Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Student Guide

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Student Guide is available by section below. The Guide is designed to be a resource throughout your time at Brandeis University and contains sections that will be pertinent on various occasions throughout your time here.

Please note that the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Student Guide supplements the University’s Rights and Responsibilities Handbook and the Office of the University Registrar’s Bulletin.

Welcome to Campus

  • GSAS New Student Orientation
  • Departmental Offices
  • Change of Address and Personal Data

Academic Status and Regulations

  • Admission and Readmission
  • Registering for the Fall and Spring Semesters
  • Summer Term Registration
  • Academic Residence Requirements
  • Inactive Student Statuses
  • Time to Degree
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Voluntary Withdrawal
  • Involuntary Withdrawal
  • Academic Grievance Procedure

Office of the University Registrar

  • Auditing Courses
  • Dropping Courses or Changing Grading Option
  • Grades and Course Standards
  • Incompletes
  • Graduate Cross-Registration
  • Credit for Work Done Elsewhere
  • Transcripts

Financial Information

  • Student Billing
  • Financial Assistance
  • GSAS Awards for Master’s and Doctoral Candidates
  • Stipend Payments

Student Services, Workshops, Career Services, and Family Friendly Policies

  • Disability Services on Campus
  • Graduate Student Affairs
  • Graduate Student Association
  • On-Campus Student Employment
  • Reading Foreign Language Courses
  • Career Services for Graduate Students
  • Maternity Leave
  • Lactation Rooms and Child Care
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Class Cancellations
  • Library and Technology Services

Completing Your Program

  • Application for Graduate Degree
  • Master’s Thesis Requirement
  • Dissertation and Thesis Completion Workshops
  • Qualifying Exams and Language Requirements
  • Dissertation Policies
  • Commencement Ceremony
  • Obtaining Your Diploma