Is this a post-baccalaureate?
No, the MBS program is a Special Masters Program. The MBS program is at the master’s level and currently has the same curriculum as the first year of medical school.
How long is the program?
The MBS program - including the didactic courses and the thesis can be completed in 12 months, although the great majority of students take an additional one or two semesters following their didactic work to complete the thesis and finish in December or May. The fraction of students who elect to complete the entire program within a year is typically 10-20%, while 80-90 elect to take additional time.
What are the minimum MCAT, DAT, GRE and GPA for the program?
There are no minimums for the MBS program.
What are the average MCAT scores and GPA of accepted students?
Of accepted students, the average GPA is a 3.3 (overall undergraduate) and the average MCAT is a 508.
Am I a competitive applicant for this program?
It’s difficult to gauge the competitiveness of any given applicant, as there is so much that is taken into account when we review applications. We recommend that you review information on our averages, what we are looking for, etc., to best get a sense of where you stand in our applicant pool.
When do students apply to medical school?
Typically, students will apply to medical school the summer after they have completed the MBS coursework.
Is the thesis required?
Yes, all students are required to do either a literature or lab based thesis.
Do we take classes with the medical school students?
No, you will be taking the same coursework, but you will only be in class with other MBS students.
Do I need to retake these classes in the first year of medical school?
It depends on the medical school you attend, but at Tufts School of Medicine you would be required to retake these courses.
I think I have already taken some of these classes in undergrad, can I get an exemption?
Though some of the MBS classes may have similar titles to undergraduate coursework you have done, keep in mind these are graduate level courses that are the same as the first year of medical school. All students must take all courses in the MBS program; there are no exemptions or transfer courses accepted.
Do I have to do the MCAT prep?
No, the MCAT prep is optional. MCAT prep is offered to students in the spring and summer semesters.
Can I work while I am in the MBS program?
The MBS program is only offered full-time, and has a very rigorous schedule. So, we don’t recommend that you work while in the program.
How many students are in the MBS program?
We have about 130 students in the MBS program each year.
I know you are on a rolling admissions basis, when should I apply?
We recommend submitting your application even if, for example, you still have to take your MCAT, GRE or DAT.
Is this program helpful for pre-Dental students?
Yes, we are seeing a growing number of pre-dental students and you are certainly welcome to apply. The coursework is applicable to both pre-medical and pre-dental students.
I am not interested in medical/dental school; would this program be a good fit for me?
This program is specifically designed to help students gain admission into medical or dental school if that is not your goal, this program would not be the best fit for you.
In Progress & Awaiting Materials Applicants
I started an application but I don’t see MBS under “Program Choice”. What should I do?
You have most likely started an application for the wrong department within Tufts. The MBS program is in the Public Health and Professional Degree Programs. You can find the MBS application here.
Can I submit my application before all my materials have been received?
Yes, you can submit your application before your MCAT score, transcript, recommendation, etc., have been received. However, we won’t begin our review process until all of these materials have been received.
Will I get an email when my application is complete?
Yes, you will get an email when your application is complete.
How do I send my test score?
- MCAT - In the ‘Test Scores’ section of the application, there will be a space to provide us with your AAMC ID, Verification Code and Score Report PDF. We will then verify this information with AAMC to get your official score.
- DAT - When requesting scores on www.ada.org, enter “Tufts University PHPD Programs” in the alternate school text box enter our mailing information.
- GRE - Use CEEB code 3889- Tufts School of Medicine. Please note that Tufts has many different reporting codes, and if scores are sent to the wrong code we will not be able to retrieve them. DO NOT use codes 0438, 6997, or 3891 which are codes used for other Tufts programs.
How do I send my letters of recommendation?
There will be further instructions in the application about how to have your recommendations sent. It varies depending on what type of recommendation you are sending (three individual letters, a letter packet/committee letter, or Interfolio Letters).
How do I send my transcripts?
The fastest way to send us your transcripts, and our preferred method, is for you to upload an unofficial transcript directly through the application. You can have official transcripts emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or paper copies can be mailed to our office (address provided under Additional Materials tab).
Do I have to send official transcripts?
No, we accept unofficial transcripts for the review of your application. We do require official transcripts when students matriculate into the program.
Will you start reviewing my application before it is complete?
No, applications are not reviewed until all materials have been received and your application is complete.
Can I use my personal statement from medical/dental school applications?
We recommend that you write a personal statement specific to the MBS program following our prompt.
How long should the personal statement be?
Your personal statement should be 500 words or fewer.
Can I use my recommendations from medical or dental school?
Yes, we are happy to accept letters of recommendation written for medical/dental school.
Can I transfer my materials from Tufts Medical/Dental to my MBS Application?
No, unfortunately we are not able to access any materials on file with Tufts School of Medicine or Tufts Dental School. You will need to send your materials directly to our office.
Do I need to send transcripts from study abroad/summer courses/community colleges?
Yes, we need to see transcripts from every institution you have attended or plan to attend.
In my status portal, one of my materials has a red X next to it and says “Awaiting”. What does that mean? Will that get updated if the material has been received?
A red X means that materials has not been received and your application is not complete. The status will updated when it has been received.
How long until I can expect a decision?
On average, students can expect a decision 4 to 6 weeks from when their application was completed (not from when it was submitted).
Can I check my application status?
Once your application is complete, the next update you will receive is when a decision is rendered. If you have not heard anything since your application was completed, you can assume that your application is being reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
How will I know when a decision is ready?
You will receive an email from our office to notify you when a decision has been posted to your status portal.
How many seats are still left in the program?
We are not able to disclose how many seats are left in the program at a given time. However, we will update our website and let applicants know if the class has been filled.
Can I start my Financial Aid application now?
Yes, we encourage students to start the Financial Aid process as soon as possible. You do not need to wait to receive an admissions decision to apply for Financial Aid. For more information on Financial Aid click here.
When I get a decision how long do I have to reply to your offer?
You will have 3 weeks to reply to an admissions decision. If you apply late in the cycle, you may have less time to reply and therefore will need to be prepared for a short window to decide.
I have updated test scores/transcripts, can I send them to you now?
Yes, we would be happy to update any materials you have. You can email them to email@example.com and we will take care of uploading them to your application. Please note, if your application is already under review, we cannot guarantee that the Admissions Committee will be able to take new materials into consideration.
I talked to other applicants to the program and their applications were complete after mine, and they got their decision before me. Why is that?
We do begin the review process in the order in which applications were marked complete. However, there are many factors that determine how long a file will take to be reviewed, and the review time can vary.
Did Not Gain Admission
What was wrong with my application?
Unfortunately, we cannot disclose information to any students about the review of their application or provide feedback from the Admissions Committee. However, we can provide you with some general information about what we are looking for. The average MCAT of an accepted student is a 508 and the average GPA is a 3.3. These are not minimums, but if an applicant is far from these numbers that could be holding them back. We will also consider the rigor of institutions attended and courses taken. We equally consider the personal statement, letters of recommendation, clinical/non-clinical experience, etc. Please keep in mind that we are not a post-bac or remedial program, but rather a Masters level program with the same curriculum as the first year of medical school.
Can you reconsider my application this cycle?
We are unable to reconsider your application in the same cycle. If you’re still interested in the MBS program, we encourage you to apply in our next application cycle.
Can I talk to an advisor or someone from the Admissions Committee about my application?
If you have reviewed the information that we’re able to provide about what we’re looking for in an applicant and you’re still feeling unsure about how to improve your application we would encourage you to speak with your pre-health advisor for more guidance, as our office is not able to provide these advising services.