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The Master of Arts in Global Studies attracts a very diverse group students, from recent undergraduates to career professionals who are seeking an advanced degree-- all of whom are equally passionate about global issues. Although the program has a rolling admissions deadline through May 1, priority for admissions and scholarships is given to those who apply earlier. Students typically enroll full-time, though the program can also be completed on a part-time basis.

Full information is available on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website.  Applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences use an electronic application, to which you will be able to upload a resumé and personal statement, as well as notify your recommenders to submit their reference letters online.

To apply for the Global Studies M.A. 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 our Frequently Asked Questions page;
  • Two letters of recommendation, submitted electronically;
  • curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé;
  • statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study and your qualifications for the academic program. The statement of purpose should clearly describe your interest in Global Studies, especially the subfield and issues that will constitute the focus of your coursework and research. You should also discuss your plans for a professional or academic career and how the program in Global Studies can help you achieve these goals;
  • Written work: Please upload a sample of critical writing not to exceed 35 pages; the 35-page maximum may consist of a single paper or two shorter essays of approximately equal length;
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required. Our ETS institution code is 3092. (This requirement is waived for Brandeis Alumni and also for applicants from Brandeis' graduate consortium (Tufts University, Boston College, and Boston University).) 

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.

Foreign Language Requirement: All Global Studies students must have advanced training in a foreign language (defined as at least one level beyond the graduation requirement at Brandeis). In cases where students lack sufficient language training, they can satisfy this requirement by an intensive summer course (either the semester before or after the residence year), by taking the corresponding course at Brandeis (as an additional course), or by private study and a qualifying language examination at the end of the second semester.

Non-degree students: The Graduate School also permits, with the consent of the instructor, the enrollment of non-degree seeking 'special students.' See details at the Graduate School website.