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.

Academic Support

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.

Teaching Opportunties

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 Assistantships

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.

GLIDE Scholars

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

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Research Support

Offshore wind farm

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

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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.

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.

Child Care

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.

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.

Get Help

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.


A bee eating pollen

Graduate Student Research First Place Photo

“Enjoy your meal!” - Photographed by Sheila Chan

See the Graduate Photo Contest

Graduate Awards

Dean's Offices