Requirements and Deadlines: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Programs

 

 

Be sure to review the admissions process overview and application requirements and policies in addition to the program-specific requirements below.
 

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Graduate Degree Programs

Art | Art History | Art History & Museum Studies | Biology | Chemistry | Child Study & Human Development | Child Study & Human Development: Cognitive Science | Classics | Classics with Teaching Licensure | Classics: Digital Tools for Pre-Modern Study | Data Analytics | Diversity & Inclusion Leadership | Economics | Economics & Public Policy | Education: Cognitive Science | Education: Educational Studies | Education: Art Education | Education: Elementary STEM Education | Education: Middle & High School Education | Education: Museum Education | Education: Physics Education | Education: School Psychology | Education: STEM Education | English | Environmental Economics & Urban Planning | Environmental Policy & Planning | History | History & Museum StudiesInterdisciplinary Doctorate | Mathematics | Music | Occupational Therapy | Philosophy | PhysicsPhysics: Astrophysics | Physics: Physics Education | Psychology | Psychology: Cognitive Science | Public Policy | Sustainability | Theatre & Performance Studies | Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning
 

Art (MFA)

  • Interdisciplinary Studio Art
  • Interdisciplinary Studio Art with Museum Studies concentration
Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio
Portfolio must be submitted online through Slideroom: https://tufts-smfaattufts.slideroom.com

Personal Statement should not exceed (3) pages, and should address the following questions:
  • Tell us about your most recent/current art work.
  • What would you identify as important artistic and intellectual influences on your art work? In addition to artists, this might also include writers, scientists, theorists, and other cultural producers.
  • In what ways do you hope to expand and further your art practice at the SMFA at Tufts?
If interested in Museum Studies concentration: discuss the following in the Personal Statement: What experiences do you have with museums, and what do you hope to gain from the program?

 

Art History (MA)
Art History & Museum Studies (MA)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • Reading knowledge of a foreign language required
Writing sample should be a recent sample of your best piece of writing.

 

Biology (Open-Choice MS, PhD)

Deadlines
  • Spring: October 15 (MS only)
  • Fall: December 15 (PhD)
    Fall: January 15 (MS)
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation


 

Chemistry (MS, PhD)

  • Chemistry/Biotechnology
  • Chemical Physics
Deadlines
  • Spring: October 15
  • Fall: December 15 (PhD)
    Fall: January 15 (MS)
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
TOEFL score of 100 (or equivalent in IELTS/Duolingo) required, if submitting English language proficiency scores.


 

Child Study & Human Development (MA, PhD)
Child Study & Human Development: Cognitive Science (PhD)

Deadlines
  • Fall: December 1 (PhD)
    Fall: January 15 (MA)
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Supplemental Essay
Supplemental Essay for MA applicants:
The Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development’s mission is to
  • Enhance lives of children & families in diverse communities and contexts of the 21st century
  • Use collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches
  • Conduct research that informs practice and utilize practice that informs theory and research
  • Promote civic engagement

Please write about the first theme and at least one other in 500 words or less. Address the following questions.
  • How do each of these mission themes resonate with your interests in the program and in your career? 
  • How do your prior experiences (or lack of) lead you to connect with each of these themes? 
  • How do you envision carrying out these themes/learning to carry out these themes during your time in our MA program?
  • What challenges do you see in your ability to implement each of these themes?

Supplemental Essay for PhD applicants:
A supplemental essay (max 500 words) is required for all PhD applicants:  
  • How do differences in cultural and/or contextual processes impact theory, research or practice in your area of scholarly interest?


 

Classics (MA)
Classics with Teaching Licensure (MA)
Digital Tools for Pre-Modern Study (MA)

Deadlines
  • Spring: October 15 (excludes Digital Tools for Pre-Modern Study)
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
Writing sample: Please provide a sample of your academic writing of no more than 20 pages. The sample can be about any topic in Classical Studies, broadly conceived to encompass the classical tradition and related fields. The sample must demonstrate your ability to ask productive questions, work with both primary and secondary sources, and your ability to situate your work within the broader landscape of scholarship on a question.


