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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
- New Program Starting in Fall 2014: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Each certificate is made up of three courses, click here to view the list of course offerings for all programs with links to their descriptions. 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.
Upon completion of each course, students will earn graduate 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. Upon completion of all three courses within a given certificate program, students will be granted a certification of completion. All Friedman Graduate Certificate Programs are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (www.neasc.org).
How to Apply
There is no fee to apply.
Your full application to the program will include your official academic transcripts (translated into English) sent directly from every university or institution from which you earned a degree, a current resume or curriculum vitae (CV), and a personal statement. International students must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores (if required). All applications are reviewed by the Friedman Graduate Certificate Program admissions committee. The admissions committee takes into consideration all coursework, grades, experience and reasons for taking the program.
International students whose first language is not English are required to submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores unless they have earned a degree from a university in a country where English is the primary language.
- TOEFL minimum score is 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based), 100 (internet based)
- IELTS minimum score is 6.5
Applications for fall 2014 admission into the Friedman Graduate Certificate Program will be reviewed starting January 15, 2014 on a rolling basis through July 1, 2014, or as space is available. Enrollment is limited. Applicants interested in the Tuition Payment Plan for the fall semester must submit their materials prior to April 1
Tuition & Payment Options
- Tuition for the 2014-15 academic year (i.e. the Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Summer 2015 semesters) is $2420 per course. The total tuition for all three required courses within a certificate program is $7260
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, administered by Sallie Mae, is available through our Bursar’s office. Under this plan you may budget all or a portion of your semester tuition over five monthly installments. 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 does not accept currently credit cards 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