For More Information

For further information about the program, contact the Director of Graduate Studies:

Professor Michael Willrich
(781) 736-2292
willrich@brandeis.edu


Or visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences web site

Application Deadlines

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 15; final deadline for consideration is April 30

All applications due no later than April 30

M.A. in History

This one-year full-time program is designed to provide students with a graduate-level understanding of the discipline of history and to enhance their mastery of historical research and writing.

Program of Study

A flexible program of study allows students to work closely with the faculty in ways that best suit the students’ particular goals, whether for future doctoral study or for careers in writing, teaching, or public history. In consultation with their advisors, students select a program of six courses at the 100- or 200-level that fall within their areas of historical interest. In addition to these six courses, the M.A. experience culminates in two capstone credits. Various options exist for the capstone, a tutorial-supervised learning opportunity designed to advance the student’s particular career aims. Those considering doctoral work would complete the capstone with a double-credit primary-source-based Master’s Thesis advised by a member of the faculty in consultation with the director of  graduate studies, or with two single-credit one-semester essays advised by two different supervisors. In the case of students who elect to write a year-long Master's thesis, there will be a thesis defense at the end of the year with a committee consisting of the thesis advisor and one other member of the department.

M.A. students must enroll in at least two graduate seminars over the course of their year at Brandeis.

Residency Requirement

Students admitted to the M.A. program must fulfill the Graduate School residence requirement of one full year of course work.

Language Requirement


There is no foreign language requirement for the terminal master’s degree.