Take a Class (Graduate Career Advancement Program)

You don't need to be a graduate student to take Tufts graduate courses.

The Graduate Career Advancement Program (GCAP) is for people who want access to superior graduate-level courses, but don't need or want a graduate degree. GCAP students take the same classes as our graduate students and may enroll, for either credit or audit, in up to four undergraduate or graduate courses per semester.

As a GCAP student, you may enroll in any of the 2,000-plus graduate and undergraduate-level courses offered on the Medford campus (except studio art, engineering management, or courses offered by the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy) as long as space is available. Classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Courses are also offered through the Summer Session.

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A bachelor's degree is required for admission into the GCAP program. If you have not earned an undergraduate degree, call 617-627-2000 to learn more about the Resumed Education for Adult Learners (REAL) Program.

Transfer of Credit

Tufts courses are widely accepted at other institutions. If you intend to transfer credit from Tufts to a degree program elsewhere, please check with your home institution for approval. The Graduate Career Advancement Program also offers a smooth transition to graduate study at Tufts. Courses taken through the program are often transferable into graduate programs within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering. Once accepted, students are permitted to transfer a maximum of two applicable courses into a graduate program.

A Tufts course is worth one course credit, which is equivalent to four semester hours at most other universities.

Application Information

The Graduate Career Advancement Program (GCAP) is open to US citizens and permanent residents, and F2 and H1B visa holders. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 are required for admission.

Your completed application consists of the following:

  1. The online application*
  2. A copy of your undergraduate transcript (not required for Tufts Credit Voucher recipients). Unofficial copies are accepted.
  3. Copy of your F2 or H1B visa, if applicable

*The GCAP application can only be accessed through the direct link on this page.   After registering through the general application system, you will automatically be routed to the GCAP application.

Please submit all materials through the online application. If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact Graduate Student Services at gradserve@tufts.edu.

Application Deadlines

September 1 for fall term
January 10 for spring term

Note: Spring 2018 application opens November 1

Registration and Payment

GCAP students will receive a Course Enrollment Form and registration instructions after being admitted to the program.  Instructor permission is required to enroll in a class, and students may be required to provide the instructor with a copy of their transcript before obtaining approval for registration.  Registration must be completed within the first two weeks of the semester.

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year for most (1.0 credit) courses is $4,990 for courses offered by the School of Arts and Sciences, and $5,052 for courses offered by the School of Engineering. The fee for auditing a course is $1,000. Payment is due at the time of registration.