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"I am the biggest cheerleader for the Brandeis NEJS department that I know. It is because of my work there that I have become the scholar I wanted to be. I owe a great debt of gratitude to Brandeis." --Jeffrey Stackert, PhD '06, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, University of Chicago Divinity School

Why Earn a Ph.D. in NEJS?

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NEJS Professor Sylvia Fishman, Joseph and Esther Foster Professor in Judaic Studies

A Ph.D. affords you a unique opportunity to master a field of knowledge as well as make an original contribution to the fields within Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. We feel that our Ph.D. program gives you more than just a degree: we give students an opportunity to work and share ideas with faculty who may become lifelong mentors; a community of students with whom, and from whom, you can learn; and techniques that are required to perform substantial research in a field about which you're passionate.

Work with Renowned Faculty

Interact closely with world-class faculty whose commitment to innovative scholarship, teaching, and mentorship has had far-reaching impact.  

  • Our faculty's work has garnered numerous prestigious awards: MacArthur Genius Grant, National Jewish Book Award, Martin E. Marty Public Understanding of Religion Award, Marshall Sklare Award for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, Salo W. Baron Book Prize, Ben Halpern Dissertation Award, and more.
  • The small student-faculty ratio fosters close advising and strong mentorship relationships. Dedicated faculty train students in their respective fields and provide opportunities for research, teaching experience, and professional service.

Conduct Original Research

The Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department leverages the scholarly diversity of a top-tier research university and brings research to new levels-- the department's support of rigorous research presents a wealth of opportunities.

Enhance your Knowledge

The NEJS department trains scholars for academic positions and nonacademic careers in three distinct areas: Jewish Studies, Bible and Ancient Near East, and Arabic and Islamic Civilization.

  • Our breadth of specializations invites collaboration and increases the likelihood of innovation and impact. Thriving collaborations with departments across the university and the aforementioned Jewish study centers foster far-reaching studies. 
  • Brandeis' graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences complement and overlap with NEJS and promotes interdisciplinarity, including politics, history, sociology, and English literature.