Joint MS with New England School of Acupuncture

The New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) and PHPD control their own admission process and standards. Any student accepted to NESA is eligible to apply for admittance into PHPD’s MS/PREP program.

The application window begins upon a student’s formal acceptance to NESA and ends on April 1 of his or her first NESA year. NESA students may still apply after this deadline, but in that case, completing both programs in three years is not possible.

Students who exclusively take evening courses at NESA may find it impractical to enroll in the joint program since all Master’s in Pain courses are taught in the evening. Students are encouraged to work with both institutions to create an individual course schedule.

Graduates will receive two separate Master’s degrees, one from Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) and one from NESA. Both NESA and TUSM are independent institutions. Tufts University School of Medicine does not appear on the New England School of Acupuncture diploma nor does the New England School of Acupuncture appear on the Tufts University School of Medicine diploma.

Deposit: $200 (if accepted)

Application Deadlines (Please read below for greater detail.):

  • Fall: January 15th – priority deadline
  • Fall: January 16th through April 15th – rolling admissions
  • Fall: after April 15th – seats offered on a space available basis
  • Spring: October 25th – some flexibility


Online Application

online application link


Application Fee
Applicants must submit a nonrefundable fee of $70. Checks, money orders and credit cards (online applicants only) are acceptable methods of payment. All payments must be made in US currency; checks should be payable to Trustees of Tufts University. Applications received without a fee will not be processed.

Personal Statement
In two or three typed pages, the personal statement should explain how obtaining a graduate degree from the Public Health & Professional Degree Programs at Tufts will further the applicant’s career goals.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required.  One of the letters may be from your original NESA application; the other 2 must be new recommendations specifically for MS/PREP.

Applicants have a choice of submitting recommendation letters electronically or by mail. If you opt not to submit electronically, please use the Letter of Recommendation forms in the Supplemental Forms section. Letters should be primarily academic in nature, and should mention the relationship of the applicant to the recommender so that their observations can be put into the proper context.

Letters of recommendation may be given to you in a sealed envelope with the author’s signature appearing across the seal, and then forwarded by you to our address. Or, the individual providing the letter of recommendation may mail the letter directly to our address.

Please note that if you register your recommenders as online recommenders, the system will hold your application until all electronic letters have been submitted. The Admissions office will not be able to process your application until the online system receives all the online recommendations.

Test Scores

NESA applicants with a domestic MD or RN degree are not required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results. Other applicants may request a waiver of the GRE requirement only after submitting most of the required application credentials.  Such a waiver is granted only to those applicants whose educational and/or professional accomplishments clearly testify to their mathematical and writing skills. Each waiver request will be evaluated on an individual basis. Requests should be emailed to

GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Tufts University School of Medicine using institution code 3889 and department code 0616

Both MCAT, GMAT and USMLE (Parts 1 AND 2) scores are accepted in lieu of the GRE. We do not have a MCAT reporting code–MCAT score reports containing a verification code may be printed from the MCAT Thx system and mailed to our address. Our code for reporting GMAT scores is: 7JB-VJ-01.


Scanned copies of ALL undergraduate and graduate study transcripts (e.g., EMT courses, study abroad, summer courses, post-bacc.) are required and should be appended to your online application in “Step 3: Documents/Essays.”  Please note that we can also accept the official copies sent from your academic institution.  However, the processing and review of your application may take place in a timelier manner if scanned copies are appended.  

Please see below for more detailed instructions on how to append scanned transcripts:

  1. Make a low resolution black and white photo copy of your transcripts (this will reduce the file size) for each college/university attended and scan each photocopy.
  2. Upload all pages of your transcript(s) but only one example of the back page to provide us with your university’s transcript key.
  3. Check file size and do not exceed 2MB.
  4. PDF files preferred but additional formats are accepted (e.g., .doc, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .bmp).
  5. Scanned documents must be clearly legible and printed on standard US 8.5” x 11” paper.
  6. When scanning your transcripts, please be sure to use the proper orientation to ensure the whole transcript is received. If a landscape transcript is scanned in portrait orientation, a large portion of the page will be cut-off.
  7. If you have more than one transcript or a multiple page transcript, please click “next” to upload another document.
  8. International students must also submit an evaluation of coursework done by an organization such as WES or CED. 
  9. If you matriculate in PHPD, you will be required to furnish an official, final transcript with date of degree conferral (if applicable) from any/all institutions you attended.
  10. Official transcripts may also be received electronically from your college/university via the email account or by mail (see below). 

Again, if you matriculate, official transcripts are required from ALL undergraduate and graduate institutions attended (degree and non-degree, including college level coursework taken during high school) for ANY amount of coursework taken.  This includes, for example, EMT courses, study abroad, and summer courses. NO COPIES or faxes will be accepted.  Official final transcripts may be mailed by the institution directly to:

Tufts University School of Medicine
Public Health & Professional Degree Programs
Attn: Director of Admissions, Emily C. Keily
136 Harrison Avenue Suite 142
Boston, MA 02111

OR sent by the applicant, provided all transcripts are sealed with an official signature across the flap. 

Confirmation of Application&Admission Notification

Applicants will receive an email confirmation from upon completion of the online application form. This email reflects the submission of the online application ONLY and does not imply that the applicant’s supporting credentials have been received.

Applications are typically downloaded from the Embark system and processed by us on Fridays. When your application is processed by Tufts, you will also receive an email from sender “GradProf” with the subject line “Tufts Username and Password”. This email will contain a log-in and password for the Tufts Application Management Website. (Please note that if your recommendations are being submitted electronically, your application will not be submitted to us until all electronic recommendations have been received.) This website will allow you to view which credentials have been received, and also to view your admissions decision when it is available.

When there is a high volume of applications, it may take up to 14 days from submission for your credentials to reflect as received in the Application Management System. Please do not contact the Admissions Office about missing credentials until at least 14 days have passed. You may access the Application Management website here:

Applications are reviewed as they are received; therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit all required materials as early as possible. Typically, a student can expect an admissions decision 3-6 weeks after the application is completed. Your admissions decision will be available online in the Application Management system and will also be mailed to your address on file.

All the supporting application credentials noted above should be sent to:

Tufts University School of Medicine
Public Health & Professional Degree Programs
Attn: Director of Admissions, Emily C. Keily
136 Harrison Avenue Suite 142

Boston, MA 02111

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