Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible to apply to both the MA and PhD programs?
Unfortunately, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will only allow application to one graduate program per year. Please target your application to your desired program.
Am I required to submit GRE scores?
The English Department is no longer requiring the GRE to apply to the PhD or MA Programs.
I don't have a Master’s degree. Can I apply directly to the PhD program instead of the MA program?
Any applicant holding a Bachelor's degree is eligible to apply for the English PhD program. You would earn your MA degree in passing as you complete the requirements for the PhD.
If I graduate from the MA program, will I move on to the PhD program?
If you initially enter our graduate program through the standalone MA or joint MA program, you will need to reapply in order to be considered for the PhD program.
What should be included in my Statement of Purpose?
Please attach a 750-word statement of purpose in essay form, indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In this statement, please describe your qualifications for the doctoral program, your objectives in undertaking this program and the potential social and cultural impact of your doctoral work. You should also outline your research, teaching, and other interests and how Brandeis’s graduate program might support them.
What should I submit for my writing sample?
Please submit a non-fiction writing sample of approximately 20 pages. This can be an academic essay or a text written for a more general audience; the 20-page maximum may consist of a single text or two shorter texts of approximately equal length.
I am unable to afford the application fee. What should I do?
Please contact the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to be considered for a fee waiver.
May I visit campus?
We will not schedule formal visits until admissions decisions have been made, but you are welcome to visit campus on your own. You may stop by the front office in Rabb 144, and/or coordinate meetings with faculty members of interest. Visit the Faculty List for faculty office hours and contact information.
When will I receive my admissions decision?
Initial decisions are generally sent out in late February or early March. If you do not receive your admissions decision at that time, your application may still be under consideration. You may inquire about the status of your application by emailing the English Department.
Could you look at my application and tell me what my chances are?
Due to issues of fairness, we cannot pre-assess applicants, nor can we provide feedback on application materials prior to the consideration period.
My question wasn't listed here.
You may get in touch with the English Department by email.
We look forward to reading your application!
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