Academic Services


The MKTYP's primary focus and purpose is to prepare students for academic success in their undergraduate careers at Brandeis.

The program admits mostly students who have not had access to a complete and rigorous college-level course schedule, who have experienced interruptions in their secondary education, or have followed some other non-traditional path to their pursuit of higher education.

The MKTYP offers a rigorous academic program, learning strategies workshops, and academic support through the process of transitioning to this new experience. The program is structured around small classes, rigorous academics, and strong personal support.

Academic Program

In their first year at Brandeis, students in the MKTYP take a mixture of one elective Brandeis undergraduate courses and four MKTYP-exclusive courses designed at the college level. MKTYP’s academic program consists of:

  • 2 semesters of MKTYP writing
  • 2 semesters of MKTYP quantitative reasoning
  • 2 semesters of MKTYP social science
  • 1 semester of MKTYP science
  • 1 semester of MKTYP computer science
  • 1 Brandeis undergraduate elective course per semester

MKTYP Experience

The MKTYP experience is a time of personal and academic exploration and development. While in the program, you will be able to take advantage of:

An outstanding hybrid academic curriculum.

Courses designed and delivered just for students in the program provide rigorous college-level content, a small and supportive learning community, and high levels of access to instructors.

A highly qualified instructional staff.

Most instructors in the MKTYP are Brandeis faculty members, experienced instructors, or advanced doctoral students who take great care in incorporating their own knowledge into the development of courses. They are experienced in teaching diverse student populations and incorporate diversity within their classroom and/or teaching.

Strong academic support.

Each MKTYP course has a student teaching assistant. S/he/they provide students with additional office hour time for support with everything from idea development to editing/revising final drafts.

“We are a program of people with amazing stories who add greatly to the university — stories of triumph, and resilience, and talent.”

Kathryn Bethea-Rivera

Director, Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program