About the Graduate Programs

Brandeis graduate programs in History train students to research, write, and teach history at the highest level. Our MA and PhD degrees emphasize the need for broad perspectives on urgent problems, rooted in a thorough and in-depth knowledge of the past. Through courses, supervised research, and teaching fellowships, future historians prepare for the excitement and challenges of a career devoted to exploring and explaining the past.

Master of Arts (MA) Program

Designed to meet the varied academic and professional needs of graduate students, the MA program is especially well suited to those individuals interested in comparative and transnational history. In close consultation with their advisors, students will choose from a wide array of courses. Each will complete an individualized capstone project, with options for intensive research, experiential learning and integrated study.

Doctorate in History (PhD) Program

Our PhD program offers opportunities for students to study many areas of world history, building on the department's special strengths in American and European history. Students take a mix of thematic seminars covering broad historical questions as well as colloquia providing intensive study of regional and national histories. Students also engage in primary-source research from the time they arrive on campus, working independently with the help of faculty advisors. 

The Department of History at Brandeis University is pleased to announce that we will be accepting a small cohort of PhD students to begin their studies in Fall 2021 according to the usual program and financial terms described on this website. MA admissions will proceed as usual. To those of you who have contacted us and have been waiting for this decision regarding admissions, we thank you for your patience. These are challenging times for all of us.

Questions may be addressed to Director of Graduate Studies Prof. Amy Singer.