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Brandeis University's M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Politics emphasize linkages among the patterns of American political development, contemporary American politics, and the politics of other developed and developing democratic systems. The graduate curriculum also addresses the advanced industrial democracies of Western Europe, the democratizing states of Eastern Europe, and the international political, economic, and military-security relations among these states. Substantive emphasis is on the politics of democratic and democratizing regimes. Our program is distinguished by methodological emphasis on analytical case study, including comparative case study rather than abstract mathematical modeling or statistical analysis. Ph.D. students receive training in each of the major subfields of political science, including both qualitative and quantitative research methods, through graduate-level “field seminars."
The graduate program features instruction in small seminars under close faculty supervision, supervised independent study within the program, and the opportunity to incorporate work in related and relevant fields, for example, economics, history, and sociology.
- Ph.D. in Politics (full-time)
- M.A. in Politics (full- and part-time)
For the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please click here.
We encourage you to explore one of the department’s greatest assets through our faculty pages. Learn more about the people who will help guide you along your graduate school path here.
Consortium: Our membership in the Boston consortium allows you to take courses at Tufts University, Boston University, and Boston College, thus enhancing your Brandeis experience and the spirit of collaboration which Brandeis embodies.
Student Services: At Brandeis, you will become part of a community that is strengthened by life both within and outside of the classroom and laboratory walls. Please visit Student Services to see the array of University resources, events, and programming for graduate students, including our Graduate Student Services Center, Off-Campus Housing, Health Insurance, English as a Second Language (ESL) program, Disability Resources, Counseling Center, Career Services, and the Graduate Student Association.
Ph.D.: Jan. 15
M.A.: Rolling until class is filled; Applications received by Jan. 15 will be given priority.
To apply for the program, you need to submit:
- An application to the graduate school, which can be electronically submitted here;
- An application fee (please click here for instructions);
- Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended; applicants must provide a final transcript indicating successful completion of an undergraduate degree program before registration;
- Three letters of recommendation, which the admissions committee prefers to be submitted online (please click here for more information);
- A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume;
- A 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. Applicants to the doctoral program should also indicate how their 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 and IELTS scores, and important information regarding visas, please click here.
For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please click here.
Generous financial aid is available; for more information please click here.