Apply to the MD Program
The selection of applicants for admission into the MD Program is based not only on performance in the required premedical courses, but also on the applicant’s entire academic record and extracurricular experiences. Letters of recommendation and information supplied by the applicant are reviewed for indications of promise and suitability for a medical career. A minimum of three years of college work is required, and strong preference is given to applicants who will earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited US college or university before medical school matriculation.
How to Apply
- Meet our Eligibility Requirements: Undergraduates with any majors are welcome to apply, provided they meet our course prerequisites and satisfy our Technical Standards. We also welcome candidates with non-traditional backgrounds.
- Provide MCAT Scores: Nearly all U.S. medical schools require applicants to submit MCAT scores. Tufts School of Medicine applicants must take the Medical College Admissions Test within four years preceding enrollment. Applicants may initiate an application prior to taking the exam, but MCAT scores are needed to complete an application and must be received prior to the January 15 Secondary Application deadline.
- Complete the AMCAS Application: Applicants must complete and submit the online application of the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). AMCAS distributes applications to designated medical school admissions offices from June through November. Applicants must complete their AMCAS application, including the submission of all transcripts, by November 1 of the application year. Tufts School of Medicine does not grant extensions to this deadline.
- Complete Tufts School of Medicine Secondary Application: Applicants must complete a Secondary Application (Tufts School of Medicine does not disqualify any applicants at this stage.) The application requires you to submit letters of recommendation and a $130 application fee. (The $130 application fee is waived for any applicant who has received an AMCAS fee waiver). The secondary application is available from July until the secondary application deadline of January 15.
Selected applicants are invited to visit the Boston campus for personal interviews between September and March. All complete applications are considered for interviews on a rolling basis. Interview decisions are sent by email to applicants stating either a notification of an interview invitation or a notification that they are no longer under consideration for an interview at Tufts. Applicants who have not received a final decision via email remain under active consideration until they do so. All applicants will receive either an invitation to interview or a letter of regret by March 31.
The interview program consists of a full day of speakers, presentations, lunch, an opportunity to meet some of our current students, a tour, and two individual interviews with members of the Admissions Committee. Interviews are scheduled only by invitation of the admissions committee, and we do not conduct regional interviews.
The Tufts University School of Medicine Admissions Committee meets monthly during the interview season and admits selected applicants on a rolling basis from October through April. Admitted applicants are required to pay a $100 tuition deposit (requested in the Spring) that is refundable if the applicant withdraws prior to April 30. Selected applicants are admitted from the Wait List during the late spring and summer as space in the entering class permits.
|June – November||Tufts School of Medicine receives applications from AMCAS|
|July – January||Tufts School of Medicine receives secondary applications and letters of recommendation|
|July – March||Completed applications are reviewed|
|August 1||Deadline to complete Early Decision AMCAS application|
|August – March||Tufts School of Medicine sends invitations to interview|
|September 1||Deadline to complete Early Decision Tufts School of Medicine Secondary Application|
|September – March||Tufts School of Medicine interview season|
|October 1||Tufts School of Medicine notifies Early Decision applicants of application outcome|
|October – April||Tufts School of Medicine Admissions Committee admits selected applicants|
|October – March||Applicants no longer being considered for admission receive letter of regret|
|November 1||Deadline to complete regular AMCAS application|
|January 15||Deadline to complete regular Tufts School of Medicine Secondary Application|
|March 31||All applicants have received either an invitation to interview or a letter of regret|
|April 30||Tuition deposit refund deadline|
|May – July||Tufts School of Medicine admits selected applicants from Wait List|
|Late July||Orientation for the Entering Class|