Required Application Documents

This information is for applicants to PhD, MS and Certificate programs.

Additional information for international applicants can be found here. info

The application process is entirely online. All necessary documents should be uploaded to the online application by you, your recommenders or testing services. Please do not mail, email, or fax materials to the Sackler School. Applications are reviewed as they are received, so applicants are encouraged to submit all required materials as early as possible. Applications arriving after the deadline will be considered if positions remain available in the desired program.

To assist you with timely submission of the correct application documents, information about all of the materials you are required to submit is given below.

Personal Statement

All degree and certificate programs require a Personal Statement. You can find your program's specific personal statement question on the Personal Statement page in the online application.

Letters of Recommendation

In the online application, you are required to submit names and email addresses of three persons willing to write letters of recommendation appraising your potential to succeed in the program to which you are applying. The application system will email online submission instructions to recommenders. Both you and the recommender will receive a confirmation email once a letter has been submitted to the online application.

Transcripts

Please upload a copy of your transcript from each college and/or university you have attended, regardless of whether you earned a degree. You do not need to include college courses taken in high school or exchange study courses already listed on the home institution transcript.

  • If your social security number is on your transcript, black it out before scanning.
  • Upload the transcript key on the back of your transcript(s).  Only one key is necessary per institution.
  • Transcript(s) must have your name and the school’s name.
  • Courses must be listed chronologically.
  • Orient the pages correctly in the document before uploading.
  • For all transcripts that are not in English, please upload a translated copy with the original.*

*If the issuing university is unable to provide an English translation, please submit the transcript to a verifying institution such as an education ministry, a translation service, or an accreditation service such as the Worldwide Education Service or the International Education Research Foundation.

Official transcripts

Official transcripts are only required if you accept an offer of admission. See Information for Accepted Applicants. info

GRE Test Scores

The GRE General Test is required of all applicants to the PhD and MS programs in the Basic Science Division. Applicants to the Clinical and Translational Science Program who previously completed professional degrees (e.g., MD, DDS, PharmD, DVM) are not required to submit GRE scores; applicants with other degrees should contact the Admissions Office directly. Please have Educational Testing Service (ETS) send GRE scores directly to Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences using the institution code of 3891. Any department code will suffice.

English Proficiency

All applicants for whom English is not the native language must demonstrate English proficiency in order to be considered for admission to the Sackler School. This requirement may be met in any of the following ways:

  • Receipt of a 2- or 4-year degree from a US college or university (including schools in US territories and protectorates) before the program start date.
  • Receipt of a 2- or 4-year degree from a college or university in Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada (except Quebec), or New Zealand before the program start date.
  • A score at the 50th percentile or higher on the Verbal GRE.
  • A total TOEFL score of: 100 or higher for Basic Science PhD degrees and PhD, MS, and Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science; 80 or higher for the MS degree in Pharmacology and Drug Development and the Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research.
  • An overall band score on the IELTS of: 7.0 or higher for Basic Science PhD degrees and PhD, MS, and Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science; 6.5 or higher for the MS degree in Pharmacology and Drug Development and the Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research.
  • Completion of the ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certification.

TOEFL Test Scores

An official electronic TOEFL score report from Educational Testing Service (ETS) is required. Please have ETS send TOEFL scores directly to Tufts University Sackler School using the institution code of 3891. Any department code will suffice.

IELTS Test Scores

Please upload your IELTS Test Report Form to the online application.

Application Fee

There is a nonrefundable application fee of $90 for the PhD, MS, and Certificate programs. The fee may be paid by credit card or e-check as part of the application process.

Fee Waiver

The Sackler School offers fee waivers to applicants based on certain criteria. See more information about fee waivers here. info

Enrollment Deposit

Accepted students in the Pharmacology and Drug Development Program are required to submit nonrefundable $1,000 enrollment deposits, which are applied to their fall semester tuition.

Contact Information

Office of the Dean - Admissions
Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Suite 813
Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-636-6767
Email: Send an e-mail 

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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

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research