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Graduate Program


The Department of Biology offers a program of advanced study and thesis research leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology. Visit the Master of Science page for additional information.

The Graduate Program is arranged into five concentrations, each with an advisor and a core of faculty researchers. Befitting the integrative nature of Biology, we encourage interdisciplinary research and collaborations between academic fields. For more information on these concentrations follow the links below:

Students may choose from a wide variety of research topics in each concentration, represented by the specialized interests of the faculty, listed, and described in greater detail on the Faculty & Research page.

An important feature of our program is the opportunity for students in each area to interact with students and faculty in the other areas, which often leads to exciting new ideas for innovative cross-disciplinary research. The department consists of twenty-six full-time faculty. There are typically about fifty graduate students in the program, about 70% of which are Ph.D. candidates. This low student-to-faculty ratio promotes close interaction between students and faculty who work as research collaborators. Our program requirements are flexible, so that graduate training can be individually tailored for each student.

Additional Departmental Affiliations and Opportunities

Biology Education Research
The biology department also supports research collaborations with the Department of Education.
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Tufts Institute of the Environment
The Tufts Institute of the Environment supports university wide research and education in the environment. Biology graduate students are eligible for TIE fellowships to support their interdisciplinary research or to participate in the weeklong Tufts Environmental Literature Institute for graduate students.
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