Master's Degree Program

The master's degree program leads to a terminal Master of Arts degree in general psychology. The program provides students with an understanding of the scientific foundations of psychology (social, developmental and cognitive), as well as direct research experience (experimental design, data collection, data analysis and research writing). Students may enroll in the program on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students are expected to complete the degree in one year. Recent graduates of our master's program have gone on to pursuits such as doctoral programs, research assistants, clinical research coordinators and project managers.

Please visit the research page to see the research interests of individual faculty members and the research areas represented in the department.

Candidates are also strongly encouraged to review the list of possible master's thesis topics and to indicate in their statement of purpose at least three topics that they may be interested in working on for their master's thesis.


Applications are accepted on a continuous basis with rolling admission. Review of applications will begin January 15 and continue until May 15 or until the incoming class is filled. We permit fall acceptance only. All graduate program applications are processed through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). Please visit the GSAS Web site for application requirements and the application process. Students who would like to continue their studies toward a Ph.D. must apply for admission to that program.

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.