Tuition and Fees

2017 Program Dates

First Session: May 24-June 30

Second Session: July 5-August 11

12-Week Session: May 24-August 11

With SHORT COURSES and WORKSHOPS running throughout the Summer!

Online Specific Policies

Tufts summer online courses are faculty-directed, and are designed to use the power of Trunk (the university's learning management platform) to provide high quality courses to Tufts and visiting students. Summer online courses are designed carefully and have the same academic rigor as their face-to-face counterparts offered by Tufts in fall, spring, and summer terms. Expectations for teaching, studying, and achievement are identical to those in fall, spring, and summer courses.

Tufts summer online course are student-centered. They are offered “asynchronously” (meaning, they meet outside traditional classroom restraints of place and time), so students have greater freedom to interact with course content (lectures, presentations, discussions, forums, etc.) on a schedule that is convenient, using a wider network of resources to achieve educational goals. While online courses provide greater flexibility, Tufts summer online courses are not self-paced. They are highly facilitated courses, and you will be interacting with faculty and students each week of the summer term.

Online learning is not for everyone. These courses require students to logon to Trunk frequently to complete assignments, interact with instructors and students using emails, chats, and forums, view course content, and submit written work. Prospective students who feel that they need the structure of classroom lecturers in order to excel should consider whether or not online courses are the best choice for them. 

  1. All summer online courses carry a course load of one Tufts academic unit. This is the equivalent of three or four credit hours at institutions that express credit in these terms.

  2.  Online courses are treated the same as face-to-face courses at Tufts, in terms of academic expectations and grading.  Policies and procedures regarding adding, dropping, withdrawal, and the pass/fail grade option are identical.  Tufts students apply these courses towards graduation requirements in the same way that Tufts face-to-face courses apply.

  3. Summer online courses will be graded according to standards used by Tufts University.  Every course instructor will have expectations for the quantity and quality of the work you do to complete the course, and will affect the evaluation of your work for the course and grade.

  4. The recording of an administrative “Incomplete” grade is not permitted, except in documented cases of student illness, family emergency, or similar hardship.  A reasonable time-frame must be agreed to by the student and instructor, with the knowledge that if work is not submitted to complete the course by the agreed upon deadline, a predetermined grade (based on the assessment of academic work completed prior to the recording of the Incomplete grade. 

  5. A grade will be submitted to SIS no later than one week following the close of the academic term. 

  6. Tufts University will designate online courses on the academic transcript.

  7. Special Note to Tufts students: by vote of the Faculty of the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering, up to five courses designated as online can count toward graduate.  For more information, contact your advisor or consult the Tufts University Bulletin

Proctor Policies

Some online courses require proctored exams. Students within fifty miles of the Medford campus must come to campus to take these exams at a specific date and time. Students taking an online course from more than fifty miles away will need to identify an acceptable proctor and go through Summer Session's proctor verification process.

Please contact the proctor coordinator at with any questions.

Local Students

(residing within 50 miles of Tufts)

Tufts will schedule a time and place on the Medford campus to take each Summer Session Online proctored exam. Both campuses are accessible by car or public transportation. These exams are scheduled for a four hour window on a weekday evening. Please contact your course instructor or course site to find out the dates for your courses' on-campus exams.

Non-local Students

(residing more than 50 miles from Tufts)

Students who are taking a course that requires a paper exam must make their own proctoring arrangements. It is the student’s responsibility to find an acceptable proctor, submit the proctor's info to the Summer Session office for verification, and schedule a time to take the exam directly with your proctor. Please contact your instructor or your course website to view the scheduling windows for your exams and for more detailed information.

Some courses that require an online exam may have the opportunity to use an online proctoring service. This service requires a webcam and a microphone. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain access to these items. For Summer 2017, this service does not require an additional fee.

Acceptable proctors include:

1. An official testing center at a college or university - including, but not limited to, those listed on the NCTA website, although this is not an exhaustive list.
2. 2. Librarians at a public library, college/university
3. College or university instructors, staff, or administrators
4. High school teachers, principals, or administrators
5. High school principals, administrators, and full-time teachers

People in the following categories are unacceptable proctors:

1. Family and/or friends
2. Co-workers, including supervisors
3. Tutors and teaching assistants
4. Athletic coaches

Written Exams

If your course requires a paper exam, your proctor will be responsible for submitting the exam to us via email, fax, and/or postal mail. US-based students are asked to provide their proctor with a stamped envelope addressed to the Summer Session Office if their proctor is unable to submit the exam electronically.