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Department of Education

Combined Degree

Graduate student group work

About the Programs

For students who would like to seek a graduate degree in teaching, the Department of Education offers combined degree programs in teacher preparation in the following areas:

  • B.F.A/M.A.T. in Art Education
  • B.A. or B.S./M.A.T. in Middle and High School Education

These demanding bachelor's/master's programs allow Tufts students to complete the 120 credit-hour undergraduate degree and 30 credit-hour master's degree together, usually within five years. Applicants are urged to seek academic advising as early as possible if they are considering this path.

If you have questions regarding one of these combined degrees please contact the graduate program director:

General Curriculum

Graduates of the combined degree programs will complete all the academic requirements for both their undergraduate degree and graduate degree.

Admitted and enrolled students may be permitted to apply up to six credit-hours of >100-level Tufts coursework, taken to fulfill for the undergraduate degree requirements, towards the master's degree requirements. These shared graduate-level course credit-hours must be part of the master's degree requirements and must adhere to the policies in the graduate student handbook and department student handbook. An additional 6 credit hours may be placed on reserve for the master’s degree (these will not contribute to the undergraduate degree). Course reservation forms should be completed according the rules and deadlines designated by Student Services.”

Degrees Conferred

Graduates of the combined degree program receive a bachelor's degree from Tufts (B.A., B.F.A, B.S.) and a master's degree from Tufts (M.A.T). Degrees are conferred upon completion of requirements for each portion of the program.

Admission Process and Criteria

Admission to the graduate degree portion of the program is separate from the undergraduate degree portion. Students may apply during the spring of their junior year or by the fall of their senior year. Students must take at least one course within the Department of Education prior to applying.

Applicants are required to submit 2 letters of recommendation, with one letter from a faculty in a discipline related to the area you intend to teach. Applicants are exempted from the GRE requirement, and are not required to pay the graduate application fee.

Prospective combined degree students should consult with their undergraduate major advisor and the director of the graduate program to which they are applying (Susan Barahal or Steven Cohen).

Tuition and Financial Aid

Combined degree students may seek financial aid assistance for their graduate degree. The graduate degree scholarship committee will take the undergraduate degree scholarship package into consideration when making decisions.

Tuition for the graduate program covers the graduate curriculum, starting with up to two Tufts graduate summer courses, if required for the degree, taken after the student's senior year. For approved shared graduate-level course credit-hours, the graduate tuition will be reduced by the cost of the shared credit-hours up to six credit-hours. Graduate continuation fees are applicable after one year. There is a one-year residency requirement for the graduate program.