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Welcome to the Graduate School
of Arts and Sciences
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is one of four graduate schools at Brandeis University, which was founded in 1948 and named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis. As his namesake, the university reflects the high intellectual standards, integrity, and commitment to social justice that Brandeis personified. As Albert Einstein remarked at the time of the university's founding, "Brandeis is a name that cannot merely be adopted. It is one that must be achieved." After its founding, Brandeis quickly established an international reputation through prominent early faculty members such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Leonard Bernstein, and through the election to the distinguished Association of American Universities, comprising the leading research universities in the U.S. and Canada.
In the Graduate School's first year (1953), 42 students were registered in four areas of study: chemistry, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, music composition, and psychology. Today, Brandeis has more than 900 graduate students in over 40 programs, with more than 6,500 alumni worldwide.
Due to the relatively small size of the graduate programs, our faculty and staff members are able to give individualized attention to ensure that Ph.D., master's, and postbaccalaureate students receive rigorous training and mentored support as they master a discipline and prepare for future careers. Brandeis’ highly selective admission process ensures that each student’s goals, interest, and preparation fit with what the university’s graduate programs have to offer. Our graduate programs are distinguished by their pioneering courses and by the cross-disciplinary collaborations that occur between programs both at Brandeis and in the Boston area. Brandeis graduate students are eligible to cross-register for courses at Boston College, Boston University, Tufts University, and the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at MIT. Brandeis is also a member of the Boston Library Consortium, composed of 12 academic and research institutions in the Boston area.
GSAS by the Numbers
|Master's & postbaccalaureate students||430|
|Students from U.S.||715|
|Students from outside of U.S. (47 countries)||228|
Faculty members are honored annually with Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, National Institutes of Health and other national and international awards, professional memberships and National Science Foundation Grants. Several faculty members are recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a “Genius Grant.” For more information about our 415 faculty members, including Pulitzer Prize winners and members of leading scientific academies, please visit our Faculty Guide.
There are more than 6,500 GSAS alums worldwide. Our alumni stand out in a wide variety of fields, ranging from the sciences to arts and humanities. While many of our graduates pursue academic careers, many more choose an alternative career — in government service, in the private sector, and in other national and international spheres. Visit Brandeis' Alumni Services page to connect with our esteemed alumni.
About the Dean
Eric Chasalow, an award-winning composer and the Irving Fine Professor of Music, was appointed Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2014. Since becoming part of the Brandeis faculty in 1990, Eric has shared his passion for electro-acoustic and traditional music composition with the Brandeis community, serving as chair of the music department from 1996-2002. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in theory, composition, and electronic music, Eric serves as the director of the internationally recognized Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio (BEAMS). His reach also extends beyond the music department: Eric recently completed a two-year term as chair of the Faculty Senate and has served on both the strategic planning steering committee (2012-13) and Provost’s University Advisory Committee (2011-13).
Dean Chasalow encourages you to explore the graduate school’s many interdisciplinary degree options and countless research opportunities. Please be in touch with any questions that you may have.