Review Process & Selection Criteria

Applicants often wonder what we are looking for in prospective students and what our interview process is like. Some information addressing these questions is given below. We think it is important that there be a match between what we are looking for in our students and what an applicant is looking for in a school.

After the application deadline has passed, each program reviews all complete applications. Based on this review, competitive candidates are invited to campus for a formal interview. Each program has its own interview schedule and procedure. Interviews are typically held in January, February and March.

Personal Interview

Applicants invited to visit the Sackler School for a formal interview will also have the opportunity to tour the facilities and meet faculty and graduate students. Each program coordinates its own interview process. International applicants and other individuals living outside the United States are typically offered a telephone or video conference interview. Applicants who apply to multiple programs and receive multiple interview invitations are encouraged to work with the Program Coordinators to organize a single visit.

Selection Criteria

Applicants to the Basic Science Division are expected to demonstrate superior ability in the biological and chemical sciences throughout their undergraduate and graduate studies. Standardized test results, prior research experience, and letters of recommendation also are used to assess a candidate’s potential for graduate study. Our objective is to select students who are not only intellectually capable, but who also possess investigative skills and an inquisitive mind.

Selection criteria for applicants to Clinical and Translational Science include an assessment of the applicant’s commitment to a career in clinical care/health services research, the applicant’s potential for research as evidenced by prior academic activities, research experience, recommendations from clinical and research faculty who know the candidate well, and the degree to which academic and research interests coincide with opportunities and resources available at the Tufts Health Sciences campus and Tufts Medical Center.

Contact Information

Office of the Dean – Admissions
Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Suite 813
Tufts University
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-636-6767
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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