Admission and Financial Aid
Admission to the graduate programs in the English department is competitive and selective. We seek scholars who will greatly contribute to the field and that are passionate about their research. Prospective applicants apply to the department through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Applicants are required to submit an application form (preferably online), a nonrefundable application fee, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, official test scores, undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate transcripts), and a writing sample. Because application requirements may vary by degree program, you should be sure to follow the deadlines set forth by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
The deadline for both full-time and part-time applicants to the terminal M.A. program is February 1. Decisions are finalized in mid-April. If you have not heard from us by then, please contact department administrator Heather Lefebvre.
Master’s candidates may be eligible for partial need-based and merit-based tuition scholarships. Merit awards may vary by program and are usually awarded at the time of admission. US citizens and permanent residents who wish to be considered for need-based scholarships must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Brandeis FAFSA code is 002133. International students who wish to be considered for need-based scholarships must submit the International Application for Financial Aid.
Financial assistance for certificate programs varies, but students should fill out the FAFSA (US citizens and permanent residents) or the International Application for Financial Aid to be considered for aid.