Early Assurance and Combined Degree Programs

Sophomore students who are interested in the medical, dental, veterinary and public health and health communications fields have the unique opportunity to enroll in one of Tufts' degree programs through special programs allowing either early acceptance or shortened courses of study. If you are interested in pursuing any one of these professional degrees, please continue reading. 

Bachelor’s/MD Early-Assurance Program

Tufts University School of Medicine offers an Early-Assurance Program for eligible sophomore undergraduates at Tufts University who are interested in the traditional MD Program. Selected candidates are offered the assurance of medical school admission without an MCAT score and prior to the regular admissions process. Hence, program participants reinvest the time typically spent on preparing for the MCAT and participating in the regular admissions process to explore other areas of interest during their academic careers, thus broadening their college experience.  To learn more about the program please visit the TUSM website.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants must be in their sophomore year and must meet the following academic criteria in order to be considered for the Early-Assurance Program:

  • Cumulative Science GPA > 3.5
  • Cumulative Total GPA > 3.5

Most competitive applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • All courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics [including labs] > B+
  • All other courses > B

Eligible applicants will have completed at least two semesters of biology, two semesters of general chemistry, and one semester of organic chemistry by the end of their sophomore year.  Three of these courses must be completed with a final grade by the end of the fall semester of sophomore year in order to be eligible to apply and all five courses must be completed with a final grade no later than the end of the summer semester following their sophomore year in order to be eligible for an offer of admission to the program.  AP credit does not count toward these minimum course requirements (so upper level coursework is expected when this applies). All coursework must be completed at your home institution.

The deadline to REQUEST an application for the Early Assurance Program is January 8.   

The deadline to APPLY to the Early Assurance Program application is February 1.  By February 1, The Tufts University School of Medicine Office of Admissions must have received your:

  • Early-Assurance Program Application
  • Early-Assurance Program Application Fee ($125): This fee is collected/due at the time you submit your Early Assurance Program Application (nonrefundable)
  • Letters of Recommendation (minimum of 3)

You may request an Early Assurance Program application by completing this form no later than January 8, 2019. The Early Assurance Program Application along with instructions will be emailed to you within 2 days of your request.


Bachelor’s/DMD Early-Assurance Program

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine offers Tufts undergraduates an opportunity to apply for provisional admission in the spring of their sophomore year. A limited number of students are admitted, and are guaranteed a space in the dental school once they graduate, provided they maintain required GPA, earn required DAT scores, complete all requirements that accepted students must complete, and interview during the fall of their senior year.

An information session will be held during the spring semester.  Please check Health-E News weekly for the date and time.

Application Process

  • Tufts sophomores apply to the dental school no later than April 10th.  The application will be posted on the TUSDM website and can also be accessed from the Pre-Health website in the spring.
  • As part of the application, students will need two faculty letters of recommendation and one must be from a basic science faculty member.
  • The Dental School will invite competitive applicants to interview in April or early May.
  • Decision letters will be mailed sometime in summer once spring grades are received.
  • The student is required to submit an official transcript to the Office of Admissions at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine at the conclusion of each semester.  They will be notified in writing of their status after the transcript has been received. 
  • The student must submit DAT scores no later than November 1 of the year they are applying to the Dental School.
  • Students must complete an AADSAS application during the summer prior to their senior year.  The application must be complete by September 1 of the senior year. 
  • Students must attend a formal final interview at TUSDM during the fall of senior year.  Please note that an interview will not be scheduled until TUSDM has received official DAT scores that meet the minimum requirements.

Program Requirements

  • Competitive applicants are expected to completed two semesters of biology and two semesters of chemistry by the end of sophomore year.
  • Admitted students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 and a minimum cumulative science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry) GPA of 3.3.  If the student fails to meet the minimum GPA requirements, the Admissions Committee may elect to withdraw him/her from the Early Assurance Program.
  • It is strongly suggested that all pre-requisite courses be completed at Tufts.  Special approval must be given for pre-requisite courses completed at another institution.  Remaining courses include one semester of organic chemistry with laboratory, two semesters of physics with laboratory, biochemistry and two biology elective numbered above 13 and 14.
  • Admitted students will be expected to receive minimum scores on the Academic Average, Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Total Science sections of the DAT exam.  The scores will be set by TUSDM.
  • Students who receive final acceptance to TUSDM must meet all the same requirements of Admitted students for their class year which includes a Criminal Background Check and completed Dean’s Certification of Disciplinary History Form.

