- Completed online master's degree application
New applicants should use the "Create an Account" option to begin your application process. If you can’t complete your application in one sitting, use the “Save and Complete Later” function. When you have more time, log in (returning users) to finish your application. You will receive a confirmation number when the application is submitted.
If you have applied for admissions to a master's degree program, you may login to view the progress of your application file. You may also contact your Enrollment Advisor or the GPS admissions office.
Nonrefundable application fee of $50: The application fee may be paid online during the online application process via the university's secured server. The university accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards. You may also mail a check to the GPS office.
A four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or equivalent.
Official transcript(s) from every college or university attended: Transcript(s) must be submitted in sealed, signed envelopes and mailed directly from your institution to the Division of Graduation Professional Studies admissions office.
Resumé or curriculum vitae
Statement of Goals
Letter of recommendation
TOEFL, IELTS or PTE (for non-native English speakers)
Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not graduated with a bachelor’s degree from an English-speaking institution in Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, or South Africa must take and submit scores for the TOEFL or IELTS, with guidelines and exceptions noted below. Test scores should be no more than five years old.
Strong communication skills including the abilities to read and write effectively in English are essential for student success in our programs, particularly our distance learning programs. The purpose of these requirements is to ensure that students are equipped to participate in and perform the work required by their courses.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL, with a minimum of 24 on each of the four sub-scores; (or 600 on the paper-based (PBT) TOEFL with a minimum of 58 on the reading and writing sub-scores, and a 4.5 or higher on the essay writing score (TWE).
IELTS (International English language Testing System): Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 on the individual band scores for academic reading and academic writing.
PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic): Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 68 on the PTE Academic English Language Proficiency test.
All submitted score records must include the segmented point distribution among the parts of the test, along with the total. Scores should be sent directly to the Division of Graduate Professional Studies, using the institutional code 0253.
Exceptions are made for applicants whose bachelor’s degree was earned in many “American Universities”, such as American University in Cairo or AU in Paris, among others.
Education Credential Evaluation (if bachelor's degree was earned outside the United States)
Applicants who earned their bachelor's degree outside the United States must submit their records for a course-by-course evaluation (official transcripts/mark sheets) by Education Credential Evaluators (ECE) of Madison, Wisc. Information regarding the evaluation process is detailed at the ECE Web site. Applicants are responsible for the evaluation fee.
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Tuition & Payment Options
2013-2014 Academic Year Tuition and Fees (Fall 2013 - Summer 2014)
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Graduate course (three credits)
Late Registration Fee
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Acceptable forms of payment include:
- Personal check
- Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards
- Electronic bank draft
Students must be prepared to pay tuition in full. Student registration will not be considered complete unless full payment of tuition and fees is received.
Course Withdrawal and Refund Policy
Students who wish to cancel their registration and receive a tuition refund must state their intention to withdraw by withdrawing from their course online using SAGE or by completing a Course Drop Form and submitting it to Brandeis GPS. Tuition will be refunded according to the following schedule:
- Withdrawal before the first Wednesday of the term, 100 percent refund
- Withdrawal between the first Wednesday and following Tuesday of the term, 75 percent refund
- Withdrawal on or after the second Wednesday of the term, no refund
- Late Registration Fees are nonrefundable in all cases
Students who wish to receive a refund must submit a request using the Credit Release Form
. Otherwise, the amount will remain on the student's account and be applied toward a future tuition payment. Refunds will be in the form of a check and processed within 10 business days. When applicable, refund policies of the state where online learning students reside will be used to calculate any applicable refunds. Click here for state policies.
Some students may be eligible for an income-tax deduction or a tax credit. Consult the appropriate state or federal agency or your own tax adviser for further information.
GPS students may be eligible for federal loans as long as they are enrolled in a master's program, registered for at least two courses each term and actively working toward completing their degree requirements. We do not offer financial assistance in the form of Federal Work-Study, teaching assistantships or other grants. A variety of federal loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, may be available to GPS students who meet the above enrollment criteria. The Unsubsidized Stafford loan is not need or credit based, however, the Graduate PLUS loan is credit based.
