Specialized Academic Programs
Tufts offers undergraduates several specialized academic programs that provide focused mentoring and a supportive community shaped around students’ academic interests.
Senior Honors Thesis
The Thesis Honors Program allows Tufts seniors to pursue a year-long independent program of study, to delve into a focused area of research within your major, and to produce an outcome that demonstrates exceptional undergraduate achievement. The senior honors thesis is a capstone experience for undergraduates in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree program.
Tufts ROTC Support Program
The Tufts ROTC program trains students to become commissioned officers in the Army, Air Force, and Navy through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Through a combination of a traditional college curriculum and specialized leadership training, students can take advantage of unique opportunities that prepare them for success in any career path.
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 REAL Program: Resumed Education for Adult Learning
For over 50 years, Tufts’ REAL 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. REAL 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 Program: 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 a program resulting in a BA or BS degree combined with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
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 five 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.