Professor ChaeRan Freeze with students in class

ChaeRan Freeze, Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies


*Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Near Eastern and Judaic studies department has made the difficult decision to pause admission to most of its PhD programs for the 2021-2022 academic year. Forgoing a cohort of new students will allow us to prioritize support for our current graduate students, which we believe is the most ethical action we can take in these circumstances. 

A generous external grant will enable the NEJS department to consider applicants who are applying to become scholars at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies (SCIS). We will consider your application this year if you are interested in becoming a Schusterman scholar. We will expand applications to other tracks within the department again in September 2021 for fall 2022 admission.*


Brandeis University's Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS) bears a proud tradition of scholarly excellence in the fields that it embraces. The study of the Jewish people, including their history, religion, literature and place in civilization, the history, languages, and culture of the Bible and ancient Near East, the study of Arabic and Islamic civilizations. NEJS is one of the oldest and largest programs of its type outside of the State of Israel. We have the largest faculty in Jewish Studies of any secular American university. At Brandeis, students have the opportunity to study with the scholars who are, in many cases, the foremost experts in the world in their field. Our internationally renowned faculty has published dozens of books and hundreds of articles. Many are known throughout the world. To read more about our academic programs, visit the department's website. Application information can be found below.

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Please note: Applicants to the Joint MA in Coexistence & Conflict and NEJS should visit the Heller School's website.

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