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Admission to the PhD Program

Admission to the PhD Program

Talented students seeking graduate training in the focus areas of Clinical Sciences, Infectious Diseases,  Neuroscience and Reproductive Biology, Human-Animal Interaction, and Pathology apply to our PhD in Biomedical Sciences program. Students applying to the program match with a faculty member with compatible research interests who will serve as a mentor upon admission. The program fosters students’ scientific research and technical skills, communication, and critical analysis and graduates scientists who are prepared to advance in their careers as PhD scientists.

Admission to the PhD program is based on an evaluation and recommendation by the PhD Program Committee. Applicants to the program must submit an online application and meet all application requirements by February 1.

In their application, all applicants must specify at least one Cummings School faculty member who has a research program aligned with the scientific interests and career goals of the applicant.   Applicants are advised to contact faculty members to assess their interest and ability to serve as the applicant’s mentor prior to submitting an application. Applicants who do not require stipend support may seek out a mentor from the PhD faculty who aligns with their interests regardless of the mentor’s ability to provide a stipend for a student. (See the faculty section) It is expected that students will pursue their doctoral degree as a full-time time student. There may be special instances when a student may want to pursue the program on a part-time basis. Authorization for registering in the PhD program as a part-time student may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Tuition and fees are payable according to Tufts University guidelines. Admitted PhD students may be eligible for a PhD tuition waiver through a school scholarship.

For more information about PhD program financial aid, please contact the graduate program manager.

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Our program directors, faculty, alumni and current students would be happy to talk with you and answer your questions specifically.