 and
spring applications are due October 15.