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Master's applications received by January 15 will be given first consideration; however, applications will be considered through May 1 (or earlier if the cohort fills before May 1).  Additional information and a link to the application are available below.

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Master's Degree Programs


Brandeis' Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies is one of the largest and most diverse of its kind. A community dedicated to intellectual openness and engagement, NEJS offers a range of master’s degree programs geared to the individual needs of students. Our students choose to design a personalized curriculum through the diverse areas of expertise among our faculty, or they concentrate in one of three tracks:

  • Bible and Ancient Near East: The Hebrew Bible, in its original language, 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.

Our department offers several Master of Arts degree options:

We invite you to learn more about our Master's degree programs and the sheer breadth of our specializations, which promote collaboration, new interdisciplinary understanding, and increased likelihood of innovation and impact.