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Graduate Programs in History



About the Program

Brandeis University's M.A. and Ph.D. programs in History train students to research, write, and teach history at the highest level. Our program is designed to meet the varied academic and professional needs of graduate students, with flexible requirements that encourage students to define their own courses of study within a curriculum of comparative and transnational history. Students study many areas of world history, including our departmental strengths in American and European history, in a program that consistently receives high marks in national surveys and rankings and boasts an outstanding placement record.

The Department of History combines the best of both worlds: the intimacy of a small liberal-arts college department and the intellectual strength of a major research institution, just outside of Boston with its wealth of extensive historical resources. Our department offers students a comprehensive, flexible, and vibrant curriculum in an environment that is small enough to encourage intensive work with world-class faculty members, including several award-winning historians. We invite you to explore more.

Faculty

We encourage you to explore one of the department’s greatest assets through our faculty pages.

Courses and Degree Requirements

For the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please visit the Registrar.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines:

Ph.D.: January 15
M.A.: Rolling through April 30; review of applications begins January 15

Admission Requirements:

To apply for the program, you need to submit:

  • An online application
  • An application fee (please click here for more information)
  • 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 Frequently Asked Questions.
  • curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé
  • Two letters of recommendation, submitted electronically;
  • statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the academic program and your objectives in undertaking this program. The statement should clearly outline the historical problems or themes you intend to investigate. The statement should also indicate how your research interests would complement those of the faculty. Applicants to the master's program should discuss their academic and professional career plans and how the Graduate School could help them attain their goals.
  • Critical writing sample not exceeding 35 pages; the 35-page maximum may consist of a single critical essay or two shorter essays of approximately equal length.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test is required. Our ETS institution code is 3092.

International students:  For additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas, please click here.

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

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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

Careers and Alumni

Students and alumni can work closely with Career Services for an array of resources, including CV/resume help, job search, and networking.