Prospective Students

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Why Brandeis?

As a small research university just outside of Boston, Brandeis provides you with unique opportunities as a graduate student — one that emphasizes both inspired teaching and pioneering research.  The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis offers more than 40 graduate programs at the master’s, doctoral, and post-baccalaureate levels, plus many interdisciplinary graduate degree options and countless research opportunities.

Refer to the fields below for helpful information about the potential benefits of graduate work and what Brandeis has to offer.

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-What You can Gain from a Master's Degree-

Personal and Intellectual Growth
  • Opportunity to delve deeply into a subject you are passionate about. 

  • Gain a more complex and nuanced understanding of your field of interest.

  • Chance to engage and network with classmates who share your fervor for the subject.  

  • For a list of the master’s program offerings at Brandeis, please visit this link.

Preparation for Doctoral Work
  • Strengthens your application for doctoral study.

  • Helps you develop research, presentation, and writing skills necessary for doctoral study.

  • For information about doctoral programs at Brandeis, follow this link.

Employment Marketability and Career Advancement
  • Master’s degree is replacing a bachelor’s as the minimum degree requirement for some fields (i.e. social services, public affairs).

  • Establishes you as a more competitive job candidate.

  • Shows employers a true interest, commitment, and high level of discipline in a given field— as a result, they may be more willing to invest in you.

  • Provides sought after skills, such as the ability to approach problems with intellectual curiosity and complex thinking.

  • Financial Gain:  Master’s degree holders average a 30% higher annual salary than individuals with only a bachelor’s.

Opportunity to Change Careers
  • Opportunity to study a field different from that which you studied during your undergraduate work.

  • Provides you with the skills and background needed to make such a career change.

  • Many programs, such as our post-baccalaureate degree in premedical studies, and our 4-semester M.A. program in computer science, are geared specifically towards career changers.


-Doctoral Degrees-

Overview

It is important to determine if your desired career path will require a Ph.D., as it differs from field to field.  In the academic setting, a Ph.D. is required for any permanent academic positions.  In the nonacademic sector, while a Ph.D. may not be required, it can enhance your qualifications and earning potential in public and private organizations.  Additionally, the emphasis that Brandeis programs place on teaching, individual research, writing, and presentations gives students valuable skills which are transferable to many career paths. 

Some Basic Facts about Doctoral Work
  • Typically takes about 4-8 years to complete:

    • 2-3 years of coursework and the remainder spent writing a dissertation.

  • Requires extensive research beyond that expected of a master's degree.

Funding
  • Differs from that for master's degrees:  Ph.D. students at Brandeis are typically fully funded, plus a stipend; master's students often receive partial tuition scholarships.

  • Most Ph.D. students at Brandeis enroll full-time and are funded for 5 years.

  • For more detailed information about financial aid, please visit the financial aid website.


-What Next?-

Some Things to Think about When Looking at Graduate Programs
  • What are your career goals?

  • Will a graduate degree help you meet those goals?

  • What are your interests/what do you want to specialize in?

    • Unlike undergraduate majors, which are typically broad, graduate degrees are more specialized.  It is important that you research specialization areas within your field of interest.
  • Am I ready?

    • A graduate degree requires a commitment of time and focus.  You will be expected to perform at a high academic level and to manage multiple projects and assignments at once.  If you have questions regarding the curriculum or rigor of a particular program here at Brandeis, please visit the information page for your program of interest, which can be found here.