PhD in Biomedical Sciences Program Admissions

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 prepares students 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.

Admission of PhD students requires that students are ‘matched’ to an appropriate faculty member with the funding necessary to provide a stipend to the student and the resources to support a PhD Dissertation project. 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. Each year, the PhD Program Committee identifies faculty able and willing to become mentors to new PhD students and then seeks to match qualified applicants to the PhD program with the most appropriate faculty members based on the applicants’ prior training and future goals. It is thus helpful for applicants to clearly describe their career goals in their personal statements, and to explain how research performed by specific members of the PhD program faculty would provide useful training toward achieving those goals.

Applicants are advised to contact faculty members to assess their interest and ability to serve as their applicant’s mentor prior to submitting an application.

It is expected that students will pursue their doctoral degree as full-time students. 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.