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"The NEJS Master's program is excellent at focusing on a scholar's strengths and encouraging an internal confidence that allows for one's best performance." --Chelsie May, MA'14, PhD student at the University of Chicago

Why an M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies?

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Professor David Wright, Bible and Ancient Near East

A master's degree offers you the opportunity to learn more about a subject about which you're passionate, to enhance your credentials for jobs in a field in which you're interested, to prepare yourself for a Ph.D.-- or even to help you to make a career change. We believe that our Master's in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS) gives you more than just a degree: we offer students opportunities to work with renowned faculty who mentor and inspire, to research academic areas that resonate with you, and to prepare you for your next step in academia or the workforce.

Study with Renowned Faculty

NEJS students interact closely with our internationally renowned faculty, whose commitment to innovative scholarship, teaching, and mentorship nurtures students' ideas into productive life. 

  • Our faculty's work has garnered prestigious awards, including: the 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 mentoring. Dedicated faculty train students in their respective fields and help students prepare to meet their future goals.

Research in Bible and Ancient Near East, Jewish Studies, and Arabic and Islamic Civilizations

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 provides a wealth of opportunities. Learn more:

Increase your Job Prospects and Ph.D. Preparation

The Brandeis Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Master's degree hones critical skills leading to a variety of next steps. Graduate students are positioned for success whether headed to premier Ph.D. programs - University of Chicago, Harvard, Yale, and New York University among them - or for a wide range of careers including communal service, government service, the diplomatic corps, and Jewish settings, from schools and museums to community organizations. It may also serve as a stepping stone to a professional degree, such as rabbinic ordination. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' Office of Career Services offers an array of services to help with students' next steps. 

Receive a Scholarship

Generous merit- and need-based scholarships are available to help students afford a Master's program. Merit scholarships through the department can range from $10,000 to $30,000. Need-based scholarships are based on a student's FAFSA or International Student Financial Aid form; more information is available through the Graduate School.