Certificates of Advanced Study in Pain Topics

Application Deadlines:
  • Spring: October 25th – some flexibility
  • Spring: December 15th – final deadline
  • Fall: April 15th – rolling admissions

Application Requirements:

  • Slate Application
  • Application fee ($70)
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Test Scores
  • Transcripts
Expand categories below for detailed instructions.

Tuition: Per credit cost for the five credit certificate.

Deposit: $200 (if admitted)

Slate Application and Fee
  • Slate Application
  • Application Fee: $70 (paid directly through the online application)
Personal Statement

Your personal statement is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a narrative describing your past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. Your statement should describe your:

  • reasons for interest in pain research, education, and policy,
  • reasons for interest in the Public Health and Professional Degree programs at Tufts University, and
  • career goals
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required.
  • Recommendation letters may be submitted online (within the application) or by mail.
  • 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.
  • Electronically submitted recommendations do not need to be followed up with paper recommendations.
  • If mailed, letters of recommendation should be in a sealed envelope with the author’s signature across the seal and forwarded by you or the recommender to our address below.

For a MCPHS/New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) student:

One of the letters may be from your original MCPHS/NESA application; the other 2 must be new recommendations specifically for the Certificate in Advanced Study in Pain Topics.

Official Test Scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required of all applicants. MCAT, GMAT, and USMLE (Parts 1 AND 2) scores will be accepted in lieu of the GRE for applicants in the Pain Research, Education and Policy programs. Non-native English speakers are required to take the TOEFL.

Applicants with an MD, DO, or RN degree earned at a university in the United States are not required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results. Other applicants may request a waiver of the GRE requirement



How to submit


Official GRE scores must be sent directly to the PHPD Admissions Office. Please note, there are multiple GRE ETS Codes for Tufts University School of Medicine, be sure to use the correct code. We cannot retrieve scores sent to the incorrect school.

Submit electronically to Tufts School of Medicine using CEEB code 3889.

Do not use codes 0438, 6997, or 3891, which are codes for other Tufts programs.


Log in to AAMC and follow instructions to create and print your own official score report. You will be provided with instructions for submitting the .pdf of your MCAT score report, verification code, and AAMC ID in the application.


Log in to mba.com and follow the instructions to have your scores sent to us. Submit your scores to "Tufts University - School of Medicine - Public Health & Professional Degree Programs."


TOEFL is required for non-native English speakers. Applicants must possess a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the internet-based exam.

TOEFL Exam Policy »
Submit electronically to Tufts School of Medicine using CEEB code 3889.


  • Copies of ALL undergraduate and graduate transcripts (e.g., EMT courses, study abroad, summer courses, post-bacc) are required for review.
  • We accept both unofficial and official transcripts. Generally, your application will be processed sooner if you upload unofficial transcripts; this is also our preference. However, please note that if you decide to matriculate, you will be required to provide a final official transcript, with a date of undergraduate degree conferral, from the institution which awarded you your bachelor's degree.

If you’re uploading an unofficial transcript to your application:

  • Copy/scan/screenshot your transcripts for each college/university attended.
  • Upload all pages of your transcript(s) and one example of the back page to provide us with your university’s transcript key. This can be found on the back of your official transcript or on your registrar’s website.
  • PDF files are preferred but additional formats are accepted (e.g., .doc, .jpg,.tiff).
  • Scanned documents must be clearly legible and on standard US 8.5” x 11” paper. Be sure no text is cut off when scanned
  • If you’re sending an official transcript to us:

If you are sending official transcripts from your college or university:

  • Don’t upload anything in the transcripts section if you’re sending an official transcript. The system will inaccurately count this as your transcript, and review of your application will be delayed.
  • Official transcripts may be mailed via the US Mail to our address at the bottom of this page, or electronically to med-phpd@tufts.edu.
  • Transcripts are only considered official if they are sent directly from the registrar's office of your institution to our office in a sealed envelope. If you scan your official transcript to your application it becomes unofficial.

Please note the following:

  • If you received two degrees from the same institution that are on the same transcript, you will need to add the institution twice, one for each degree. Upload the transcript with one degree and for the other, upload a blank document. If you leave either transcript section empty, your application will be left as incomplete.
  • If you have any courses that are in progress or being completed in a future term, please provide documentation of this (e.g., a transcript that shows courses in progress).
  • International students must also submit an OFFICIAL (not unofficial) evaluation of coursework done by an organization (e.g., WES or CED). It must be sent directly from the evaluation agency. 

All 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

or emailed to med-phpd@tufts.edu.

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