A master’s program is especially appealing for international students, providing an opportunity to enhance their English competency, to improve their research and writing skills, and to master the scholarly literature on a subject— globalization— of such direct importance to their home countries.
Why Global Studies?
An additional year of study is a major investment of time and resources, and there are several reasons why a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Global Studies is a sound choice:
- The M.A. as an important credential: Today, the Master of Arts degree is what the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree used to be — a key advantage in the competition for good positions, promotions and exciting careers.
- Material benefits: Throughout the private and public sector, the M.A. raises the salary grade far above that of someone with just a bachelor's degree.
- Transferable skills: An M.A. program that develops research and communication skills— not merely transmits information and knowledge— provides these invaluable skills, regardless of your ultimate career path.
- Test the waters: The one-year M.A. allows you to decide whether the academic path is right for you— before you invest your time and resources in a multiyear doctoral program.
- Stronger qualifications for doctoral programs: The M.A. will significantly enhance your qualifications if you plan to pursue a full-time doctoral program. This can be especially useful if you seek to enter graduate school in a field outside your undergraduate major, or if you earned a bachelor’s degree from a less prestigious institution.
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: The Global Studies program places 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 significantly improve 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: Brandeis has an extraordinarily strong commitment to the global studies— not only in the arts and sciences, but also across Brandeis. Our Heller School for Social Policy and Management, a separate graduate school at Brandeis, has a faculty deeply committed to research on such critical issues as sustained development and global health. The International Business School's strengths are in technical training in global finance and international trade.
- 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.
- Scholarships: 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.