History and Mission

The library in spring with blooming flowers

Our History

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.

In 1997, the Division of Continuing Studies, now Graduate Professional Studies, was established in the Rabb School specifically to extend the opportunity for excellent, applied professional education at the graduate level to a more diverse, part-time, working-adult population. All graduate programs are professionally oriented, applied in nature (combining requisite theory with the practical application of learned material), and taught by expert faculty who are practitioners of their subject matter in their professional lives.

Our Mission