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Alert: 2021 Changes in Response to COVID-19

Prerequisite Changes Statement

In an effort to assist candidates facing unprecedented challenges due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Tufts University PA program has made the following changes to the prerequisite requirements for the 2021 application cycle:

  • Pass/Fail grades for prerequisite courses will be accepted for the spring 2020 and summer 2020 semesters only. Students will be required to upload a statement from the College or University where these prerequisites were completed in CASPA, documenting that pass/fail grades were utilized instead of the standard letter grades for spring and summer 2020 semesters due to COVID-19.
  • The GRE examination will be “test optional” for the 2021 cycle. This means that scores are not required but can be submitted if a candidate completed the exam. If applicants would like us to consider their exam results as a component of their candidacy, we will do so in a contextual way. If students choose not to submit exam results, the application will not be penalized. Our admissions committee has a holistic approach when evaluating each application. This provides us with the flexibility to evaluate academic and experience accomplishments within a candidate’s individual context.

Interview Format

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews for the 2021 admission cycle will be in a virtual format. The interview day will include a program overview, student Q&A, and two one-on-one interviews. Links to a virtual campus tour will also be provided.  


PA Program Director & Staff

Beth Buyea, DHSc, PA-C
Program Director

Johanne Noble, MA
Program Manager

Posner Hall
200 Harrison Ave, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02111