faculty-to-student ratio

There are currently 18 faculty members and 24 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. Training within the Ph.D. program focuses on Brain, Body, and Behavior Across the Lifespan. Students may elect to specialize in a number of different research areas, including:

  • Cortical-hippocampal interactions in learning
  • Face perception and nonverbal communication
  • Learning and memory
  • Motor control and spatial orientation
  • Personality and cognition in adulthood and old age
  • Social and affective Neuroscience
  • Social relations and health
  • Taste physiology and psychophysics
  • Visual perception

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.

Individuals who are members of historically under-represented groups and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Brandeis University is committed to non-discrimination. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences admission website is accessible to users with screen readers and other assistive devices. Graduate student support policies and resources are posted on this website: http://www.brandeis.edu/acserv/disabilities/graduatestudents.html

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.