All students who wish to apply for financial aid must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, and notify GPS in writing of the date on which the FAFSA form is submitted. When completing the FAFSA form, students should list Brandeis University (federal code 002133) as a recipient of the data.
Students requesting financial aid also must complete a Federal Direct Stafford Loan Application for Graduate Professional Studies. This form must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Services before the start of the term so that loan funds may be applied.
2013-2014 Federal Direct Stafford Loan Application for Graduate Professional Studies (PDF)
If a student would like to apply for a Graduate PLUS loan in addition to the Stafford loan, you can follow the instructions on the Office of Student Financial Services webpage: http://www.brandeis.edu/sfs/loans/GradPLUSAppIns.html
Students who are enrolled in only one class a semester, or who take classes as a non-degree student, may still be eligible for private loans. Private loans are always credit based. To see which loan programs you could be eligible for, we recommend using the website https://borrowsmart.afford.com/brs/ to compare loan options. We strongly suggest that students also do their own research on private loans as well.
For more information about loan options and eligibility, please contact Francine Davis in the Office of Student Financial Services at (781)736-3713. We also highly suggest reviewing the Graduate and Professional Studies Financial Aid Instruction Sheet form for detailed loan application instructions.
Additional Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement for Students Receiving Financial Aid
Federal regulations require that a student receiving federal assistance make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with standards set by the university. The Division of Graduate Professional Studies is responsible for monitoring academic progress within its graduate programs. To receive federal funding, a student must successfully complete two courses (B- or higher) in each semester in which he or she receives federal loans. If he or she fails to successfully complete two courses in a semester in which he or she receives federal loans, he or she will be allowed to receive federal loans for the next semester but will be placed on probation. If he or she fails to successfully complete two courses during the probationary semester, he or she will lose eligibility for federal loans from this point forward. A student may submit an appeal if there are extenuating circumstances that prevented him or her from successfully completing coursework for two subsequent semesters.
Many employers offer some form of tuition reimbursement to their employees. Contact your company to determine tuition benefits. Please be advised that tuition reimbursement constitutes a private arrangement between employer and employee. Full payment of tuition and fees must be received upon registration, regardless of the terms of such an arrangement between the employee and employer. If you need a financial statement for reimbursement purposes, you may submit a request online using the Request Itemized Statement form.
Once you have submitted an application for admission, your application will be processed within 24 to 48 hours of receipt. However, your application file will not be reviewed for admission until the Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) office has received all required documents.
If you have applied for admissions to a master's degree program, you may login to GPS Application Management Center to view the progress of your application. You may also contact your Enrollment Advisor or the GPS admissions office.
The admissions committee typically makes admissions decisions within four to six weeks of receiving a completed file. Decision letters are mailed to all applicants.
How many letters of recommendation are required?
Only one letter of recommendation from an employer/supervisor or instructor is required. You may submit additional letters of recommendation if you wish.
Are the GREs or GMATs required for admission?
When can I apply for admission?
GPS offers rolling admission, so apply anytime. However, we do have recommended deadlines for each semester: July 15th for Fall, Nov. 15th for Spring and March 15th for Summer.
If you decide to take courses without enrolling, you can wait until the end of the second course to apply for a degree program.
Do I have to enroll in a GPS course prior to applying to a program?
No, you may apply for admission without enrolling in a GPS course. Please refer to the Apply for a Master's Degree page for eligibility requirements.
I completed my undergraduate degree outside the United States. Must I have my marksheets/transcripts evaluated?
Yes, all students who studied outside of the United States must complete a course-by-course evaluation through Educational Credential Evaluators. If you completed a graduate degree at a U.S.-accredited institution, you will not be required to complete a course-by-course evaluation of your undergraduate degree.
I have my own copy of my transcripts. Is this acceptable to submit for admission?
No, only official copies of transcripts sent directly from your college/university in sealed, signed envelopes to the Graduate Professional Studies offices are acceptable. If you studied outside of the United States, notarized copies of your official transcript may be accepted.
Are the programs offered by GPS full-time or part-time?
GPS programs are only offered part time, with courses available in the evenings (on campus) or online.
How long does it take to receive an admissions decision?
Admissions decisions are typically reached by the Admissions Committee within four to six weeks of receiving a completed application.