Sackler Class

The Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences provides training through PhD and MS programs in biomedical science as well as a combined NIH-funded MD/PhD and a DVM/PhD program offered in collaboration with the Cummings School. Our programs are strongly grounded in the collegial and collaborative atmosphere that permeates our school and the Tufts University Health Science campus that is our home.

Basic Science PhD Programs

The PhD programs in the Basic Science Division of the Sackler School are designed to prepare students for research-focused careers in academic institutions of higher learning or in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. An integrated approach to the study of biomedical research problems is infused with strong discipline-based training in each of our five programs. 

The specific requirements for each basic science doctoral program vary but all programs share a basic structure with laboratory rotations and course work in the first year. Thesis research is at the core of the training and is overseen by the thesis mentor and a highly interactive thesis committee.  Students typically begin their dissertation work in June of their first year. The faculty mentor and highly interactive thesis committees guide students through the research phase of their training.

All basic science PhD programs are available to MD/PhD and DVM/PhD students.

Clinical Research PhD Program

Trainees in the Clinical and Translational Science PhD program are typically physicians or other health care professionals who have already obtained an advanced degree.  The additional training provided by a PhD in Clinical and Translational Science positions these individuals for academic careers focused on patient-centered research.

Students are initially admitted to the MS in Clinical and Translational Science and can move to the PhD program prior to finishing their MS by successfully completing the PhD Qualifying Examination.

MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

The MS degree curriculum is a series of required and elective courses focusing on basic and clinical pharmacology as it relates to drug development. In addition to significant coursework in translational pharmacology, students must also complete three elective courses and participate in weekly journal clubs and program seminars. Laboratory rotations are conducted in the first year and laboratory-based thesis research is conducted in the second year of training.

MS in Clinical & Translational Research

The Clinical & Translational Science MS is designed for physicians or others with advanced health science degrees that are prepared for these fields of study. The MS program complements other professional training and prepare individuals for academic positions involving research or teaching in their disciplines.

Certificate in Clinical Research

Sackler offers a one-year program leading to a Certificate in Clinical Research.  The program provides training for physicians and health professionals who seek additional clinical research training but are not ready to pursue a degree in this discipline.

Summer Research

Through the Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences program, Sackler offers mentored research training and career development to undergraduates.

Pathway to the PhD

Sackler sponsors this inter-session program for undergraduates in partnership with the University of Massachusetts - Boston.

Post-Baccalaureate Research Internship Program

This non-degree program is ideal for recent college graduates interested in gaining research experience and improving skills before applying to graduate degree programs in the biomedical sciences.

Non-Degree Coursework

Individuals who have not been admitted to a Sackler School degree program may take courses by registering for the specific classes they wish to take.

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Sackler is committed to training both men and women for fulfilling careers; about 60% of our students are women.

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development