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Extended Master's Fee

If you finish your residency requirement but still have courses left to take for your degree, you can do so at a very discounted rate. Click here for more information.

Admissions Information

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 international and 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.

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 track 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.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

An investment in a master’s degree can enhance your skills in the workplace, make you more marketable, and increase your salary. It is important to determine the value that you place on such a degree: is this program credential-building professional development, or is it preparation for further study? With your goals in mind, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' Office of Financial Aid will work with you to help you to realize the greatest return on your educational investment.

Merit Scholarships

Most of our master’s students receive generous scholarships in the form of merit- and need-based aid. Often awarded at the time of admission, these scholarships do not require a separate application. These awards are made to both international students and U.S. citizens. Scholarships usually provide partial tuition and may be supplemented by low-interest government loans.

Need-Based Aid

Need-based scholarships (generally up to $10,000 of tuition for master's students) are available on a limited basis to students who are enrolled at least half time (6 credits per semester). Students may apply for need-based aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which is available on the FAFSA website. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences code is 002133.

International students will need to complete the International Student Application for Financial Aid (PDF) to apply for need-based tuition grants.


Visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' page for more information on loans, including step-by-step instructions on how to apply for federal and other loans.

Student Employment

Many graduate students work part time to help defray the expenses of a graduate education. There is an abundance of on-campus jobs, which can be browsed through Student Financial Services' database. On-campus jobs are available to students enrolled half time or more. Brandeis also maintains a database on off-campus jobs.