Bachelor’s Degree/DVM Early-Assurance Program

Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine offers Tufts undergraduates an opportunity to apply for admission in the spring of their sophomore year. A limited number of students are admitted and are guaranteed a space in the veterinary school class once they graduate. 

Participants in this program are offered the assurance of veterinary school admission without the substantial investments of time and energy that other pre-veterinary students typically make in the process of preparing, researching, applying to numerous veterinary schools, and preparing for optimal scores on the GRE.  Program participants can broaden their undergraduate experience by selecting any undergraduate major, exploring other areas of interest during their junior and senior years, and choosing to study abroad.

To be eligible to apply, candidates for this program must be sophomores at Tufts and must have demonstrated academic proficiency in their freshman and sophomore coursework, particularly in the pre-veterinary science courses.

An information session will be held during the spring semester.  Please check Health-E News weekly for the date and time.

Application Process

  • Tufts sophomores apply to the veterinary school no later than March 1st.  The application is available online.  As part of the application process, students must submit three letters of evaluation, including one from a science faculty member.
  • The veterinary school invites a small number of applicants for interviews.
  • Decision letters will be available online by late April.
  • Competitive applicants will have completed at least two science sequences (most typically the year of introductory chemistry and the year of introductory biology) by the end of the spring semester of their sophomore year.
  • Students will be expected to complete prerequisite courses at Tufts University or at other universities by special permission of the veterinary school’s admissions office.
  • AP credit may be allowed to fulfill prerequisite courses, but students are required to take additional science courses at Tufts so the Admissions Committee can evaluate performance in college coursework.
  • The GRE is not required for applicants to this early assurance program; applicants are required to submit SAT or ACT scores.  These scores can either be taken from the applicant’s high school transcripts or the applicant can obtain them directly from the College Board.

Program Requirements

  • In order to remain in the program and be assured admission to the veterinary school, admitted applicants are required to maintain a 3.4 minimum cumulative grade point average in their undergraduate program, calculated at the end of each academic year.
  • Admitted applicants must complete the remaining prerequisite courses (listed on the veterinary school website), earn their bachelor’s degree, and remain in good standing throughout their undergraduate career.
  • The offer of admission is not binding; students can defer their admission to the veterinary school for one year, or they can choose to apply to other veterinary schools.
  • Admitted applicants must reconfirm their desire to enroll at the veterinary school no later than May 1 of their senior year.

Bachelor’s/MPH Combined-Degree Program

The graduate program in Public Health at the Tufts University School of Medicine offers Tufts undergraduates an opportunity to apply for admission in the spring of their sophomore year up to July 15th, before their senior year. A small number of students each year are granted admission to this program. 

Participants in this program take four of their required Master’s in Public Health courses while still undergraduates (two of these courses count towards both the bachelor's and master’s degrees), thus leaving them with only nine courses to complete upon matriculation into the master’s program.  Participants are not required to take the GRE when applying.  Program participants can select any undergraduate major.

To be eligible to apply, candidates for this program must be at least sophomores at Tufts; they must have demonstrated academic proficiency in their freshman and sophomore coursework.  The most current info on the program is on the web.

Interested students should contact Professor Fernando Ona for further information and visit our website.

Application Process

Application Deadlines
  • The earliest that you can apply is the second semester of your sophomore year.
  • The latest that you can apply is July 15 before your senior year.
  • The application is available online.
  • As part of the application process, students will need three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a faculty member.
  • Decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Program Requirements

  • Community Health 1 or 2 is recommended.
  • Admitted students must complete a graduate level Principles of Epidemiology course in the junior and/or senior years along with three other MPH graduate level courses picked in consultation with a B/MPH advisor.
  • It is strongly encouraged that students complete at least one semester of biology as an undergraduate, as completion of the MPH degree requires that students demonstrate a basic competency in public health biology. 
  • Students who have not taken biology may fulfill this requirement through successful completion of a free, non-credit, on-line course and examination offered through Carnegie-Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative. Ideally, this course should be taken in the summer prior to matriculation and no later than the end of the first year of the program. 
  • Admitted students must complete their bachelor’s degree and remain in good standing throughout their undergraduate career.
  • It is recommended that admitted students complete a 120-hour field placement in a health or human services field prior to matriculating into the MPH program.
  • Admitted students normally must complete Principles of Epidemiology in the junior and/or senior years along with three other graduate level courses.
  • Students who wish to apply to other public health schools do not forfeit their spot in the Combined Degree Program.

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