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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
Malcolm (Mick) Watson, the George and Frances Levin Professor of Psychology, was appointed Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2010. Prior to his appointment as dean, Mick was twice chair of the Department of Psychology, where he has been actively teaching since 1977. Mick’s research and publications have been funded by grants from NIMH and NICHD. His research focuses on the antecedents of aggression and violence among children and adolescents. He was formerly a member of the MacArthur Network on Transitions in Early Childhood.
Dean Watson 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.