Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is there a joint BA/MA degree?

The five-year bachelor's/master's program is designed to enable exceptional Brandeis undergraduates to earn two degrees simultaneously during their period of study at Brandeis (with one additional year).

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Does the program affect the BA requirements?

Requirements for the bachelor's degree, defined by the College of Arts and Sciences, remain unaffected by participation in this program.

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What is the timetable?

Students who successfully complete the five-year program will receive the bachelor's degree at the end of the fourth year and will register in the Graduate School in their fifth year.

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How do I qualify for admission to the NEJS BA/MA?

To qualify for admission to the program, students must have spent at least two years in residence at Brandeis, and must complete all BA requirements, including NEJS major requirements, by the end of their fourth year.

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How do I apply?

You will apply electronically at the GSAS website, normally no later than May 1 of your junior year. Please be sure to answer yes to the question, "Are you a current student?" so you will not be charged an application fee. In addition to the electronic application, you must also submit:

  1. undergraduate transcripts of work completed to date

  2. a statement of purpose (may be submitted electronically)

  3. one letter of recommendation from a professor with whom you have studied in your proposed area of specialty

  4. a proposed course of study, outlining specifically how all outstanding undergraduate degree requirements will be met

You will be notified of the Dean's decision regarding admission by June 15.

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Can I apply any of my undergraduate courses?

Students accepted into the program may apply toward the master's degree up to seven NEJS courses (or approved cross-listed courses) numbered 100 or above in which they have received at least the grade of B-.

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What are the requirements for the NEJS BA/MA?

During the fifth year, which must be spent in residence, students must complete seven additional courses with a grade of at least B-, of which four must be in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, as well as their oral qualifying examination. Fulfillment of the departmental BA language requirement constitutes fulfillment of the BA/MA language requirement. Students must obtain prior approval from the MA advisor before taking courses outside of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.

(No thesis is required for the MA in NEJS. Students may still write a senior thesis as part of their undergraduate work.)

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Where can I obtain the necessary forms, applications, etc. and ask questions?
  1. The NEJS office: Lown 211, 781-736-2950 or nejs@brandeis.edu.

  2. The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences: Kutz, 781-736-3410, or gradschool@brandeis.edu.

  3. The application is on the GSAS website.