Aid for Master's Students
An investment in a master’s degree can enhance your skills in the workplace, make you more marketable, and increase your salary. For students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree, the master’s at Brandeis provides an important credential. It is important to determine the value that you place on such a degree: is this program credential-building professional development, or is it preparation for further study? With your goals in mind, our Office of Financial Aid will work with you to help you to realize the greatest return on your educational investment.
Available sources of financial support for master's students may include the following:
Outside Sources of Funding (non-Brandeis aid)
All awards are contingent on the conditions set out annually in the University Bulletin, including (but not limited to) satisfactory academic progress and changes in student status.
Most of our master’s students receive generous scholarships in the form of merit- and need-based aid. Often awarded at the time of admission, these scholarships do not require a separate application unless noted for a particular program. These awards are made to both international students and U.S. citizens. Scholarships usually provide partial tuition and may be supplemented by low-interest government loans.With a few exceptions, our master’s programs allow you to enroll part-time, thus giving you the ability to continue working and pay tuition on a course-by-course basis. Scholarships are typically available for part-time students as well, which can greatly reduce your out-of-pocket costs.
Scholarship availability and amounts may vary by department. All awards are granted and accepted with the understanding that the student must maintain a superior level of academic progress. Ordinarily, no student may hold a scholarship, fellowship or assistantship for more than two years of study for the master's degree, more than three years for the M.F.A. degree.
Brandeis alumni/seniors: We are proud to offer a $10,000 scholarship for Brandeis undergraduate alumni (or current Brandeis seniors who have their bachelor's degree by the time they start a master's program) who are admitted into most GSAS master's programs. Please go here for more information.
City Year alumni/ staff (who meet eligibility requirements) can receive up to $9,500 in scholarship aid for one of 13 of our graduate programs, in addition to an application fee waiver. Applicants will be considered for additional merit-based awards depending on the strength of the application. Please go here for more information.
AmeriCorps alumni (who meet eligibility requirements) can receive up to $9,500 in scholarship aid for one of our many master's programs, in addition to an application fee waiver. Applicants will be considered for additional need-based awards as well if the relevant need-based aid applications are submitted. Questions should be sent to Katharine Linnehan.
Need-based scholarships are available on a limited basis to qualifying students who are enrolled at least half-time (6 credits per semester). Students apply for a need-based scholarship by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Brandeis code is 002133. We encourage applicants to fill out the FAFSA at the same time they apply to their graduate program. The FAFSA may be used to consider students for both need-based scholarships and federal loans (see below). Award amount varies, but the maximum offer for master's students is $9,500; The maximum offer for M.A.T. students is $5,700.
International students will need to complete the International Student Application for Financial Aid to apply for need-based scholarships.
There will be partial fee waivers for the extended master's fee under the following circumstances: (1) students completing a thesis or final paper only and not registered for any content course or independent study; (2) students finishing an incomplete and not registered for any content course or independent study; (3) students serving as Course Assistants for Arts and Sciences.
A fellowship is an academic award of honor to outstanding students to help them in furthering advanced study, research, and training in teaching. A small number of master’s programs offer fellowships to their students (please check with your department of interest to see if they award fellowships).
Often awarded at the time of admission, fellowships do not require a separate application unless noted for a particular program. Both international and U.S. applicants are considered for departmental fellowships. A fellowship recipient must pay tuition unless the award includes a scholarship in an amount covering tuition. Fellowships are paid to students every two weeks in the form of a stipend check.
All awards are granted and accepted with the understanding that the student must maintain a superior level of academic progress. Ordinarily, no student may hold a fellowship for more than two years of study for the master’s or more than three years for the M.F.A. Priority in making fellowship awards is given to full-time students.
Research and/or course assistantships are available in several master’s programs, especially the sciences (please check with your department of interest to see if it awards assistantships and what the work component may entail). Often awarded at the time of admission, assistantships do not require a separate application unless noted for a particular program. Both international U.S. applicants are considered for assistantships. Assistantships are paid to students biweekly in the form of a stipend check.
All awards are granted and accepted with the understanding that the student must maintain a superior level of academic progress. Ordinarily, no student may hold an assistantship for more than two years of study for the master’s or more than three years for the M.F.A.
Please click here for more information including step-by-step instructions on how to apply for federal and other loans.
Master's students may work on campus to earn additional money during their time at Brandeis. Student Financial Services hosts a large database of on-campus jobs that are available to all students enrolled half-time or more. This is often an excellent way of supplementing your income. We advise you to check with faculty advisers and current students in your program to see how much time may be available to you for on-campus employment.
- Grant search: SPIN Network—Brandeis’ Office of Sponsored Programs
- Scholarship search: FastWeb
- Calculators, repayment schedules, deferment and consolidation information: U.S. Department of Education Direct Loans
- Financial Aid Information Page
Federal regulations require that a student receiving federal assistance make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with standards set by the university. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences delegates the responsibility to monitor academic progress to the individual graduate programs. Admission to the Graduate School is valid for one academic year; graduate programs review students' academic progress and make recommendations for readmission annually. Any student who is readmitted for the following year is considered to be making satisfactory academic progress and is eligible for financial aid from federal sources.
Students receiving financial aid from Brandeis University, whether in the form of a scholarship, fellowship, or teaching/research assistantship, are required to maintain a superior level of academic progress. Awards may be revoked or reduced at any time for undesirable conduct or poor academic standing.