Graduate Student Resources
As a graduate student, your experience at Tufts will be guided by your graduate dean's office and academic department.
Newly Admitted Students
Welcome! View the school-specific resources below to help start your graduate career at Tufts.
Mentorship in Graduate School
Mentor/mentee relationships are as different as the people involved, but at the core, the relationship is synergetic, with both parties engaging in an educational, social, and intellectual relationship.
The StAAR Center Graduate Resources
The Student Accessibility and Academic Resources (StAAR) Center team understand the particular needs and challenges of graduate students and have developed programming to address those concerns from a strength-based and process-oriented approach.
Students interested in pursuing a career in academia or teaching have many opportunities at the departmental level to practice and expand their skills as teaching assistants.
Teaching assistants (TAs) are resident students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or School of Engineering who are paid a stipend to teach part-time at the university as part of their training.
Notation of Development (NOD)
All PhD and master’s degree students can receive formal recognition for workshop attendance in the form of a "Notation of Development" (NOD) on their transcripts.
Registrar's Office Graduate Forms
We are the custodian of AS&E undergraduate and graduate student records and facilitate course registration and changes, degree certification, grading, transcripts, enrollment verifications, the Bulletin, transfer of credit and other functions as they relate to the student record.
Foreign Language Exam
Select GSAS programs require students to take foreign language exams prior to graduation.
Giving Graduate Students the Tools for Change
In its first year, the GLIDE program is teaching Arts and Sciences graduate students how to strengthen diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in the workplace
Graduate students at Tufts are encouraged to apply for funding, participate in development workshops, and engage in the research process at every stage of your graduate career.
Guidance and resources for grant applications including checklists, writing support, and administrative help.
Conference Reimbursement Fund
The AS&E Graduate Student Conference Reimbursement Fund supports students who wish to travel domestically or internationally to further their research and engage with colleagues in their respective fields.
The Graduate Student Research Competition (GSRC) supports the research of graduate students by providing funding for certain expenses.
Serving as a research assistant (RA) is an important part of the professional development and training that Tufts offers graduate students. Research assistants are graduate students who receive a stipend as part of their training.
Nature Masterclasses online training courses will help you develop skills across a range of essential research activities and are available via Tufts' subscription.
Offshore Wind Power Opportunities Fuel Aspirations of Tufts Graduate Students
Following diverse paths in the Offshore Wind Energy Engineering program, they share high hopes for careers in an expanding industry rising to meet clean energy goals
Graduate Student Work/Life Resources
Work/life refers to the intersection of your professional life and personal/family life, and to the information, resources, and policies that help you navigate those intersections. The definitive source of information about many graduate student work/life balance policies is in your Graduate Student Handbook.
The Tufts Career Center offers a variety of support and resources for AS&E and SMFA graduate students who are looking for work that aligns with their personal career goals. Graduate students have access to career development opportunities and resources that will help establish career readiness and prepare students for career success.
Counseling and Mental Health Service
Office visits and services are covered for graduate students who have paid a Health and Wellness fee.
Office visits are covered for graduate students who have paid a Health and Wellness fee.
AS&E and SMFA graduate students in need of academic support can seek help from the StAAR Center. Students are welcome to schedule one-on-one appointments and attend workshops for enhancing writing, academic, public speaking, and presentation skills.
Student Outreach and Support
Student Outreach and Support assists graduate students with navigating resources to help students address academic, health, and personal challenges that impact their experience at Tufts.
Athletics and Recreation
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and the School of Engineering (SoE) graduate programs office have a limited number of free meal tickets they can provide to graduate students who contact them.
Leaves of Absence
There are three types of leaves available to graduate students. Students who are on leave are not charged tuition and fees and are not eligible for stipends. Funding upon return cannot be guaranteed; please speak with your program graduate director if you have questions. Student loan borrowers will receive exit interview and repayment information and may be required to begin making loan payments while on leave. Students must be in good academic standing when taking a leave of absence.
The time-to-degree clock stops for all graduate students who take an approved leave of absence.
International students may not take a personal leave of absence and remain in the United States. In all cases, the International Center must be contacted before any leave is authorized as there may be impact on visa status.
Eliot-Pearson Children's School: preschool (age 2.9 years and up) through second grade education. Part-time preschool, flexible days, modified school calendar. Apply in September the year before you wish to enroll your child.
For toddler and infant care, Tufts families have 10 priority access slots at four Bright Horizons centers. Contact Bright Horizons for availability and cost.
Bright Horizons at Teele Square: preschool (age 2.9 years and up) through Kindergarten. Full-time, 5-day-per-week coverage, limited holidays. Tufts part-time and full-time employees and students receive priority admission. Apply in September the year before you wish to enroll your child.
Any nursing person who is a member of the Tufts community (faculty, staff, students, and visitors) can use the lactation rooms provided in various locations around our campuses. The Tufts Office of Equal Opportunity has resources for nursing and maintains a list of Tufts lactation rooms.
Arrange for an ad-hoc space
If none of the dedicated spaces meets your needs, you can arrange to use an ad-hoc space elsewhere on campus. Please contact Amin Fahimi Moghadam, OEO Accommodations Specialist in the Office of Equal Opportunity, 617-627-6363. He will identify a space for you to use and arrange for you to get access to it when you need it.
For official guidance and information, contact the Dean of Student Affairs Office.
For academic grievances for GSAS students, contact Sarah Herchel, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
For academic grievances for SOE students, contact Karen Panetta, Dean of Graduate Education, School of Engineering.
For peer-to-peer advice or information, contact the Graduate Student Council president.
Graduate students may also contact June Goldstein, Benefits Specialist, for advice about dependent care needs such as childcare.
Graduate Student Research First Place Photo
“Enjoy your meal!” - Photographed by Sheila Chan
GSAS Dean's Office
Led by Dean Bárbara M. Brizuela, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office is a resource for all GSAS and SMFA Graduate Students.
Engineering Dean's Office
Led by Dean Karen Panneta, the School of Engineering's graduate dean's office is here to support students, faculty, and staff.
Student Affairs Dean's Office
Led by Camille Lizarríbar, Tufts Student Affairs is here to help students navigate resources, challenging situations, and their journey to self-discovery.