Explore Our Graduate Programs

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Graduate Admissions
Applications are being accepted now for our MA and PhD programs in Jewish Studies and Arabic and Islamic Civilizations to start Fall 2022.  A small, highly selective group of PhD applicants will be offered admission, which generally includes a fellowship and tuition scholarship renewable annually for up to five years. Admitted MA candidates will be considered for merit scholarships at the time of admission and are eligible to apply for need-based scholarship funding.

The field of Bible and the Ancient Near East is closed for the academic year 2022-23 and is not accepting applications.

One of the largest and most diverse programs of its kind, the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS) is dedicated to intellectual openness and engagement with critical questions of history, literature, religion and culture relating to the Bible and the Ancient Near East, Jewish studies and Arabic and Islamic civilizations. At Brandeis, you can pursue a graduate degree with leading scholars dedicated to the finest instruction, mentoring and preparation of students for careers in academia or the professional world.

Master's Degree Programs

Design a personalized curriculum through our diverse areas of expertise or choose to concentrate in one of three tracks: Bible and Ancient Near East, Jewish Studies, or Arabic and Islamic Civilizations.

PhD Programs

Our PhD program offers opportunities in, and builds on, our strengths in Bible and Ancient Near East, Jewish Studies, and Arabic and Islamic Civilizations.