Student Perspectives

"From the very beginning of the application process, the admissions staff was available, responsive and understanding. Additionally, the Hornstein Program and the Heller School were clearly in constant contact, ensuring clear and accurate information at all times. These two factors made applying to Hornstein as smooth, streamlined and simple as possible. Thank You!"

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Elisheva Massel '14
MA/MBA from Australia

“At Brandeis I found the professors with whom I met to be welcoming and interested in me as a prospective student. They were familiar with my CV and letters of recommendation and intent, and knew who I was as an applicant to their program. The staff and faculty members were helpful and kind during my visit. The warmth they showed me and their passion for their field of study and knowledge left me with a really good intuition about Brandeis. I felt as though it was my bashert graduate school.”





The Hornstein Program enrolls a select group of talented students each year. We consider students who care deeply about the Jewish future, and who have demonstrated leadership capacity and academic accomplishments.

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Application Timeline

Applications for Fall 2020 are now open. We will begin reviewing applications beginning mid-January 2020 and will accept applications until the class is full. If you have questions before or during your application, please contact Ami Blaszkowsky in the Hornstein office at or 781-736-2997.

Online Application Submission

Applications can be submitted electronically through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences online application portal.

Please choose which of our program tracks you are applying for: the single MA in Jewish Professional Leadership; or one of these dual-degree tracks: MA/MBA, MA/MPP, MA/EDM, or the dual MA/MA.

Only one application to the Hornstein Program is required to apply for the dual-degree programs. (That is, you do not have to apply simultenously to the other departments.) Hornstein Program application materials should be submitted through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences online application portal and will be shared with the partner program department in order to come to a joint decision.

If you don't finish the application in one sitting, you may save it and return to it at a later date to add information. Upon submission, you will receive an email acknowledgement of your application.

Scholarships and Fellowships

In addition to the generous scholarships and fellowships that the Hornstein Program provides, we strongly encourage all applicants to apply for the Wexner Graduate Fellowship or others, such as JCCA. Please review their sites carefully for application deadlines.

Application Fee

A $75 fee is required of all on-line applicants except Brandeis students and alumni, who are exempt. If you have questions about payment methods , please call GSAS at 781-736-3410 or email them at


You are required to upload your transcripts to the Educational Record page of your application in order for it to be considered complete. You may upload your institution’s print or web version of your transcript.

The transcripts that you upload are not considered official. Many institutions allow students and alumni to access their grade report online; these reports are sufficient for application file review. 

Please note that transcripts must be in English or be accompanied by an English translation. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions.

If you are accepted by the program, you will need to ask your university to send official copies of your transcripts to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Written Material
  • Statement of Purpose (required for all degree programs): Please upload a 2 to 3-page statement of purpose that describes your career goals. Discuss experiences that have shaped your interests and commitments and how you hope to address these in your professional career

  • Writing Sample (required for all degree programs) : Please upload a paper or other piece of work (3-5 pages, typed, double spaced) that demonstrates your ability to think and write articulately.

Three Letters of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation should be from an employer or supervisor and one should be from a professor with whom you have studied. The third may be from another employer or professor, or from a professional of your choice.

The electronic application will ask you to list the names and email addresses of your referees. Each referee will be directed to a secure website to upload a document to your application. Please note that your referees are contacted once you have entered and saved their information. Please notify your referees that they should expect an email instructing them on how to upload their letters of recommendation.

Standardized Tests
  • MA/MBA: Applicants must submit scores from either the GRE or GMAT. Scores must be less than five years old. If you have not taken either of these tests within the last five years, choose which test you want to take and schedule a time to take it.

    If you are taking the GRE, use CODE 3092.

    If you are taking the GMAT, use code 3FD-1Z-02.

    These codes are used by the testing organization to submit your official scores directly to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where they will be recorded in your application materials. 

  • MA/MPP, MA/MA, MA/EDM: GRE test scores are required. Scores must be less than five years old. If you have not taken the GRE within the last five years, schedule a time to take the test and provide the testing organization with CODE 3092. They will submit your official scores directly to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and they will be recorded in your application materials.

  • INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Almost all international applicants must submit official test score results that are less than two years old from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 
  • TOEFL: Please provide ETS with institution code 3261. No department code is necessary.
  • IELTS: Please enter your TRF number when prompted within the application so that we may verify your scores.

For more information about English-language testing, please refer to the GSAS webpage for international students.

For more information about the GRE, call 609-771-7670 in the United States or go to the GRE website. The Brandeis University code is 3092; no department code is necessary.

For more information about the GMAT, call the number listed for your region on this webpage or go to the GMAT website. The Brandeis University/Graduate School of Arts & Sciences school code is 3FD-1Z-02.

Campus Visit and Interview

We encourage applicants, whenever possible, to visit campus, sit in on classes and meet our faculty members and students. A formal interview, preferably at Brandeis, is required and may take place at any time during the application process. Please call the Hornstein Program at 781-736-2990 or e-mail to make arrangements.


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Feel free to contact the Hornstein office at any time throughout the application process. We're here to help!

Phone: 781-736-2990
Fax: 781-736-2070