Financial Aid and Scholarships

An investment in a master’s degree can enhance your skills in the workplace, make you more marketable, and increase your salary. It is important to determine the value that you place on such a degree: is this program credential-building professional development, or is it preparation for further study? With your goals in mind, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' Office of Financial Aid will work with you to help you to realize the greatest return on your educational investment.

Merit Scholarships

Most of our master’s students receive generous scholarships in the form of merit- and need-based aid. Often awarded at the time of admission, these scholarships do not require a separate application. These awards are made to both international students and U.S. citizens. Scholarships usually provide partial tuition and may be supplemented by low-interest government loans.

Need-Based Aid

Need-based scholarships (generally up to $10,000 of tuition for master's students) are available on a limited basis to students who are enrolled at least half time (6 credits per semester). Students may apply for need-based aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which is available on the FAFSA website. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences code is 002133.

International students will need to complete the International Student Application for Financial Aid to apply for need-based tuition grants.


A variety of loans are available, including Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Graduate PLUS Loans.

Student Employment

Many graduate students work part time to help defray the expenses of a graduate education. There is an abundance of on-campus jobs — at the library, in the individual departments, and in special programs, just to name a few. Student Financial Services hosts a large database of on-campus jobs that are available to all students enrolled half time or more. Brandeis also maintains a database of off-campus jobs.