Specialized Academic Programs

Tufts offers undergraduates several specialized academic programs that provide focused mentoring and a supportive community shaped around students’ academic interests.

Bridge Programs, Undergraduate Education

Tufts is proud to sponsor two bridge programs to help undergraduate students make a successful transition from high school to Tufts. There is one bridge program for each school: Bridge to Engineering Success at Tufts (BEST) for students admitted to the School of Engineering, and Bridge to Liberal Arts Success at Tufts (BLAST) for students admitted to the School of Arts and Sciences. Both bridge programs require a six-week academic semester over the summer prior to matriculation, and feature dedicated advising staff and ongoing advising support, social events, and scholarly development over the course of your career at Tufts. Admission to the bridge programs is by invitation only.

The R.E.A.L. Program: Resumed Education for Adult Learning

For over 45 years, Tufts’ R.E.A.L. Program has provided a path to attain a college degree from a selective university for veterans, students from community colleges, people over the age of 24, and parents who interrupted their education to raise families. R.E.A.L. students are “real students,” enrolled in the regular undergraduate program, but Tufts provides resources to help meet the unique needs of adults returning to or beginning their college education. 

Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program

Tufts’ Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program is a well-respected, well-established program for college graduates who want to prepare for entrance into a health care profession but have not yet taken the majority of required science courses. This is a concentrated program of study with rigorous courses taught by renowned Tufts faculty, supplemented with personalized advising and support that gives you the needed advantage when applying to competitive medical schools and other graduate programs for the health professions.

Combined Degree Programs: Music or the Fine Arts Combined with Liberal Arts BA/BS

For students who wish to pursue their artistic and academic interests to the fullest extent, Tufts offers two programs resulting in a BA or BS degree combined with a Bachelor of Music degree or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music Five-Year Degree Program
Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts BA/BFA Program

Combined Degree Programs: BS/MS and BA/MA 

Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering Combined Degree Programs allow Tufts undergraduate students to earn both their bachelor’s degree and their master’s degree within 5 years. Requirements vary by program and certain programs allow students to count certain courses for both degrees or reserve undergraduate courses to count towards their graduate degree. Most programs require students to apply during the spring semester of their junior year. Tufts undergraduate students who are interested in these programs should contact the Director of Graduate Studies in the department for more information.