The Ph.D. application deadline is January 15. Additional information and a link to the application are below. Ph.D. applicants are strongly encouraged to arrange an interview with faculty members in their area of interest. 

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Doctoral Programs

Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

 Choose from three independent tracks at the PhD level:

  • Bible and Ancient Near East: The Hebrew Bible in its original languages, studied through the rich and varied prisms of Near Eastern texts, languages, histories, and religions.
  • Jewish Studies: The Jewish people's history, religion, literature, and thought, from ancient to modern periods and spanning diverse geographical regions.
  • Arabic and Islamic Civilizations: The religions, literatures, and intellectual traditions of the Islamic world with a focus on Arabic-speaking regions.

Brandeis’ Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies is one of the oldest and largest programs of its type outside of the State of Israel, with the largest faculty in Jewish Studies of any secular American university. Our leading scholars provide students with the finest instruction, mentoring, and preparation for careers in academia or the professional world. Our doctoral program is dedicated to openness and engagement with critical questions of history, literature, religion, and culture.