Department of Biology Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Tufts University

Department of Biology Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Tufts University

Medford, MA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Introduction to Tufts University's Biology Degree Program

The administration and faculty of Tufts University's Biology Department feel that graduate school should be more than just conducting experiments. The department's mission is to offer a graduate experience that includes innovative research environments, training in diverse disciplines, and close mentoring from outstanding faculty.

Tufts offers the following degrees: Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biology.

Admissions into Tufts University's Biology Programs

Each completed graduate application is carefully reviewed by faculty to ensure that goals, interests, and preparation will enable prospective students to succeed in Tufts University's biology program. The goal of the admissions committee goes far beyond selecting the next crop of students; in fact they are charged with selecting future colleagues.

Once joining the Tufts community, graduate students work directly with faculty to create an individualized program of study to best fits the needs of each student. Tufts benefits from a diverse community of researchers that have varied interests and expertise, but share the desire to ask and answer interesting biological questions.

Research and Mentoring

Currently, the department consists of twenty-one full-time faculty working on a wide-range of biological questions. Graduate students are valued members of faculty research teams and approximately thirty to thirty-five graduate students, mostly Ph.D. candidates, participate in the program. This low faculty-to-student ratio promotes close interactions between students and faculty who work as research collaborators.

Members of the Biology Department take their mentoring responsibilities very seriously. As part of this commitment they provide their students with opportunities to: discuss research with faculty, co-author publications, apply for research fellowships (internal and external funding), present at scientific conferences, attend workshops, and serve as mentors to the undergraduate research/teaching assistants.

Communication and Sharing Research Information

Members of Tufts University's Biology Department believe that in addition to the importance of teamwork and mentoring, good communication skills are essential for succeeding in science. For example, graduate students are strongly encouraged to present an annual research seminar for members of the department. These seminars not only give students practice presenting their research, but also serve to inform the members of the department about the fascinating research being conducted.

In addition, external seminar speakers (several of which are invited by the graduate students each year) are also invited to present their research as part of the Biology Department's seminar series. These guest seminars allow current students a valuable opportunity to network (and often have lunch) with outstanding researchers from other universities.

Lastly, because the research conducted in the Biology Department often spans several specific disciplines (e.g., animal behavior, endocrinology, neurobiology, developmental biology, conservation, cell biology, molecular biology), there exist ample opportunities for cross-department and cross-school collaborations.

Education Training Opportunities

Although research training is one of the main goals of Tufts University's biology program, Tufts knows that it is equally important to prepare students for the teaching that many of them will do in their careers. Importantly, since most careers (academic as well as non-academic) require the ability to teach co-workers/students specific concepts, Tufts provides a variety of educational training opportunities as part of its biology program.

For example, by serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and participating in an innovative course entitled, "Teaching Biology: Pedagogy and Practice," graduate students gain direct and practical experience in how to prepare and present biological subjects effectively to undergraduates.

Tufts also offers an optional "Teacher Scholar" experience for more advanced students, in which students practice the role of "Professor" by giving guest lectures in their areas of research specialty under the guidance of a faculty member.

Tufts University Is Located Near Boston, Massachusetts

Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is located in Medford, Massachusetts -- just five miles outside of Boston, a city which offers a multitude of culinary, historical, recreational, ethnic, educational, and cultural resources. The Greater Boston area is also home to more than 150,000 students in 50 colleges and universities.

Location & Contact

Department of Biology

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Tufts University

Medford, MA 02155
United States

Dr. Catherine Freudenreich

Graduate Program Director

Office of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 617-627-3395

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Soft Materials Robotics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Biology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 6
    • Doctoral Degrees 7
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


15% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 155
    • Accepted 24
    • Acceptance Rate 15
    • Enrolled 13
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 15th December 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 15th September 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 15
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Federal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students52
    • Female Percentage62%
    • Male Percentage38%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students52
    • Part-time Percentage21%
    • Full-time Percentage79%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino9%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian74%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian7%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown6%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty22
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage32%
    • Male Percentage68%