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To enable qualified students to attend Brandeis, the graduate school has a need-based scholarship fund that allows a partial reduction in the cost of tuition and fees.

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Admission and Financial Aid

Admission to the graduate programs in the NEJS 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 NEJS department through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Admission Requirements

To apply for all programs, you need to submit:

  • An online application;
  • An application fee (please click here for more information);
  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions;
  • Three letters of recommendation, submitted online. The B.A./M.A. program requires only one letter of recommendation.
  • curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé;
  • statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the academic program and your objectives in undertaking this program.
  • Writing Sample not exceeding 35 pages; the 35-page maximum may consist of a single critical essay or two shorter essays of approximately equal length.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) recommended, but not required. Our ETS institution code is 3092.
    Note: For joint Ph.D. NEJS/Sociology program the GRE IS required.

International students:  For additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas, please click here.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.


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.

Ph.D. students normally receive full scholarship support from the university, along with a stipend and health insurance for five years. Many of our master’s degree students also receive partial scholarship support that is based upon a combination of need and academic merit. Learn about the specifics of financial assistance through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.