Professor Don Katz

Professor Don Katz's lab studies the neural ensemble dynamics of sensori-motor processes in rodents.


Brandeis University's Department of Psychology offers the degree in general psychology and the PhD in Brain, Body, and Behavior Across the Lifespan. Our active and collegial department emphasizes a rigorous, scientific approach to the understanding of human behavior.

The Master of Arts program provides students with an understanding of the scientific foundations of psychology (social, developmental and cognitive), as well as direct research experience (experimental design, data collection, data analysis and research writing). Recent graduates of our master's program have gone on to pursuits such as doctoral programs, research assistants, clinical research coordinators, and project managers.

The goal of the PhD program is to develop excellent researchers and teachers who will become leaders in psychological science. Dissertation supervisors are leaders in the field and pursue research in the following: cortical-hippocampal interactions in learning; face perception and nonverbal communication; learning and memory; motor control and spatial orientation; personality and cognition in adulthood and old age; social and affective neuroscience; social relations and health; taste physiology and psychophysics; and visual perception.

The PhD program's instruction is established on the principle that the study of human behavior should include a comprehensive consideration of body, brain, social, and developmental processes. The curriculum upholds this belief with the help of two training grants. Under the Brain, Body, and Behavior training curriculum, students gain the biomedical knowledge necessary to study behavioral and mental health as members of an interdisciplinary research team. Under the Training in Cognitive Aging in a Social Context curriculum, students focus on adult development and aging by blending cognitive and social perspectives. Both curricula challenge our doctoral students to become excellent psychological science leaders in their field, whether in an academic or applied research setting.

Be sure to visit the research page to see the research interests of individual faculty members and the areas represented in the department.

Please note that Brandeis does not offer graduate programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or linguistics.


We encourage you to explore one of the department’s greatest assets through our faculty pages.

Courses and Degree Requirements

Please visit the Registrar's website for the most updated course listings and descriptions.

For the most updated degree requirements, please visit the MA Requirements page or the PhD requirements page.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

PhD: December 1; The Department of Psychology requires all application materials to be submitted by December 1 including letters of recommendation, test scores, and transcripts in order for your application to be given consideration. Please plan to submit your application far enough in advance to ensure that all your supporting materials will be attached to your application prior to the deadline.
MA: Rolling through May 15; review of applications will begin February 1.

Admission Requirements

To apply for the program, you need to submit:

  • An online application;

  • An application fee;

  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions;

  • Three letters of recommendation, submitted online;

  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé;

  • statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the psychology program and your objectives in undertaking this program. Applicants to the doctoral program should outline their research interests and how they would complement those of the faculty. Applicants to the master's program should discuss their academic and professional career plans and how the Graduate School can help them attain these goals.

  • Standardized tests: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test is required. The GRE subject test is recommended, but not required. Our GRE institution code is 3092 (please note: this institution code only applies to GRE scores).

  • International applicants: Additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas. If you are submitting TOEFL scores, please note that our TOEFL institution code is 3261.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Generous scholarships and financial aid are available; for more information please visit Financial Aid.

Careers and Alumni

Students and alumni can work closely with Career Services for an array of resources, including CV/resume help, job search, and networking.