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Degree Requirements

Master of Science Degree

A total of sixteen credits is required for a master's degree at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, including three credits in courses taken in the area of specialization. An internship is also required for the Agriculture, Food, and Environment; Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and Nutrition Communication programs. Students in the Combined Dietetic Internship/Master of Science degree program complete nine credits of course work and 900 hours of clinical rotations. Students in the Master of Nutrition Science and Policy degree program complete nine credits of course work and one credit completing a Master's Thesis.

Doctoral Degree

The doctor of philosophy degree is conferred by the university on advanced students who demonstrate exceptional achievement in original scholarship. To receive the Ph.D. degree at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, a student must have completed the course work required of the school's master of science degree program or its equivalent; passed a qualifying examination (written and oral components); and successfully defended his/her dissertation. Ph.D. students who have not completed the school's master of science program at a school other than Tufts are frequently required to take one to two semesters of course work at Tufts in order to make up deficits in their training and to prepare for dissertation work. The doctoral dissertation represents a substantial and original contribution of knowledge through creative scholarly research. All doctoral candidates are required to follow the instructions and meet the requirements outlined in the Policies and Procedures for Students Handbook.

Registration

All graduate students must register at the beginning of each term in which they are actively working on a degree. Even if all required courses have been completed, degree candidates are required to register. In order to maintain active status, students not in residence should write to request necessary materials and should register each semester by mail.

Cross-Registration

A full-time student in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy may enroll in one graduate course during each regular academic semester at either Boston College, Boston University, and Brandeis University. Students attending the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy may also cross-register at any of the other schools of Tufts University.

Time Limit

The minimum residence requirement for the master's degree is two years. All work for a master's degree must be completed within six calendar years. The time limit for completing the Ph.D. degree is seven years after enrollment in the doctoral program. Extensions or leaves of absence may be requested by petition to the dean for academic affairs.

Transfer of Courses

Subject to the approval of the academic dean, graduate courses completed with distinction elsewhere may be counted toward the master of science or Ph.D. degree at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy if they have not been previously used to fulfill degree requirements.

A maximum of four courses can be transferred from another institution.

Immunization Records

All full and part-time students, regardless of age, must comply with the Tufts University immunization requirements and Massachusetts General Law (105 CMR 220.600). Questions regarding the Boston Health Sciences Campus immunization requirements should be directed to the Student Advisory & Health Administration Office.

Influenza: Annual Seasonal Influenza vaccine required for all students with patient contact, unless medically contraindicated. Strongly recommended for all others.

The Friedman School Immunization Form, with a list of Immunization requirements, is available on the Student Advisory & Health Administration Office (SAHA) website.

For more information, please visit the office's website.

Campus Safety

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