Graduate Programs

Brandeis graduate programs in History train students to research write and teach history at the highest level. Our M.A. and Ph.D. degrees emphasize the need for broad perspectives on urgent problems, rooted in a thorough and in-depth knowledge of the past. Through courses, supervised research, and teaching fellowships, future historians prepare for the excitement and challenges of a career devoted to exploring and explaining the past.

Designed to meet the varied academic and professional needs of graduate students, the M.A. program is especially well suited to those individuals interested in comparative and transnational history. In close consultation with their advisors, students will choose from a wide array of courses. Each will complete an individualized capstone project, with options for intensive research, experiential learning and integrated study.

All applicants are eligible for need-based aid; merit scholarships are available for those with exceptional promise. Admission is by vote of the Executive Committee. The deadline for M.A. candidates is April 30, and review of applications is on a rolling basis. To apply, visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Web site and download and complete an electronic application. The application requires a writing sample, transcripts, letters of recommendation, Graduate Record Examination scores and a personal statement.

Our Ph.D. program offers opportunities for students to study many areas of world history, building on the department's special strengths in American and European history. Students take a mix of thematic seminars covering broad historical questions as well as colloquia providing intensive study of regional and national histories. Students also engage in primary-source research from the time they arrive on campus, working independently with the help of faculty advisers. 

All students admitted to the Ph.D. program receive tuition waivers and generous Irving and Rose Crown Fellowships renewable for a total of five years. After the first year, students will begin an apprenticeship in college teaching, receive formal training in pedagogy and work closely with faculty mentors. After four semesters of preparation as a teaching fellow, students will also have the chance to create and teach their own courses. Students will teach for only five of their 10 semesters of fellowship, with assignments matched as closely as possible to their own professional objectives.

Admission is by vote of the Executive Committee. The deadline for a completed doctoral application to the  History program is Jan. 15. To apply, visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Web site and download and complete an electronic application. The application requires a writing sample, transcripts, letters of recommendation, Graduate Record Examination scores and a personal statement.