MS in Biomedical Sciences (MBS)

The Tufts MBS program was designed to help pre-medical and pre-dental candidates improve their credentials for applying to medical and dental school programs. Students apply and are admitted to the MBS program on a rolling basis beginning in mid-January of each year. If you are planning to take the MCAT in May or June, it is recommended that you submit your MBS application before your planned test date.

Admission Requirements

All pre-medical requirements must be completed before matriculating in the program. Students will be admitted to the program on a rolling basis, based on undergraduate performance, MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, and personal statements. Interviews are not required and not available. While MCATs are strongly preferred, GRE or DAT scores may be substituted.

Deposit: $500 (if accepted)

Laptop Requirement: Starting August 2013, Tufts University School of Medicine will convert to computer-based testing for many of its courses.  Exams will be conducted using ExamSoft.  Therefore, each student will be required to have a laptop.  Please see below for specifications.

Application Deadline: July 15th

*Please note, the application comes offline and is unavailable from August 1st to August 15th for annual maintenance. Any application in progress during the shutdown-time will be deleted, so be sure to submit before that date. Recommendations, transcripts, and test scores will still be received and processed.

Application Requirements:

A complete application includes all of the following:

Online Application
Online Application Link

If you started an application through the Embark application system and did not submit your application prior to Sunday, June 8th, you will need to create a new application in the Slate application system.  We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

All supplemental documents (unofficial transcripts, personal statement, resume, letters of recommendation) may be sent to us as attachments at or through the mail.  Official test scores should be submitted the same way.

Application Fee
The application fee will be waived for applications submitted to the Slate Online Application for the Fall of 2014 semester.

Personal Statement
In a maximum of two pages, double spaced the personal statement should explain how obtaining an MS in Biomedical Sciences degree at Tufts University School of Medicine will further the applicant’s career goals.

Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required from people who can appraise the applicant’s potential to succeed in the MBS program. Recommenders must be noted in the online application, and all letters should state the relationship of the recommender to the applicant. 

If an applicant has been in school within the last five years, at least one letter of recommendation must come from a faculty member well acquainted with the applicant’s academic work. Applicants may submit recommendation letters online or by mail.  If you choose to submit online, the Admissions Office will not be able to process your application until the online system receives all the online recommendations. Recommendations submitted by mail must be unopened with the author’s signature across the seal.

Applicants may submit a pre-medical committee letter (specifically, the letters from which the composite was made, NOT a letter formed from excerpts) from their Career Services or Advising Office or letters compiled by a service such as Interfolio. Please indicate that a committee letter is being sent by entering three recommenders with "Committee 1," "Committee 2," and "Committee 3" for all required recommender fields in the Recommender section of the application. Committee letters cannot be submitted online.  Therefore, you should indicate that they are "to be mailed by the recommender."

Test Scores

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores are preferred by the Admissions Committee. A MCAT score report that contains a verification code should be printed from the MCAT Testing History System (THx), which can be accessed online at MCAT Testing History System . The applicant must then mail the printed report with verification code to the credentials address above. The MCAT report will be verified by the MBS Admissions Committee. (Do not send MCAT scores electronically to the Tufts School of Medicine, as they will be delivered to the MD program Admissions Office.) Applicants may also email the verification code to Please note that we cannot verify your scores without both AAMC ID and verification code.

We do not have an MCAT reporting code. Applicants may email the verification code and AMCAS ID to

Applicants may substitute GREs if they have not taken the MCAT. GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Tufts University School of Medicine using institution code 3889 and the department code is public health/0616.

Official DAT scores may also be submitted. Because we are not a dental school, we are not listed on as on option to send scores electronically. Therefore, you must enter “Tufts University PHPD Programs” in the alternate school text box and use the address information found below. Official scores will be mailed to the PHPD Admissions Office based on that information (If an applicant sends scores electronically to the Tufts Dental School, the scores will not be accessible to the PHPD Admissions Office.)


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.  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.  

Students will not be allowed to matriculate into the program unless all pre-medical requirements have been completed. Additionally, when submitting the application/transcripts, students must be able to indicate if they are enrolled or registered in a pre-medical required course no later than the final semester prior to their intended enrollment at Tufts.

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. 

Request your transcript(s) SEVERAL weeks prior to the July 15th deadline as often times they take awhile to get through mail rooms of the sending and receiving schools. Transcripts (and other credentials) postmarked after July 15th will not be accepted. 

Application Deadline

The application deadline (this includes the receipt of all supporting credentials) is July 15th for fall matriculation of the same calendar year. Prospective students are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible, as admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

The individual applicant is responsible for knowing the status of his or her file and may use the user name and password (given at the time we upload a student’s application) to check this on Tufts Graduate Application Management Site. PLEASE NOTE: it takes several days for credentials to be matched up with an application so, for late applicants, applying no more than a week or more before the July 15th deadline is recommended so that the online site reflects the most accurate information.

The MBS Admissions Committee convenes in mid January and makes decisions on a rolling basis thereafter. Typically students will receive an admissions decision approximately four to eight weeks from the date that the application is complete. Admissions decisions will be sent in the US mail and will also be visible on the Tufts Graduate Application Management System.

Confirmation of Application

Applicants will receive an email confirmation from upon submission of the online application form. This email reflects the submission of the online application only and does not imply that the applicant’s entire packet is complete.

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. This system will enable the applicant to track which supporting documents have been received, and to view the admissions decision once it is made. The Application Management System can be accessed here:

Laptop Requirement

Exams at Tufts University School of Medicine will be conducted using ExamSoft.  Therefore, each student will be required to have a laptop.  Please note that ExamSoft cannot be used on virtual operating systems such as Microsoft's Virtual Machine, Parallels, VMware, VMware Fusion or any other virtual environments, unless approved by the institution.

PC Requirements:

  • CPU = 2GHz Intel® Core™/Celeron™ or equivalent x86 processor
  • RAM = highest recommended for the operating system or 2GB
  • Hard Drive = highest recommended for the operating system or 1 GB of free space.
  • Operating System = English editions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
  • Software = Internet connection for SofTest Installation, Exam Download and Upload
  • Screen Resolution must be 1024x768 or higher
  • Administrator level account permissions

Mac Requirements:

  • CPU = Intel processor
  • RAM = 2 GB
  • Hard Drive = 1 GB or higher free disk space
  • Operating System = Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
  • Software = Internet connection for SofTest Installation, Exam Download and Upload
  • Administrator level account permissions (Instructions)

iPad Requirements (currently undergoing testing and may not be available by August):

  • Hardware = iPad 2, 3, 4 and iPad Mini
  • Operating System = iOS 6
  • SofTest iPad will NOT operate on ‘jailbroken’ devices
  • iPads must have 50% charge to commence an exam

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