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Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) offers 22 doctoral programs and 30 Master’s degree programs in a wide variety of disciplines. The GSAS also offers combined degree and joint-degree programs as well as practice-oriented certificate programs that allow you to rapidly retrain or refocus your career.

The graduate school is located on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus, just five miles outside of Boston, a vibrant city known for its historic sites and cultural resources. Through courses offered at Boston’s many colleges and universities – and the use of their libraries and centers – graduate students become deeply integrated into the academic fiber of this intellectual town.

Vision Statement

A progressive graduate school firmly rooted in the traditional hallmarks of academic distinction, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences brings to bear the resources of Tufts University—a premier research institution with a rigorous intellectual culture. The school offers students and faculty alike intimate educational experiences and opportunities to explore multidisciplinary approaches. Faculty advisers mentor self-directed students who, in turn, have the opportunity to teach some of the best undergraduates in the country. Here, our students follow their own passions to wherever they may lead.


Founded in 1852, Tufts University enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. Recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University based on the breadth of basic and clinical research conducted, Tufts has extensive and highly regarded liberal arts, sciences and engineering programs that draw outstanding students from around the world with the highest academic achievement and standing.

1876-First master's degree awarded, to a student working with the departments of Chemistry and Physics.

1892-Tufts faculty vote to offer doctoral degrees.

1895-First Ph.D. awarded, in biology.

1897-A Master of Sciences program added to the graduate curriculum.

1900-By the turn of the century, nine Tufts departments offer graduate instruction at the master's or doctoral level.

1909-The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is established.

1925-1926-Graduate teaching fellowships (especially in economics, but also in history and English) are established.

1933-1934-The degree of Master of Education authorized.

1989-With the granting of fifty Ph.D. degrees in May (some of which come from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), Tufts becomes eligible for Research Category I, the highest classification of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education.

1995-Tufts included among the top 25 research universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report.