How do I apply?
Applications may be made online. You must submit a completed application, official undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, essays and a resume no later than March 15. The GRE is not required. An interview is required of all applicants. Admission decisions will be announced in mid-April.
All students interested in the BA/MAief program are urged to carefully weigh the benefits and disadvantages of the five-year program before applying. Admissions decisions are made carefully and with the assumption that all students will complete the Lemberg program.
How will I finance the degree?
Expenses for tuition and other charges in your first year of the MAief Program are the same as they would be for your final year of undergraduate study. At the time of admission in the Lemberg MAief program, you will receive a scholarship agreement, which will indicate your award for the fifth and final year.
Please be aware that financial aid for the fifth year of study is traditionally less generous than undergraduate financial aid. Each student will be responsible for a significant portion of tuition in addition to all living expenses. If you are concerned about funding, you should speak with the Admissions Office before submitting your application.
U.S. students should expect to apply for federal loans through the Stafford program and through private loan agencies. International students may be eligible for a Brandeis loan. The three main sources of financial assistance available at the graduate level are: government loans and grants (federal and state), IBS institutional grants, and private foundations/corporations. You should explore all these sources of funding. Graduate support is based on merit, need, and the availability of funds.
U.S. students wishing to apply for federal financial assistance must complete a FAFSA form. The Office of Financial Aid also requires that you submit a signed copy of your parents' income tax return for the prior year. Parental information is required even if you meet the federal definition of independence.
Financial Aid Questions
All financial aid questions, particularly those about how to finance the fifth year, should be directed to the Office of Admission by calling x62252 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many students choose to study abroad to meet their International Experience requirement. This is coordinated through exchange agreements with affiliated foreign universities and financed differently from the usual undergraduate semester abroad.
Lemberg students who study under the auspices of the program at one of the affiliated foreign universities continue to pay Brandeis tuition. Students also pay for their living expenses abroad. Lemberg students receive a travel grant to help defray the cost of airfare to their destination and remain eligible for whatever financial aid they receive from Brandeis.