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Graduate Programs in Psychology

About the Program

Brandeis University's Department of Psychology offers Ph.D. degrees in either cognitive neuroscience or social developmental psychology and a M.A. degree in general psychology. Ph.D. students in both areas can optionally include training in our Brain, Body and Behavior curriculum.

The Master of Arts program provides students with an understanding of the scientific foundations of psychology (social, developmental and cognitive), as well as direct research experience (experimental design, data collection, data analysis and research writing). Recent graduates of our master's program have gone on to pursuits such as doctoral programs, research assistants, clinical research coordinators, and project managers.

The goal of the Ph.D. program is to develop excellent researchers and teachers who will become leaders in psychological science. Dissertation supervisors are leaders in the field and pursue research in the following: motor control, visual perception, taste physiology and psychophysics, memory, learning, aging, child development, aggression, emotion, personality and cognition in adulthood and old age, social relations and health, stereotypes, and nonverbal communication.  Please be sure to visit the faculty pages link below to see the research interests of individual faculty members and the research areas represented in the department.

Please note that Brandeis does not offer graduate programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or linguistics.


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.: December 1; The Department of Psychology requires all application materials to be submitted by December 1 including letters of recommendation, test scores, and transcripts in order for your application to be given consideration. Please plan to submit your application far enough in advance to ensure that all your supporting materials will be attached to your application prior to the deadline.
M.A.: Rolling; review of applications will begin January 15 and continue until the incoming class is filled.

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;
  • Three letters of recommendation, submitted online;
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé;
  • statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the psychology program and your objectives in undertaking this program. Applicants to the doctoral program should outline their research interests and how they 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 can help them attain these goals.
  • Standardized tests:
    Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test is required. The GRE subject test is recommended, but not 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.