Frequently asked questions about the PostBac program
How can I apply?
Go to the
Graduate School web site for application instructions.
What is the application deadline?
Students are accepted on a rolling basis. To start in fall, your
application should be complete by early August. For spring, it
should be complete by mid-November, and for summer it should
be complete by early April. If you need a student visa, the standard
Graduate School deadlines are in effect.
What are the admission requirements?
The main requirement is a bachelors degree in some area other than
computer science. You need to have taken an introductory programming
course using C++, Java, or a closely related language.
I haven't taken an introductory programming course. What can I do?
Before applying, you can take COMP 11 at Tufts as a
GCAP student. If you prefer to take an equivalent course
elsewhere, you will need to submit a transcript listing that course.
It's best to check with the PostBac advisor to check equivalency.
Do I need to take the GRE?
No, but if you'd like to continue to the Masters program you'll need
to take the GRE general test at that time. The subject test in
Computer Science is not required in any case.
I have already taken one of the required courses at another school.
Can I transfer it to count toward the PostBac?
Non-Tufts courses cannot be transferred into the PostBac program, but
you don't need to retake the course. You may substitute a more advanced
course, and if it is numbered above 100 it can be transferred to count towards
a Tufts Masters degree.
Is the PostBac available as an evening or weekend program?
No, one of the biggest advantages of Tufts' PostBac program over other
similar programs is that you will be in the same high-quality courses as
other Tufts undergraduate and graduate students. As a result, we offer
only a few courses in the evenings and none on the weekends. You can
view our course schedules for past years on our web site to determine
whether our courses will fit your schedule.
How much does the program cost?
Look under "Engineering Certificate Programs" at the
Graduate School web site. Most courses are three or four
credits. If you are on a student visa you will need to register for
at least nine credits per semester.
Isn't that a lot of money?
Yes, but we believe you get what you pay for. At Tufts you will be
in the same courses as other students in our very selective undergraduate
and graduate programs, taught by the same world-class faculty.
Is there financial aid available?
Only some private loans. Contact the
Tufts Graduate School for more information.
Can I continue to the Tufts' Masters degree program in Computer Science
from the PostBac program?
Yes, in fact most students who successfully complete the PostBac continue
to our Masters program, and a small but significant percentage continue
for a PhD. Any courses taken as part of the PostBac numbered
above 100 will count toward the Masters degree.
Can I get involved in research as a PostBac student?
Many research groups in the department welcome PostBac students.
The Tufts CS Department
web site has a list of
Contact one of the faculty members involved in the research
to ask about sitting in on group meetings. Many of the research areas
are interdisciplinary, so you may be able to contribute background knowledge
from an area outside of computer science.
I have a question not listed above - how can I get an answer?
Contact the PostBac advisor listed on the main page describing the PostBac program.