Brandeis University’s Master of Arts in Global Studies focuses on the dynamic interplay of diverse global processes (whereas an international relations program would study exchanges between nations, multi-/bilateral agreements, and diplomacy). Our graduate program offers students advanced training in a global studies concentration and independent research leading to a Master's thesis. Students are exposed to a broad range of electives taught by our faculty experts and have flexibility in designing one's own curriculum and thesis to match their own interests, though students are encouraged to consider following one of three tracks:

Program Highlights

Degree Options

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Faculty

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Courses and Degree Requirements

The degree involves a minimum of one academic year in which students complete eight courses and a master’s thesis. The curriculum includes two core courses, one graduate level course in methodology, and four electives, which vary according to track or specialty. For the most updated course listings, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please visit the Registrar's website.

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How to Apply

Application Deadlines

MA: Fall semester (starts in late August) — rolling through May 1; application review begins January 15
BA/MA (for current Brandeis undergraduate students): Brandeis juniors: May 1

Admission Requirements

To apply for the program, you need to submit:

  • An online application;

  • An application fee (waived for the BA/MA program);

  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page;

  • Two letters of recommendation, submitted electronically (note: the BA/MA requires only one letter of recommendation);

  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé;

  • A statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study and your qualifications for the academic program. The statement of purpose should clearly describe your interest in Global Studies, especially the subfield and issues that will constitute the focus of your coursework and research. You should also discuss your plans for a professional or academic career and how the program in Global Studies can help you achieve these goals (note: BA/MA students should also indicate how they will complete their bachelor's degree requirements in the first year of the program);

  • Written work: Please submit a sample of critical writing not to exceed 35 pages; the 35-page maximum may consist of a single paper or two shorter essays of approximately equal length;

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required for MA, waived for the BA/MA program. Our GRE institution code is 3092 (please note: this institution code only applies to GRE scores); 

  • International applicants: Additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas. If you are submitting TOEFL scores, please note that our TOEFL institution code is 3261.

Foreign Language Requirement: All Global Studies students must have advanced training in a foreign language (defined as at least one level beyond the graduation requirement at Brandeis). In cases where students lack sufficient language training, they can satisfy this requirement by an intensive summer course (either the semester before or after the residence year), by taking the corresponding course at Brandeis (as an additional course), or by private study and a qualifying language examination at the end of the second semester.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Generous scholarships and financial aid are available; for more information, please visit our Financial Aid page.

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Careers and Alumni

In the Global Studies graduate program, you will become a marketable global thinker with extensive research and writing skills. Alumni may focus on anything from economic development to global health to higher education. Potential career paths include working as an advocacy coordinator, market researcher, news analyst, and public interest advocate. Opportunities for a Global Studies graduate can be found within the U.S. or abroad. Additionally, alumni interested in pursuing a doctoral program in a related area will be able to acquire extra qualifications with a master’s degree. More information is available on the department's website.