Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the admissions process. If your question is not here, please contact us.

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When is the application deadline for PhD Programs in the Basic Science Division?

The deadline is set each year.  For September 2015 admission to the PhD programs in the Basic Science Division, the deadline is December 15th.  All supplemental materials must be turned in by the deadline.

What is the deadline for the MS in Pharmacology and Drug Development?
The deadline is set each year.  For September 2015 admission to the MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development, the deadline is April 15th.  All supplemental materials must be turned in by the deadline.
What is the deadline for Clinical & Translational Science Program applicants?

Application materials for entry into Clinical & Translational Science programs are due by April 15.

Is the GRE required?

The GRE general test is required of all applicants to the basic science division programs. Applicants to the Clinical and Translational Science Program applicants who previously completed professional degrees (e.g., MD, DDS, PharmD, DVM etc.) are not required to complete the GRE general test; applicants with other degrees should contact the Admission Office directly.


When is the application deadline for PREP?
The application deadline for the Post-baccalaureate Research Program (PREP) is May 15th.
What is the minimum GRE requirement?

There is no minimum GRE requirement because all factors are considered when reviewing applications.

Is a GRE Subject Test Required?

None of the Sackler programs require a GRE subject test for admission.

Do you accept IELTS test scores?

Yes, we do accept IELTS test scores. The minimum acceptable score is 7 for the PhD programs in the Basic Science division and the MS in Clinical & Translational Science.The minimum acceptable score for the MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development is 6.5. Score results must be sent directly to the Sackler School.

What is the minimum TOEFL requirement?
Non-native English speaker applicants to the PhD programs in the Basic Science Division or the MS in Clinical & Translational Science must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the internet-based exam for the TOEFL. Non-native English speaker applicants to the MS Program in Pharmacology & Drug Development must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the internet-based exam.
Can the TOEFL or IELTS Requirement be Waived?

The TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived if an applicant meets ONE of the following standards:

  • completion of a degree at a US institution
  • achievement of a percentile score of 50% or better on the GRE verbal
  • successful completion of the ECFMG Certificate (including USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, and Step 2 Clinical Skills exams). Must provide copy of the Certificate with the online application.

    If you received a 50% or better on the GRE verbal or meet any of the requirements above, the TOEFL or IELTS will automatically be waived for you.
Can I send you a photocopy of my GRE/TOEFL/IELTS scores in the mail, by email, or fax?

No, photocopies, faxes or emailed attachments of scores are not considered official. The scores must come directly from ETS.

Do you offer a Master's Degree program?
An MS in Clinical & Translational Science and an MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development are offered.
Are international students welcome in your programs?

International students are welcome. International students in the PhD programs in the Basic Science Division are eligible for the same financial package as other students. For tuition-bearing programs, international students are subject to the same tuition and fees as other students.

How many international students are accepted each year?

The Sackler School does not set a specific number of International Students that it will admit each year, but instead weighs the applications of all applicants to select those who are the best qualified. About 25% of our students come from countries outside the United States.

What level of financial support is provided to graduate students?

Most full-time Sackler School PhD graduate students receive full tuition scholarships, health insurance, and monthly living stipends to cover their expenses.

Sackler students may apply for federal loans for uncovered academic and living expenses that are within the federal guidelines.

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What criteria are used to evaluate applicants?

Each applicant is considered individually; this involves many factors including academic history, research experience, recommendations, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (international applicants only).

Can my application fee be waived?
The Sackler School offers fee waivers to applicants based on certain criteria. See more information about fee waivers here. info
How do I check the status of my application?

Once your application has been submitted you will receive an email notification from the Sackler School. You can log into the Slate System with your username and password which will allow you to view the status of your application at any time throughout the admissions process.  You may use Slate to track the receipt of any missing credentials.

If I am an international student, do I have to have an interview?

While an on-site interview is not required of international students, it is always necessary to speak with Sackler program officials, and it is often desirable for an applicant to tour the facilities and meet our faculty. It should be noted that the Sackler School does not provide travel expenses for international applicants.

Can I apply for Spring admissions?

The Sackler School does not have a Spring admissions period. New students are enrolled only in the Fall.

Do you accept transfer students from other biomedical science doctoral programs?

Students who have begun a PhD program at another university and would like to enroll in Tufts instead should apply through the regular admissions process. If accepted into the program, students may choose to enter in September as a first year student, or in July as a transfer student.

Students who enter as first years complete four laboratory rotations, beginning in September, before being matched with a thesis lab in May. Students who enter as transfer students complete two rotations in the summer and match with a thesis laboratory prior to the beginning of Fall term.

Whether entering as a first-year student or a transfer, up to two didactic courses may be transferred in. Courses that have been used to fulfill requirements for previous degrees are not eligible for transfer.

Financing Your Education

Students in Garden

Basic Science Division students typically receive a full tuition scholarship, a stipend and health insurance throughout their time as Sackler students.
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MSTP at Tufts

White Coat Ceremony

Tufts MSTP has about 40 students and allows trainees to choose between six different PhD programs.
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Alumni Pursue Many Careers

Career Panel

Sackler prepares students for careers in academia, the biotechnology industry and a wide range of other options.

Apply for 2017 Admission


The priority application deadline for PhD programs is December 1, 2016.