MS in Biomedical Sciences (MBS)

The Tufts MBS program was designed to help pre-medical and pre-dental candidates improve their credentials for their application 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.

Interviews are not required and not available.

We cannot access materials submitted to Tufts MD through AMCAS, or Tufts Dental through ADSAS.

Application Deadline:

  • Rolling. Our final deadline for a complete application is July 15. Since we are rolling, there are times that the class may fill before July 15. Therefore, we encourage you to complete your application to the program as soon as you are able.

Application Requirements:

  • Slate Application
  • Application fee ($70)
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Test Scores (required: MCAT or GRE or DAT)
  • Transcripts

Laptop Requirement:

Tufts University School of Medicine uses computer-based testing for many of its courses. Exams are conducted using ExamSoft. Therefore, each student is required to have a laptop. Please see below for specifications.

Academic Requirements:

Please note that given the recent change in medical schools shifting from the “traditional pre-medical pre-requisites,” you should check with individual medical schools on their specific requirements. The MBS program has aligned its pre-requisites with those of Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM).  Please visit this link for more information on TUSM’s pre-requisites.

Students will not be allowed to matriculate into the MBS program unless all pre-medical requirements have been completed with a C- or better. An official, final transcript with date of degree conferral must be received prior to matriculation to document completion. 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.

Deposit:

$500 (if admitted). Applicants are given three weeks from the time of admission to accept their seat.  Along with filling out the reply form, a deposit MUST be paid by your reply date in order for your seat to be secured. Extensions are not available.

Expand categories below for detailed instructions.

Slate Application and Fee
  • Slate Application
  • Application Fee: $70 (paid directly through the online application)
Personal Statement
In two typed pages (double-spaced), please help the Admissions Committee understand the experiences, inspirations, and challenges that have shaped you as a person and how obtaining the MS in Biomedical Sciences at Tufts will further your career goals.
Letters of Recommendation

 You have three options for fulfilling the recommendation requirement to the MBS application:

  1. Submit three separate letters of recommendation.
  2. Request that your pre-health advising office submit a committee letter or a packet of letters on your behalf. (Committee Letters must be the full letters from which the composite was made, NOT a letter formed from excerpts.)
  3. Submit three letters through Interfolio.

Further instructions for submitting your letters of recommendation are included in the online application. Please also note:

  • Three letters of recommendation are required.
  • 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. 
  • Recommendation letters may be submitted online or by mail.
    • 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 at the bottom of this page.
  • Letters do not have to be written specifically for the MS in Biomedical Sciences program. They may be written for Medical School applications.
Official Test Scores

A test score is required to apply to the MBS program. The score must be received by our office no later than July 15. Please plan to take your exam and have the scores sent to us with enough time to make our deadline. Extensions are not provided. 

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores are preferred by the Admissions Committee. Further instructions for providing your MCAT score are available in the application. Do not send MCAT scores electronically to the Tufts School of Medicine, as they will be delivered to the MD program Admissions Office.

Test

Instructions

How to submit

MCAT

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.

GRE

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 directly to Tufts School of Medicine using CEEB code 3889.

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

DAT

We are not listed on www.ada.org to send scores electronically because we are not a dental school. If an applicant sends scores electronically to the Tufts Dental School, the scores will not be accessible to the PHPD Admissions Office.

On www.ada.org, 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.

TOEFL 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 directly to Tufts School of Medicine using CEEB code 3889.
Transcripts
  • 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 are applying to a Tufts dual degree program (e.g., MS/MPH, UEP/MPH), we are unable to share credentials with the other Tufts schools. You will need to request your transcripts are sent to each Admissions Office.
  • 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. 

Pre-Medical Requirements

Students will not be allowed to matriculate into the program unless all pre-medical requirements have been completed. You will be required to provide details about which courses you have taken to fulfill these requirements in the application. 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.

Laptop Requirement

Tufts University School of Medicine uses computer-based testing for many of its courses. Exams are conducted using ExamSoft.  Therefore, each student is 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
Application Deadline

The deadline for a complete application is July 15th. Prospective students are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible, as admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis until July 15th.

You are responsible for monitoring the status of your application and ensuring that all required materials are received by our office no later than July 15. Our office will send you an email when your application is complete; until you receive this email, you should assume your application is not complete. Applications which are missing required materials after July 15 will be marked as incomplete and will not be reviewed for this admission cycle.

After you have submitted your application, you will be able to login to our application management portal to view your checklist of required items and monitor your application. (You will use the same credentials you established when you created your application.)

Note that it can take several days for credentials to be matched up with an application. We strongly encourage you to begin your application as soon as possible, and submit it as soon as possible. You do not need to wait for outside credentials (recommendations, test scores, etc.) to be received prior to submitting your application.

Submitting your application as soon as you can will give you access to the portal and gives us the ability to communicate with you about missing items more efficiently.

Application Review Process

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. You will be emailed when your admissions decision is available, and it will be released through our application management portal. Note that we do not mail any physical admissions decisions.

For International Applicants to the MBS Program:

International applicants are eligible to apply to Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), but should be advised that we admit very few and give strong preference to US citizens and permanent residents. We also give strong preference to applicants who have (or will have by the time of matriculation) completed their undergraduate work at a US college or university. The international students admitted to TUSM are usually students who have earned Bachelor's degrees in the United States.

“International applicants” are citizens of any foreign country (including Canada) who do not hold a United States permanent resident visa (green card). Permanent resident visa status is equivalent to US citizenship for the purposes of our admission process and US federal student loan programs.

Please note the following:

  1. Given the current US shortage of physicians and the uneven advanced training opportunities for non-citizen/non-green card holders, TUSM and the applicant must have a compelling reason for the applicant to study here. This might include a student’s interest in a program offered here that may not be offered elsewhere.
  2. Accepted international students must be prepared to absorb the high cost of US medical education, and have a full understanding that international students are not qualified for traditional US educational funding including loans and scholarships. Accepted international students may be asked to deposit the equivalent of 4 years tuition in escrow prior to matriculation.
  3. Accepted international students should have a full understanding that they may have limited options in terms of post-graduate training, both geographically and in within specialties. Because of this, students who are not likely to be able to compete for a full range of career training opportunities and programs beyond medical school will only be considered for admission under unique or compelling circumstances.

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
Boston, MA 02111

or emailed to med-phpd@tufts.edu.

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