About the Graduate Certificate Program from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

The Friedman School currently offers the following online certificates designed to meet the needs of professionals and others interested in expanding their knowledge, enhancing their skill set, and improving their marketability in order to advance in their career:

View the list of course offerings for all programs with links to their descriptions.

The Online Graduate Certificate Programs were reviewed by New England's accrediting body (NEASC) and are encompassed within Tufts University's NEASC accreditation.  All online courses offered within the certificate programs are designed and taught by Tufts faculty, and held to the same academic standards and rigor as those taught live on the Boston campus.  

Each certificate program consists of three courses that can be completed in one year, however students may take up to three years to complete their program. Each course is offered only once per year. Students may elect to take a single course if they prefer not to commit to an entire program*, or choose a different combination of courses from the different programs to meet their specific needs.

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Video Introduction

Prospective students are encouraged to view our brief video which gives an introduction and overview of the certificate programs, what makes the Friedman School a unique institution, and the benefits of studying online.

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Online Graduate Certificate Programs at Tufts University brochure Online Graduate Certificate Programs at Tufts University Published March, 2015


Graduate Certificate Courses and Continuing Education at Friedman

Students in our certificate programs are taught fully online over one year through three 14-week semesters. Students from around the globe learn from the school's renowned faculty, collaborate and network with fellow students, and receive expert, career-advancing instruction on a schedule compatible with the needs of busy students.

Online courses at the Friedman School are characterized by small class sizes and engaged, knowledgeable faculty members.  Our online courses are highly interactive and students can expect their teachers to be not just a lecturer, but facilitators of student learning and active participants.  While the Friedman School Online Graduate Certificate Program courses do allow students flexibility and convenience, they are not self-paced.  Each student is expected to login regularly, participate in all course activities, and meet their assignment deadlines.    

Upon completion of each course, students will earn graduate academic credit, which may be applied towards a degree program. Please check with the specific school and program in which you are interested to verify whether they will accept all of the credits you want to transfer.  Students who successfully complete three courses within our certificate program will earn a certificate of graduate studies.  

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and as space permits. Please send any questions or concerns about the process to


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Your full application to the program will include the following items:

  • Completion of the Online Application
  • Official academic transcripts (translated into English) sent directly from every university or institution from which you earned a degree
    • Transcript(s) should indicate completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a preferred grade point average of 3.0 (out of a 4.0 equivalent)
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Personal statement - please describe your reasons for applying and indicate how this course/certificate program will enhance your career or help you in the future 
  • International students must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores (see below for more info)

Standardized test scores (i.e., GRE) and letters of recommendation are not required. There is no application fee, but a non-refundable $50 deposit is required upon your acceptance into the program to reserve your space. 

All applications are reviewed by the Friedman School Graduate Certificate Program Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee takes into consideration all coursework, grades, experience and reasons for taking the program.

If you need to send materials to the Friedman School, please send to the following address:

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Office of Admissions
150 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02111

*Students who would like to register for just a single class without committing to an entire program should contact the Program Director at

Admissions Deadlines

Applications for Spring 2016 admission into the Friedman School Graduate Certificate Program will be reviewed on a rolling basis through December 1, 2015, or as space permits.  

Applications for Fall 2016 admission into the Friedman School Graduate Certificate Program will be reviewed on a rolling basis through July 1, 2016, or as space permits.

TOEFL/IELTS Requirements

International students who earned their degree from a university in a country where English is not the primary language must submit either official TOEFL or IELTS scores directly to the Friedman School as a part of the online application.

  • TOEFL minimum score is 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based), 100 (internet based)
  • IELTS minimum score is 6.5

Tuition & Payment Options

  • Tuition for courses offered during the 2015-16 academic year (i.e. the Fall 2015, Spring 2016, and Summer 2016 semesters) is $2540 per course. The total tuition for all three required courses within a certificate program is $7620.

Please note that the Friedman School Graduate Certificate Programs are not eligible for Title IV Federal Student Aid. The program does qualify for private student loans from lending institutions, and a Tuition Payment Plan is available through our Bursar’s office. Under the Tuition Payment Plan you may budget all or a portion of your semester tuition over five monthly installments prior to your enrollment. For example, for the fall semester, you make payments from May 1st through September 1st, and for the spring semester, you make payments from October 1st through February 1st. The Tuition Payment Plan has a small enrollment fee, but no interest charges. Please contact Student Financial Services at Tufts for more information on billing and payments including payment plans.

Tufts University currently does not accept credit card payments for tuition.

We encourage students who are working professionals to contact their employer’s human resources (HR) department for their policies and procedures regarding tuition benefits.