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About the Graduate Certificate Program From Tufts Friedman School
The Friedman School recognizes the need for working professionals to pursue continued education while maintaining their current positions. Many early to mid-career professionals find themselves in rewarding positions, but require the targeted knowledge found in the Friedman School Nutrition Certificates.
The Friedman School currently offers the following certificates designed to meet the needs of professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge in order to advance in their careers.
- Developing Healthy Communities: Nutrition, Behavior, and Physical Activity
- Nutrition Science for Communications Professionals
- Delivery Science for International Nutrition
- Evidence-Based Humanitarian Assistance
Each certificate is made up of three courses. All courses are all taught online by Tufts faculty, and every course is held to the same academic standards and rigor as those taught live on the Boston campus. The certificate takes one year to complete (Fall, Spring, and Summer).
Additionally, both Tufts and the United Nations University confer the certificate in Delivery Science for International Nutrition. Recipients of the certificates receive an enhanced level of recognition by virtue of the standings of both institutions.
Prospective students are encouraged to view our brief video featuring an alumnae and Friedman School faculty members who give an introduction and overview of the certificate programs, what makes the Friedman School a unique institution, and the benefits of studying online.
Graduate Certificate Courses and Continuing Education at Friedman
Through advanced teaching pedagogies and robust software platforms, students in our certificate programs are taught fully online over one year through three 16-week semesters. Students are from around the globe and learn from the school's renowned faculty, collaborate and network with fellow students, and receive superior career-advancing instruction on a schedule that fits the demands of today's professionals.
Tufts has mastered the art of distance learning with proven educational experiences that are recognized as being equally as enriching as the traditional classroom. On average, students need 8-12 hours each week to do the work required for each course.
Students who earn certificates will have the ability to apply their courses toward electives at the Friedman School should they decide to pursue a masters degree. (Please consult with the Office of Admissions for full details in applying for individual degree programs).
How to Apply
You may download the application form (PDF) to apply.
There is no fee to apply.
Students should submit the application, undergraduate official transcripts from each university attended, a resume/CV, and a personal statement. Official transcripts MUST come directly from the university to the Friedman School. Students cannot submit the transcripts themselves. The admissions committee takes into consideration all coursework, grades, experience and reasons for taking the program.
Applications are accepted through June of each year for the following fall.
Tuition for the 2013-14 academic year (i.e., the Fall 2013, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 semesters) is $2300 per course. The total tuition for all three required courses within a certificate program is $6900. We encourage students who are working professionals to contact their employer’s human resources (HR) department for their policies and procedures regarding tuition benefits. Please note that the Friedman School graduate certificate programs are not eligible for Title IV Federal Student Aid. However, the program does qualify for private lending institution student loans and a payment plan is also available through the Bursar’s office. Please contact Student Financial Services at Tufts for more information on billing and payments including payment plans. Tufts University does not accept currently credit cards for tuition.