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.
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
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.