Academic Opportunities


Four and Five Year BA/MA Programs

The four-year bachelor's/master's programs are designed to enable exceptional undergraduates to earn two degrees simultaneously during their period of study at Brandeis. In the five-year bachelor's/masters program, the bachelor's degree is conferred at the end of the fourth year, and the requirements for a master's degree are satisfied with one additional year of study at the graduate level.  Refer to the current University Bulletin for participating programs.

Students who are interested in these opportunities should contact the Undergraduate Advising Head for their department no later than second semester of their sophomore year.  Additional information on the regulations for a dual BA/MA program can be found in the University Bulletin.        

Columbia University School of Engineering Combined Degree Program

Brandeis University and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science of Columbia University have established a dual degree program whereby students complete three years of course work at Brandeis, then spend two years at Columbia University to complete the requirements for an engineering degree. Students admitted to the program and completing it successfully would be awarded a bachelor's degree (BA or BS) from Brandeis University and a BS in engineering from Columbia University.

All interested students should consult the campus liaison as soon as possible in order to plan their curriculum to meet Columbia prerequisites. Interested candidates must apply to the program in the spring semester of their final year at Brandeis for admission to Columbia University in the subsequent fall semester.  In order to apply, Brandeis students need to complete: (1) all general Brandeis University requirements for graduation, (2) choose any major offered at Brandeis and complete all the requirements associated with that major, (3) fulfill the Brandeis residency requirement, and (4) choose an engineering discipline that will be pursued at Columbia and complete all the courses associated with this discipline. The exact GPA requirements depend on the year the student has matriculated at Brandeis University.

*For students who matriculated in Spring 2019 or earlier: These students are eligible to apply through the guaranteed admission or competitive admission process.

*For students matriculating at Brandeis in Summer 2019 and later: For these students, Columbia will no longer offer the guaranteed admission process. Students matriculating in Summer 2019 or later will only be eligible for the competitive process. Under the old guidelines, Columbia engaged in a holistic and competitive review process specifically for applicants who did not meet the criteria for guaranteed admission. This type of review will now be used for all applicants under the new agreement, considering overall academic preparation and fit for Columbia. As they have in the past, Columbia will also continue to issue a Curriculum Guide to us each fall, and we will continue to create a Curriculum Guide equivalent. Columbia will continue to recommend that students have a minimum overall GPA of 3.30 and a B or higher in all math or science courses. Students will still apply in their third year at Brandeis, and we anticipate acceptance rates for each engineering track will vary from year to year depending on the applicant pool.

For additional information the students should refer to the Curriculum Guide below with Brandeis equivalent courses for the academic year they entered Brandeis. This guide will outline what courses need to be taken at Brandeis to be considered admission. We have also created a planning worksheet that is helpful for students which is included on the last page of the Curriculum Guide.

2017-2018 Curriculum Guide

2018-2019 Curriculum Guide

2019-2020 Curriculum Guide - will be available in the middle of the Fall 2019 semester.

Additionally, here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions compiled by the Columbia program.

Students should contact the official program liaison, Elizabeth Rotolo, for further information.

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Certificate in Engineering

Olin College offers a five-course Certificate in Engineering for students at Brandeis as part of a special collaboration. This certificate is not equivalent to an engineering degree, but represents a substantial investment in engineering courses that could help students pursue a wider field of postgraduate opportunities in industry or graduate school. The courses of study are designed to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of an engineering field, and typically consist of courses ranging from introductory engineering courses to advanced courses.

One of the five courses may be an approved Brandeis course with the remaining four taken through cross-registration at Olin.  There are six programs of study: Engineering Design, Materials Engineering, Bioengineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Systems.  Students who pursue this option typically major in computer science and/or physics. Please refer to Olin's website for further details and to explore academic options.