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.
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.
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.
AS&E and SMFA 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
Graduate students are encouraged to utilize state-of-the-art facilities like the Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center for physical fitness, recreation, and competition.
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: medical leave, parental leave, and personal leave. Students who are on leave are not charged tuition and fees and are not eligible for stipends. The time-to-degree clock stops for all graduate students who take an approved leave of absence.
Learn more about resources available for parents and caregivers including child care and on campus lactation rooms.
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.
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.