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 Program

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 PhD program focuses on Brain, Body, and Behavior Across the Lifespan. Students may elect to specialize in a number of different research areas, including:

  • Face perception and nonverbal communication
  • Learning and memory
  • Motor control and spatial orientation
  • Neurophysiology of learning and decision making
  • Personality and cognition in adulthood and old age
  • Social, cultural and affective neuroscience
  • Social relations and health physiology
  • Speech comprehension and memory
  • 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.

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.

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 the Academic Services website.

Boston Area Graduate Consortium

All full-time graduate students may enroll in one graduate course per term at Boston College, Boston University, or Tufts University. Information on courses for cross-registration is available on the Graduate School’s webpage for the Boston Area Graduate Consortium.

A student at Brandeis who wishes to enroll in a graduate course at one of the host institutions should obtain a registration permit from the Office of the University Registrar and should present this permit to the office of the registrar of the host institution. The student should consult with the instructor of the particular course and should expect to satisfy the prerequisites and requirements normally required for admission to the course, including adherence to the academic calendar of that course. The transfer of credit to Brandeis for work done elsewhere requires approval by the student’s program, the associate dean for graduate education and a grade of B-minus or better.