About the GCAP Program
The following webpage includes general information about the Graduate Career
Advancement Program (GCAP), as well as information on registration, tuition,
and auditing courses.
There are many benefits to participating in the Graduate Career Advancement
Program. Students are able to:
- Demonstrate their abilities and skills in preparation for graduate school.
- Get a head start on their graduate degree program by taking courses they
can later transfer.
- Prepare for career advancement or career change.
- Return to school with minimal commitment after years away from an academic setting.
- Become acquainted with specific graduate programs at Tufts.
- Satisfy their intellectual curiosity.
A Smooth Transition
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
(excepting remedial or prerequisite courses) are often transferable into applicable
graduate programs within the Graduate School of Arts and the Sciences and the School
of Engineering. Once accepted, students are permitted to transfer a maximum of two
applicable courses into a graduate program.
More Information on the Web
Need more details on the courses that interest you? Go to
AS&E Bulletin and
click on 'Areas of Study'. From here you can go to departmental web pages that
list course descriptions, faculty information, and other useful information.
Read the complete listing of course titles, times, and classroom locations for a given
semester at the Student
Services web site. This site also contains up-to-date information on courses that
are already closed out, and the academic year calendar.
Tufts is steadily building its evening course offerings to meet the growing demands
by working people for accessible, high quality courses that promote professional
development and career advancement. To learn more about evening courses, visit the
website(s) of the academic
department that you are interested in. To view a listing of courses offered after
4:00 p.m., visit the
Services Course Offerings page.
Registration and Payment
Registration materials will be mailed to you within two weeks of receipt and approval
of your application. You may register for the courses of your choice on a space-available
basis during the first two weeks of each semester. Download the
A student handbook is available online at:
Your student handbook is a valuable resource that contains information on the facilities
and services available to you. Many of your questions (about registration deadlines,
late fees, drop dates, campus facilities, parking, etc.) are answered in the handbook.
A handbook will also be mailed to you after you register.
Payment is due with course registration. You can pay by VISA, Mastercard, Discover,
or check (payable to Trustees of Tufts College). If your company offers tuition
reimbursement, you can request that Tufts bill the company for the cost of tuition.
Tufts will not bill a company that reimburses students only upon completion of a
course with a particular grade.
Registration takes place during the first two weeks of each semester. Completed
registration forms can be mailed or students can drop by to register in person. Students taking courses through the School of Engineering may be required to
provide a copy of their transcript to the instructor before obtaining signature/s for registration.
A Tufts course is worth one course credit, which is equivalent to four semester hours
at other universities. Certain courses have an added laboratory fee.
Fall and Spring, 2012-2013, tuition for most courses is $3,430 per course for credit
and $600 per course for audit. Tuition payment entitles students in the Graduate Career
Advancement Program to many campus privileges including the use of the libraries, athletic
facilities, and computer labs. A valid student ID is all a student needs to take full
advantage of the Tufts community benefits.
Only lecture courses can be audited. It is not possible to audit
courses with labs, such as science, language, computer, dance, or
studio art courses. Additionally, you may not audit courses through
the Gordon Institute, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, or
courses on other Tufts campuses. If you enroll in a course as an
auditor, your Tufts transcript will reflect the title of the course,
but you will not receive course credit or a letter grade. Students
will need to discuss with the instructor how much participation will
be expected in the audited course.
Community Audit Option
As a community service, Tufts offers a low-cost audit option during the fall and spring
for senior citizens, residents of Somerville and Medford, Tufts alumni, and Medford and
Somerville teachers. Community auditors may register for one lecture course per semester
for only $300 (it is not possible to audit a course with a laboratory). See a listing under the above
"audit status" on possible restrictions for audited courses.
Summer Session Tuition
Students in the Graduate Career Advancement Program who enroll in summer courses pay the
summer tuition rate and a summer registration fee. Contact the
Summer Session Office at
617-627-3454 for a catalog and current summer tuition rates.
The Trustees of Tufts College reserve the right to change the tuition or to establish
additional fees or charges for special features or services whenever such action is
deemed advisable. The earliest possible notification of changes in tuition and other
fees will be given.