Graduate Admissions 2021-22

PhD Admissions
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.

MA Admissions
The Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department is not accepting MA applications in the field of Bible and the Ancient Near East for the academic year 2021-22.

 Brandeis University Covid-19 Information

NEJS department faculty and staff have assembled online sources from Jewish and Islamic history and cultures relating to the experience of pandemic.  These online sources are intended to facilitate study and discussion with family and friends.

One of the largest and most diverse programs of its kind, 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. Pursue a degree with leading scholars dedicated to the finest instruction, mentoring, and preparation for life after Brandeis.

NEJS is a multidisciplinary department committed to innovative research and teaching in a broad range of fields including Bible and Ancient Near East, Jewish Studies, Israel Studies, Islamic and Middle East Studies, and Hebrew, Yiddish, Arabic, and other Near Eastern languages. We are home to one of the world's largest programs in Jewish and Hebrew Studies.

Undergraduate Program

The major is designed to combine a broad education in the various disciplines and periods that constitute NEJS and introduce students to the critical study of Near Eastern and Judaic sources, classical and modern, within the academic context.

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 programs offer opportunities in, and build on, our strengths in Bible and Ancient Near East, Jewish Studies, and Arabic and Islamic Civilizations.