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Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Kristen Lucken's research focuses on ethnic and religious identity in an age of globalization. She is particularly interested in the religious and educational lives of second generation immigrants and the ways social institutions can facilitate or hinder their incorporation.

Alumni Spotlight

Elnor Gasanov, MA'12

“My M.A. program and experience at Brandeis was an important contribution to my overall understanding of global issues and international relations, and  therefore undoubtedly made me a more interesting and relevant candidate. My thesis’ comparison of Norwegian national distinctiveness with other countries’ approaches was also helpful, I think, as it showed my ability to present the Norwegian perspective in an international context. After all, this is partly what diplomats do.” -Elnor Gasanov, MA '12; Norwegian Diplomat to Israel

Why Global Studies?

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Our students come to our Global Studies program, located just outside of Boston in Waltham, Massachusetts, from all over the world and for a number of reasons: to enhance their credentials for jobs, to prepare for a Ph.D. program, or to make a career change. The common thread is that Global Studies is a field about which they're passionate. Why does our program stand out?

Study with Dynamic Faculty

Award-winning faculty from across disciplines bring their expertise to Global Studies from three of Brandeis’ graduate schools: the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the International Business School (IBS), and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Their research cuts across geography, discipline, and approach to bring our students innovative scholarship and teaching in a variety of fields impacted by globalization. Our faculty members mentor and inspire, and prepare students for their next step in academia or their careers. 

  • Learn more about our Global Studies Faculty Advisory Committee and their research interests.
  • Our small student-faculty ratio encourages dedicated mentoring and advising. Each student works closely with senior scholars in individual courses and on the master’s thesis.

Research in Global Service, Emerging Powers, or Transnational Security and Migration

Our Master's program in Global Studies combines interdisciplinary study with intensive training in research, analysis, writing, and practical experience. Explore three potential course clusters:

Receive a Scholarship

Generous merit- and need-based scholarships are available. For more information on need-based scholarships, please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' website.

  • Teaching Assistantships: The Global Studies program has a limited number of teaching assistantships, which provide stipends for students to serve as course assistants for the undergraduate major in International and Global Studies.

Prepare for your Next Step

Our Global Studies M.A. prepares students to be global thinkers in business, education, government, and the non-profit sector. Critical skills gained through the program position our students for success, whether in a Ph.D. or professional degree program across a variety of fields or for a wide range of careers

Global studies students pursue international careers in the U.S. or abroad by building upon skills such as functional expertise, language ability, or experience overseas. Careers are varied and may include working for the federal government, international service agencies, NGOs, multinational corporations, or teaching. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' Office of Career Services offers an array of services to help with students' next steps. 

Boston area

Our students partake of the rich intellectual and cultural environment of the Boston area, from internships to cross-registration in courses offered by the Boston Graduate Consortium, to seminars, talks, and other events across the city and beyond.