 

Data Analytics (MS)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • GRE or GMAT scores required
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation


 

Diversity and Inclusion Leadership (MA)

Deadlines
  • Spring: October 15 (part-time applicants only)
  • Fall: February 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation


 

Economics (MS)

Deadlines
  • Fall: February 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • GRE scores required
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation


 

Economics and Public Policy (PhD)
Joint degree with The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
Current Tufts Economics and Fletcher Master's students should contact Graduate Admissions for Ph.D. requirements.


 

Education

Application Requirements for all programs
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation

Art Education (MAT)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 2
Additional Requirements for Art Education (MAT)
  • Portfolio
  • Interview required

Cognitive Science (PhD)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Additional Requirements for Cognitive Science (PhD)
  • GRE scores required

Educational Studies (MA)

Deadlines
  • Spring: October 15
  • Fall: January 15

Elementary STEM (MAT)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 2
Additional Requirements for Elementary STEM (MAT)
  • Either GRE scores or Communication and MTELS (optional)

Middle & High School (MAT)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 2
Additional Requirements for Middle & High School (MAT)
  • Either GRE scores or Communication and Literacy Skills MTELS (optional)
  • Two of the three letters of recommendation should be from academic professionals representing the subject area in which the applicant is seeking licensure
  • A writing sample in the language of specialization is required for applicants seeking licensure in a foreign language 
  • Candidates applying to the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative (UTTC) track are required to submit a supplemental essay
  • Interview required

Museum Education (MA)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15

Physics Education (PhD)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Additional Requirements for Physics Education (PhD)
  • Writing sample: Where the personal statement is about you, this should be a sample of your scholarly writing about a topic in STEM Education, citing references from relevant literature. Feel free to send a paper you've already written, for a course or for publication, or write something new focused on problems you are interested to study.

School Psychology (MA/EdS)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Additional Requirements for School Psychology (MA/EdS)
  • Supplemental essay
  • Interview or shadow a school psychologist to become informed about the roles and responsibilities in the field
  • Interview required

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education (MS, PhD)

Deadlines
  • Fall: December 15 (PhD)
    Fall: 
    January 15 (MS)
Additional Requirements for STEM Education (MS, PhD)
  • GRE scores optional
  • Writing sample: Where the personal statement is about you, this should be a sample of your scholarly writing about a topic in STEM Education, citing references from relevant literature. Feel free to send a paper you've already written, for a course or for publication, or write something new focused on problems you are interested to study.


 

English (PhD)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
Writing sample should be a recent sample of your best piece of writing.


 

Environmental Economics & Urban Planning (MS)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • GRE scores required
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation


 

Environmental Policy & Planning (MS)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation


 

History (MA, PhD)

Global History PhD program not currently accepting applications.

History & Museum Studies (MA)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
Writing sample should be a recent sample of your best piece of writing.

Requirements for PhD applicants:
  • Proof of proficiency in one foreign language
  • Submit a statement of intent, detailing the planned dissertation field
  • Contact Professors Ayesha Jalal and Kris Manjapra for the Modern South Asia program


 

Interdisciplinary Doctorate (PhD)

Deadlines
  • Spring: September 15
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Program proposal
Proposal: A detailed proposal in accordance with the program guidelines is required. See website for details.


 

Mathematics (MS, PhD)

Deadlines
  • Fall: December 15 (PhD)
    Fall: January 15 (MS)
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
GRE (General and Subject) test scores are neither required nor considered.

Personal Statement:
 This statement should include your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate study at Tufts and within the Department of Mathematics. Discuss what makes mathematics exciting to you. In addition, please include a description of a math problem or topic that challenged you early in your undergraduate experience. Discuss how you, perhaps with the help of others, overcame those difficulties to understand the problem better and how you presently understand it. Do not be afraid to choose something from a "basic" class like calculus. Your application materials already speak to your achievements; here instead we are interested in hearing about how you have developed your interest in mathematics. Please limit your statement to 750 words or fewer.


