Master of Arts in Comparative Humanities

The Master of Arts Program in Comparative Humanities (MACH) explores major themes of human experience using comparative and cross-cultural approaches.

Our program can be completed in a single year, although students have the option of continuing their studies beyond the first year. Current Brandeis undergraduates also have the option to enroll in the program and join the MACH community in their senior year through the BA/MA track. In consultation with a faculty advisor, each student builds a coherent curriculum that bridges cultures and disciplines.

Students who majored in the humanities or in an interdisciplinary program are attracted to our graduate program as a means by which to hone their research interests, develop their communication skills, and gain credentials for a professional career or further graduate studies. The comparative humanities program provides opportunities for professional development, intellectual advancement, and preparation for doctoral studies in a host of fields. The program provides both guidance and flexibility for:

Co-Curricular Offerings

Our comparative humanities program fosters and nurtures an interdisciplinary intellectual community befitting of its graduate students, participating faculty, and the university as a whole through activities such as:

Why Brandeis?

Brandeis is a medium-sized research university devoted to excellence in both teaching and research, with a strong emphasis on the interdisciplinary training of graduate students.

With approximately 3,200 Brandeis undergraduates and roughly 800 scholars in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, MACH students are members of a larger, dynamic university community. The program is small enough to provide interactive, engaging learning with preeminent scholars and researchers, yet large enough to provide students with paramount academic and research opportunities.

Brandeis, Boston, and the Benefits

Our location just outside of the historic, cosmopolitan city of Boston puts cultural, educational, research, and career opportunities at your fingertips. This interdisciplinary approach, which lies at the heart of our MACH program, is just one of many reasons that Brandeis is a unique and lively home for the humanities:

Careers and Alumni

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Career Services prepares students and alumni with the skills necessary to obtain meaningful employment. The Career Center provides professional writing critiques, career planning advice, assistance with job/internship searches, and networking opportunities.

MACH alumni have gone on to do the following:

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Financial Aid

Generous scholarships and financial aid packages are available for both domestic and international students.