The Brandeis Advantage

While it is certainly possible to earn a master of arts degree at a number of excellent universities, there are several reasons why you should consider enrolling at Brandeis:

First-class Training

This program lays a strong emphasis on research and writing — that is, developing precisely the skills most transferable and most important for a career in virtually any field. The seminar training and, especially, the M.A. thesis, provide students with a sustained, intensive year to improve significantly their ability to design a research strategy, conduct empirical research and present the findings in clear and cogent prose.

Strength of Faculty Scholarship

The Brandeis faculty is a renowned research faculty, known for the quality and originality of their research; skills of research and writing are best learned from those who are masters at this specific craft.

Commitment to Global Studies

Apart from the general scholarly strength of the faculty, Brandeis also has an extraordinarily strong commitment to the global studies — not only in the arts and sciences, but also at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, a separate graduate school at Brandeis, with a faculty deeply committed to research on such critical issues as sustained development and global health.

Dedicated Mentoring

Brandeis is a small research university, with an emphasis on small classes and strong mentorship; each student has the opportunity to work closely with senior scholars, whether in individual courses or in the master’s thesis.


To enable qualified students to come to Brandeis, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has a need-based scholarship fund that allows a partial reduction in the costs of tuition and fees. In addition, it also provides some merit-based tuition scholarships for especially strong candidates for admission.

Teaching Assistantships

The global studies program has a limited number of teaching assistantships, which provide stipends for several students to serve as course assistants in the undergraduate major in international and global studies.