History and Mission
Founded by the American Jewish community as a nonsectarian institution in 1948, when exclusionary practices prevented equal access to some of the nation's best universities, Brandeis University has always welcomed talented students and faculty of every ethnicity, religion and cultural background. A young institution, boldly conceived, it carries on the great traditions of learning at the highest levels of rigor and meaning, guided by a moral conviction rooted in the principles of inclusion and justice.
As Brandeis' ambitions grew, Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) emerged in 1992 to support the University in its mission of academic excellence and access by embracing continuous lifelong learning and development, regardless of a student's age, as well as the unconventional and creative values held by the institution.
GPS offers accessible and accelerated higher educational experiences to individuals interested in obtaining industry expertise and/or advancing their careers through fully online, asynchronous graduate degree programs.
GPS extends the reach of the university through its international learning community of faculty, students, staff, alumni, professional advisory board members and corporate partners.
GPS develops innovative educational offerings for a diverse, vibrant international learning community.
GPS designs courses for professionals who contribute unique perspectives from their experience and current work, thereby enriching the online course offerings while broadening their communities of practice.
GPS understands the time commitment students make in balancing their personal, professional and academic responsibilities, and are respectful of their needs and committed to their success.
GPS connects students with instructors who are active leaders in their fields, and are as passionate about teaching and mentorship as they are about pushing the boundaries of knowledge.