 

Music (MA)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • Portfolio (if applicable)
Portfolio required for applicants to the Composition concentration, and encouraged for applicants to the Conducting concentration.
  • Composition: portfolio of representative scores and recordings, if available, is required with your application
  • Conducting: A 10-15 minute video of a performance excerpt is encouraged


 

Occupational Therapy
Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Deadlines
  • Summer: October 15
Entry-Level OTD applicants must apply via OTCAS.


Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Post-Professional Occupational Therapy (MS)

Deadlines
  • Spring: October 15 (domestic applicants only)
  • Fall: January 15

Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • GRE scores (if applicable)
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample (Entry-Level OTD and Post-Professional MS only)
  • Certificate of Hepatitis B Vaccination (please submit to department directly)
  • See department website for pre-requisite requirements.
GRE scores not required for applicants who will have received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution by time of enrollment. GRE scores required for all other applicants who received a degree from an institution outside of the U.S. 

Resume/CV:
Include shadowing/volunteer hours.

Personal Statement:
EL-OTD program and Post-Professional MS program applicants: Please give your reasons for deciding to do graduate work in the field you have chosen. We are particularly concerned that you cover these points (3 pages maximum):
  • What previous experiences and commitments have brought you to consider applying for graduate training?
  • What are your chief objectives in applying now?
  • How do you think this Tufts program will help you in the pursuit of your objectives and vocation?
Post-Professional OTD program applicants: Guidelines for personal statement (limit 4 pages double-spaced):
 
  • What are your plans for graduate study as related to your future career as a leader in occupational therapy? Please address your specialty focus.
  • The Leadership Project is an important part of the OTD program (see description for 286 Leadership Project Planning). Please indicate your current ideas about your project.
  • In what ways do your academic background and recent professional experience point to your potential for success as a doctoral student and as a leader in occupational therapy? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
  • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?

TOEFL score
 of 100 iBT (or equivalent IELTS/Duolingo score) required, if submitting English language proficiency scores.

Writing Sample: The Tufts University Department of Occupational Therapy values values the personal experiences and perspectives of our student body.  Please reflect on and share how your life experiences would enrich your educational experience within the Tufts community. (2 pages max, double-spaced).

 


 

Philosophy (MA)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
Writing sample should be a recent sample of your best piece of writing.


 

Physics (MS, PhD)
Physics: Astrophysics (MS, PhD)
Physics: Physics Education (MS, PhD)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores are not required, will not be accepted, and will not be considered in the evaluation of graduate applications.


 

Psychology (PhD)
Psychology: Cognitive Science (PhD)

Deadlines
  • Fall: December 1
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • GRE General and Subject Test scores are optional
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample (optional)
  • Additional materials (optional)
Personal Statement: This statement should describe your previous experience with the type of research you are interested in, how that experience will facilitate your graduate education, and why you are choosing to pursue graduate education in our department. Your goal should be to demonstrate how well you will fit in the Tufts Psychology program and in a specific laboratory or laboratories. If you are applying for the Cognitive Science program, please also describe why you are interested in that interdisciplinary program. For more information please see: https://as.tufts.edu/psychology/prospective-students/graduate-programs/writing-research-statement. Please limit your statement to 2,000 words.

Optional writing sample:
 You have the option to provide an additional indication of your writing and research experience. This could include a scientific publication, experimental write-up, honors thesis, or other scientific writing.

Optional additional materials: You also have the option of submitting additional supporting material that further demonstrates fit with the lab or indicated supervisor, and that were not discussed in the personal statement (e.g., online courses and/or boot-camps, poster presentations, relevant professional development opportunities, certifications in programming languages, videos of an experiment currently in progress, video of scientific presentation, relevant blog posts, relevant publications).


 

Public Policy (MPP)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
At least seven (7) years of significant, relevant professional work experience required.


 

Sustainability (MS)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation


 

Theatre & Performance Studies (PhD)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • Portfolio documenting creative work (optional)
TOEFL score of 100 iBT (or equivalent IELTS/Duolingo score) required, if submitting English language proficiency scores

Personal Statement: Address questions such as "Why this particular program? What sort of questions has your research turned up so far? What sparks your interest in fields other than Drama and Theatre?" Review this video on writing a strong personal statement. The statement should be no more than 1000 words.


