faculty-to-student ratio

There are currently 18 faculty members and 26 graduate students in the Ph.D. degree program. This favorable faculty-to-student ratio permits graduate training through an apprenticeship system in which students work in close collaboration with one or more faculty members.


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Doctoral Programs


New Application Deadline for Ph.D. Applications: December 1 (All application materials MUST be received by this date).

The Department of Psychology's doctoral program leads to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. There are two general areas of training within the Ph.D. program: (1) cognitive neuroscience and (2) social developmental psychology.  Students in both areas have the option of choosing the Brain, Body and Behavior curriculum to gain a deep biomedical perspective on their chosen area.

The goal of the Ph.D. program is to develop excellent researchers and teachers who will become leaders in psychological science. From the start of graduate study, research activity is emphasized. The program helps students develop an area of research specialization and gives them opportunities to work in their chosen area of training: social/developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience with an optional emphasis on brain, body and behavior.

In all areas, dissertation supervisors are leaders in the following areas: motor control, visual perception, taste physiology and psychophysics, memory, learning, aggression, emotion, personality and cognition in adulthood and old age, social relations and health, stereotypes and nonverbal communication. Please be sure to visit the research page to see the research interests of individual faculty members and the research areas represented in the department.

Please note that Brandeis does not offer graduate programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology or linguistics. 

Admissions and Financial Aid

The general requirements for admission to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences apply to candidates for admission to the Ph.D. program. An undergraduate major in psychology is not required. Students with inadequate preparation may make up their deficiencies during their first year but without residence credit. Students are admitted on a competitive basis, which includes evaluation of previous academic records, recommendations and results of the Graduate Record Examination (Aptitude and Psychology Achievement Tests). All graduate program applications are processed through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Full tuition and a 10 month stipend, which is competitive with those offered by other graduate programs, is available and may be renewed for up to five years. Supplemental summer research support, is also available to a limited number of students from faculty research grants.

Joint Degree of Master of Arts in Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies

The Joint Degree of Master of Arts in Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies is available to students accepted into the psychology doctoral program only. The program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore the study of women and gender from a psychological perspective. The curriculum includes required and elective courses from the Psychology Department's regular graduate offerings and from a multidisciplinary list of courses included in the Women's Studies Program. Courses offered as part of the Graduate Consortium in Women's studies at Radcliffe College are also available to Brandeis students. All graduate students in the various joint master's programs (i.e. anthropology, history, etc.) meet together for the Graduate Colloquium Series, a year-long set of lectures, seminars, performances and exhibitions.

Details about course requirements and other information can be found at the Women's and Gender Studies Web site.