The deadline for all Ph.D. applications is January 15. Additional information and application forms for all Ph.D. programs may be obtained by contacting the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Ph.D. applicants are strongly encouraged to arrange an interview with faculty members in their area of interest. Applicants are considered on a competitive basis, and the number of students admitted each year is kept small, thus maintaining the tradition of collegial, medium-sized program in which students and faculty are closely associated and to ensure as high a level of financial support as possible.

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Doctoral Programs


NEJS faculty are leading scholars

Brandeis’ Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies is one of the oldest and largest programs of its type outside of the State of Israel. We have the largest faculty in Jewish Studies of any secular American university. At Brandeis you have the opportunity to study with the scholars who are, in many cases, the foremost experts in the world in their field. Our internationally renowned faculty has published dozens of books and hundreds of articles. Many are known throughout the world.

NEJS offers two doctoral options:

Special Notes Relating to Graduate Students
All NEJS graduate students (MA and PhD) are required to participate in a weekly graduate Proseminar during the fall semester and a biweekly noncredit Proseminar in the spring. The primary aims of the fall and spring Proseminars are to foster an intellectual and social community among NEJS graduate students, to introduce students to faculty members and methodologies of their respective fields, to develop their professional skills, and to provide opportunities for students to present their own papers and receive constructive feedback from peers and faculty.