Founded in 1852, Tufts University is recognized among the premier universities
in the United States. Tufts 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.
Below are key points in the history of the Tufts University and the Graduate School
of Arts and Sciences.
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.
1934-1935-Of the 55 graduate students enrolled, half are schoolteachers working
in the Department of Education.
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.