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Welcome to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
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.
As the Dean of the Graduate School, Mick oversees the nearly 900 domestic and international students pursuing more than 40 different graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs. Brandeis’ 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.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is one of four graduate schools on campus; due to the relatively small size of the graduate programs, our faculty and staff members are able to give individualized attention to ensure that students receive rigorous training and mentored support as they master a discipline and prepare for future careers. 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.”
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, like the university, is deeply committed to its social mission. That means, in particular, a vigorous attempt to recruit graduate students that have historically been underrepresented in particular disciplines. It also means a commitment to promote a greater role in society; while many of our graduates will pursue academic careers, many more will choose an alternative career — in government service, in the private sector and in other national and international spheres.
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.