Special Students

Sackler Student in the Lab

Individuals who have not been admitted to a Sackler School degree program may take PhD or Master’s courses as Special or non-matriculated students. A Special Student can be an employee of Tufts University, a graduate of a Sackler School program or other programs at Tufts, or someone outside of Tufts who wishes to take a course.

There is no limit to the number of courses Special Students may take; however, those who are subsequently admitted to a Sackler School degree program may only count up to two Sackler courses that were taken toward their degrees. Thus, it is recommended that those interested in seeking a degree apply for admission and matriculate before registering for a third course.

Special Students must obtain permission from the course director (their signature on the Special Student Application and Registration Form), and meet the course prerequisites and requirements and provide appropriate immunization documentation before they can be registered. A Special Student application must be completed each semester an individual plans on taking course(s) as a Special Student.

Course Information

A list of course offerings is available through the schedule of courses here.   SIS

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting all required materials for Special Student status is two weeks before the start of classes.

See the Academic Calendar for specific term dates.  weblink

Required Application Documents

Application Form

Applicants must complete the Sackler School Special Student Instructions, Application, & Registration Form and submit the form with an original signature. A copy of the form may also be faxed to 617-636-0375.

Download the Special Student Form  download pdf

Degree Verification

Documentation that the applicant has obtained at least a Bachelor’s degree (official transcript, copy of diploma, copy of the medical school diploma or medical license, etc.) must be provided.

Immunization Requirements

Students accepted to the Sackler School must provide documentation to comply with Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Tufts University immunization requirements in order to register. Students need to complete the Sackler School Immunization form, which can be downloaded from the Student Advisory & Health Administration website.  weblink

If you have any questions about the requirements please call the Student Advisory & Health Administration at 617-636-2700 or email Lucia Fenney, Immunization Administrator Send an e-mail.

Payment Verification

Course tuition must be paid before the application will be processed. Tufts employees covered by Tufts Tuition Remission must file the appropriate tuition exemption form.

Contact Information

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

Apply to the Sackler School


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