 

Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning (MA)

Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
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Bachelor's/Master's Combined Degree Programs


Only open to current Tufts undergraduate students in their Junior or Senior year.

Combined Degree Programs
  • Art Education (BFA/MAT)
  • Biology (BS/MS)
  • Chemistry (BS/MS)
  • Classics (BA/MA)
  • Data Analytics (BA/MS or BS/MS)
  • Economics (BS/MS)
  • Education: Middle & High School (BA/MAT or BS/MAT)
  • Environmental Policy & Planning (BA/MS or BS/MS)
  • Mathematics (BS/MS)
  • Museum Education (BA/MA) also open to Connecticut College undergraduates
  • Music (BA/MA)
  • Philosophy (BA/MA)
  • Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning (BS/MA or BA/MA) must apply during Junior year
Deadlines
  • Juniors: March 15
  • Seniors: December 15
Application Requirements
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Check department website for additional requirements
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Tufts Plus Programs

Open to Tufts seniors and recent graduates. Eligibility requirements vary by program. 

Deadlines: See program deadlines above.

Application Requirements: See program requirements, with the below exceptions: 
GRE General test scores not required
Two letters of recommendation required, one of which must be from undergraduate advisor

Programs
Biology (MS): Open to applicants within two years of graduating from Tufts.

Child Study & Human Development (MA): Open to applicants within two years of graduating from Tufts. Eligible students must have a 3.25 GPA their senior year.

Diversity & Inclusion Leadership (MA): Open to applicants within two years of graduating from Tufts. Qualified applicants must have strong recommendations and a strong commitment to diversity research and scholarship.

Economics (MS): Open to applicants within two years of graduating from Tufts. Qualified applicants must have strong recommendations and a strong commitment to academic research and scholarship.

Education (MAT, MS, MA): Open to applicants within two years of graduating from Tufts.

History (MA): Open to applicants within two years of graduating from Tufts. Eligible students must have a 3.25 GPA or better. Applicants from other majors considered on a case-by-case basis.

Mathematics (MS): Open to applicants within two years of graduating from Tufts. Eligible students must have a 3.25 GPA or better.
Completion of two of the following: Math 135, Math 136, Math 145, Math 146.
Completion of two of the following sequences: Math 135-136, Math 145-146, Math 151-152, Math 161-162. 

Museum Education (MA):Open to applicants within two years of graduating from Tufts.

Music (MA)
: Open to applicants within two years of graduating from Tufts. Eligible students must have a 3.25 GPA or better in their major.

Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning (MA): Open to applicants within two years of graduating from Tufts. Qualified applicants must have strong recommendations, a strong commitment to community and public engagement, and relevant work experience either during or subsequent to college.

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Advanced Certificates


A Bachelor's degree is required to apply to all certificate programs.

Deadlines (see below for exceptions)
  • Spring: September 15 (International applicants)
    Spring: December 15 (Domestic applicants)
  • Fall: June 1 (International applicants)
    Fall: 
    August 1 (Domestic applicants)
Deadline Exceptions
  • Early Childhood Technology: No Spring admission
  • Mathematics Post-Baccalaureate: No Spring admission
  • Museum Studies: Fall deadline of April 1, no Spring admission

Programs
  • Advanced Professional Certification in School-Based Practice
  • Assistive Technology
  • Community Environmental Studies
  • Data Analytics
  • Diversity and Inclusion Leadership
  • Early Childhood Technology
  • GIScience
  • Management of Community Organizations
  • Mathematics Post-Baccalaureate
  • Museum Studies 
  • Occupational Therapy (Areas of Specialization) 
    • Advanced Professional Study in Occupational Therapy
    • Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation
  • Program and Organizational Evaluation
  • Spatial Data Analytics
  • Studio Art Post-Baccalaureate
 
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • One letters of recommendation
  • Check department websites for any additional requirements


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