Admissions

Tufts School of Medicine seeks analytically minded students who are dedicated to creating meaningful change and making communities healthier.

Our online Master of Public Health (MPH) program with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics is designed for professionals or recent graduates interested in leveraging data and statistical analysis to improve health equity in their communities.

Application Deadlines

Our online MPH program offers three start dates per year—in January, May, and September. Our admissions process is rolling, which means that we review applications and send decision notifications in the order that we receive complete applications.

For every cohort, we offer priority application deadlines to help you plan ahead and balance your graduate education with your personal and professional commitments.

Application Deadlines
Classes Start Early Priority Deadline Priority Application Deadline Final Application Deadline
January 2021 Closed Closed November 18, 2020
May 2021 January 27, 2021 February 24, 2021 March 24, 2021

If you submit your application by the priority deadline, you will be eligible to receive an application fee waiver.

Application Requirements

We encourage individuals from diverse cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds to apply. To be considered for admission, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

No GRE test scores are required. However, we will review GRE scores if you choose to provide them. We encourage you to consider taking the GRE as a way to demonstrate your quantitative abilities if your undergraduate degree program did not include quantitative course work (e.g., statistics, data analysis, algebra) or if you do not have an employment background in an industry requiring quantitative skills.

To be considered for admission, you will need to submit:

  • The online application. Begin your application now.
  • Official transcripts. We require all undergraduate, graduate, and professional colleges and universities you previously attended to submit transcripts directly to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing, regardless of whether you earned a degree. Transcripts can be submitted electronically to appsvcs@onlinepublichealth.tufts.edu or sent by mail to:

    Tufts University
    Application Processing Center
    Tufts Public Health Online
    PO Box 30096 019-002
    College Station, TX 77842
  • Your resume or CV. Be sure to include your academic, professional, and volunteer experience as well as any elements of your background that relate to the public health field.
  • Statement of purpose. Your statement should highlight why you are interested in graduate education in public health and Tufts’ online program in particular. It should also address your career objectives and how this program will help you achieve those goals.
  • Letters of recommendation. Three letters are required, at least one of which we recommend coming from an academic reference. You should request your letters from individuals who are most familiar with your academic and professional history and career goals.
  • Application fee. The nonrefundable application fee is $70. If you submit your application before the priority deadline, you are eligible for a fee waiver. Additional candidates for the application fee waiver include members of the military, Tufts alumni, McNair Scholar recipients, AmeriCorps volunteers, active-service Peace Corps volunteers, and City Year AmeriCorps members.

If you have questions about application requirements or the admissions process, contact an admissions counselor at Phone Number: 855-594-8212 or via e-mail at admissions@onlinepublichealth.tufts.edu.

Requirements for International Applicants

The School of Medicine requires all applicants who have studied outside of the United States to have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree and to have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service.

All study completed outside of the U.S. requires a foreign transcript evaluation, including undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and course work that did not result in a degree earned. Note: Study abroad work that was completed as part of an undergraduate program in the U.S. does not require credential evaluation.

Please be aware that the online MPH program does not qualify you for a student visa to study in the United States, since most work is completed virtually. You will be required to visit the Tufts University campus in Boston, Massachusetts, for a three-day immersion event.

Transcript Evaluation Services

Tufts University School of Medicine requires a course-by-course evaluation of original transcripts. There are several organizations that offer this service:

You can find a full list of approved transcript evaluation bodies on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services website.

Please allow extra time in the application process to request these evaluations.

English Proficiency Policy

If your native language is not English, you are required to provide proof of English proficiency as part of your application. You may demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 100 or higher on the Internet-based exam. The Tufts institution code is C428.
  • Submit official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores of 7.0 or higher.
  • Provide evidence of enrollment for two or more years (four or more semesters) in a degree-granting college or university located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • Provide evidence of full-time, paid employment for two or more years at an organization located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

The following are not accepted as proof of English proficiency:

  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores, or any other test of English, except the TOEFL or the IELTS exam
  • TOEFL scores under 100 on the Internet-based exam or IELTS scores below a 7.0
  • Evidence of enrollment at an institution of higher education that lists English as the primary language of instruction, unless that school is in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand

Detailed instructions for submitting evidence of English proficiency is provided in the application instructions.

Take the Next Step

If you’re ready to learn more about our online Master of Public Health program, fill out the form, and an admissions counselor will reach out to you with next steps.