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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.

Q: 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 courses accepted

  • One course in introductory statistics – online courses ARE accepted

If you have any questions, please email Jill Rocca at Jill.Rocca@tufts.edu

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 counts?
A: You can email the course name and description to Jill Rocca.

Q: Do I need previous volunteer experience to apply?
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 basis.

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 the year.  View our Information Session schedule or call for dates and times. Faculty members are present to answer any and all questions. Formal interviews are not conducted.

Q: Can I apply for the ELM program even though I have not yet completed my prerequisite courses?
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?
A: 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.