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Undergraduate Program

Combined BS/MS Degree in Biology (2020)

The Biology Department offers exceptional Tufts undergraduate Biology majors the option of earning a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (BS–MS) degree in five years. This program allows students to finish the 120-hour undergraduate degree and the 30-hour master degree in five years.

Completing the BS/MS requires 8 semesters of full-time undergraduate residency, and 2 semesters of full-time graduate residency. The 2-semester graduate residency requirement cannot be reduced. Graduate residency can only begin after the undergraduate degree is completed (34 course credits + completed undergraduate residency).

Tuition and financial aid
Combined-degree students are responsible for payment for four years of undergraduate tuition and two semesters of graduate tuition. The graduate degree scholarship committee will take the undergraduate degree scholarship package into consideration when making decisions. Tuition for the graduate program covers the graduate curriculum, starting with up to two Tufts graduate summer courses (if required for the degree) taken after the student's senior year. For approved 'cross-counted' 100-level courses, graduate tuition will be reduced by the cost of the cross-counted credit hours, up to six credit-hours (two courses).

Admission to the graduate year is normally during the junior year.

  • Students should apply and be admitted to the graduate program by the end of the spring semester of their junior year. Senior year applications will only be considered if space allows.
  • Competitive applicants will have an overall minimum GPA of 3.5, applicants not meeting the GPA requirement will still be considered and reviewed by the department.
  • Applicants are not required to pay the graduate application fee.
  • Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores.
  • Applicants need only submit 2 letters of recommendation.

During the early months of their junior year, students are required to contact their academic adviser and arrange a meeting with Dr. George Ellmore, in person, to facilitate program planning. For more information, please contact the Biology Graduate Program Coordinator at biology@tufts.edu.

Tufts undergraduate students must submit an application through the Office of Graduate Admissions. The deadline to apply is December 15 for seniors, and March 15 for juniors. For any additional questions on how to apply, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at gradadmissions@tufts.edu or 617-627-3395. You may also visit their office in Bendetson Hall.

Degree requirements
Graduates of the combined-degree BS/MS must complete all requirements for both the undergraduate degree (bachelors) and the graduate degree (masters) in Biology. Completion of ten courses (numbered 100 or above) with grades of B- or better is required for the masters degree. Up to two 100-level courses may be cross-counted from courses taken for the bachelors. These can applied toward the masters provided the 'shared' courses were taken in Biology.

Graduates of BS/MS receive a bachelor's degree from Tufts (BS), and a masters degree from Tufts (MS). Degrees are awarded upon completion of requirements for each portion of the BS/MS. A degree will be conferred once the BA requirements are completed, and a degree will be conferred once the MA requirements are met.