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									                             FINANCING YOUR EDUCATION




 Daniel Donatacci, PHD, ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE WITH JOINT MA, WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES
“Saying that I’m grateful for the funding I receive at Brandeis is an understatement. I very much
 value the resources that are available to me through both GSAS and my department. Prospective
 students who are limited by finances should definitely consult with the university for guidance.”
                                                                FINANCING YOUR EDUCATION




Your decision to pursue a graduate               Funding includes a full-tuition scholar-
degree no doubt must consider many               ship, a competitive stipend in return for
factors, including cost. At Brandeis, we         teaching and/or research, and health
strive to make your graduate education           insurance benefits. The number of
affordable, and we have a number of              fellowships varies by program, but you
options to assist you in your decision-          will find them to be competitive with
making process.                                  other research institutions in large,
                                                 metropolitan cities.
Master’s and Certificate Students
An investment in a master’s degree or            For All Graduate Students
a graduate certificate can enhance               • Loans: Many students use loans to
your skills in the workplace, make you           pay for part of their tuition or to
more marketable, and increase your               supplement living expenses. Our staff
salary. For students who plan to pursue          can provide you information on federal
a doctoral degree, the master’s at               loans for qualifying U.S. citizens and
Brandeis provides an important                   permanent residents, including
credential. The Brandeis Graduate                subsidized and unsubsidized Federal
School of Arts and Sciences is                   Stafford Loans (requiring FAFSA, the
dedicated to assisting students in               Free Application for Federal Student
achieving their academic goals,                  Aid; go to www.fafsa.ed.gov, and the
regardless of their financial situation.         Brandeis code is 002133) and Graduate
Prospective sources of funding include:          PLUS loans. They can also refer you to
• Scholarships: Most applicants (full-           Brandeis’s BorrowSmart tool and
and part-time, international and                 other helpful resources for private
domestic) are automatically considered           (nonfederal) educational loans. Visit
for a generous range of scholarships             brandeis.edu/gsas for the most
that provide partial tuition remission.          up-to-date information.
Please note that specific departments            • Student Employment: Graduate
require a separate application for               students may work on campus to earn
scholarships.                                    additional money during their time at
• Assistantships and Fellowships:                Brandeis. Student Financial Services
Some master’s programs award                     hosts a large database of on-campus
teaching, research, and administrative           jobs that are available to all students
assistantships and fellowships to                enrolled half-time or more. Faculty
outstanding applicants. You should               advisers and current students in your
contact the Graduate School of Arts              program can give you a sense of how
and Sciences for details at                      much time may be available to you for
gradschool@brandeis.edu.                         on-campus employment.

Doctoral Students                                LEARN MORE >
Most of our doctoral students enroll             brandeis.edu/gsas
full-time and are funded for five years.




                 Brandeis University // Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
ADMISSION
                                                                               ADMISSION




At Brandeis we seek out the bright-              are standard across all programs. As
est and most talented individuals in             a general rule of thumb, our doctoral
their respective fields. You will find the       programs require a completed applica-
admission process to be a personal               tion to be submitted by January 15 for
one, often consisting of multiple                fall admission. Many of our master’s
interactions with admission profes-              and certificate programs review appli-
sionals and faculty. While admission             cations on a rolling basis for admis-
to our graduate programs is highly               sion the following fall, but some have
selective and competitive, we spend              tighter deadlines. Additionally, some of
quality time reviewing each applica-             these programs begin in the summer
tion for an academic and personal fit.           and spring semesters.
We select individuals to study with us
who will not only excel in their chosen          Each program requires the comple-
field but will also complement our               tion of the GSAS online application,
current student population and make a            payment of an application fee, and
good intellectual fit for the faculty and        submission of a personal statement;
subfields at Brandeis.                           resumé or curriculum vitae; and letters
                                                 of recommendation. Many programs
We encourage you to be in touch                  require entrance exams (GRE, GMAT,
with the Graduate School of Arts and             Miller Analogies Test, or departmental
Sciences and your department before,             exam) and an academic writing sample,
during, and after the admission process.         and some also require interviews.
You will find our faculty members to be
approachable and responsive, which               Admission committees do not look
represents part of the Brandeis charm:           solely at one piece of your application;
close interactions and a small, yet rigor-       rather, admission to Brandeis is based
ous, environment.                                on a holistic approach. Applications are
                                                 reviewed by looking at the applicant’s
Visiting Campus                                  entire history—academic, personal,
Perhaps you need to step onto campus             and professional. While academic
and meet with professors and other               achievement is certainly vital to the
students before you can confidently              admission process, we also depend
make a decision about your future. If            greatly on your personal statement,
so, we urge you to visit us! If you wish         writing sample, and letters of recom-
to attend a class and meet with profes-          mendation, which exhibit your reasons
sors in your department, we invite you           for pursuing a graduate program at
to contact your program of interest.             Brandeis, your ability to work with
                                                 others, your professional and academic
Admission Requirements                           potential, and your writing ability.
and Deadlines
While admission requirements vary                LEARN MORE >

by department, a number of pieces                brandeis.edu/gsas/apply




                 Brandeis University // Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
AREAS OF STUDY
                                                                                    AREAS OF STUDY




The Graduate School of Arts and                       Joint PhD Programs
Sciences offers seventeen doctoral                    Sociology and Social Policy
programs and more than forty master’s
                                                      Near Eastern and Judaic Studies/
and certificate programs. Degrees are
                                                      Sociology
conferred in the following programs:

                                                      Dual Master’s Programs
Ancient Greek and Roman Studies
  (MA, CERTIFICATE)
                                                      Dual MA-MBA in Hornstein: Jewish
Anthropology (MA, PHD)                                  Professional Leadership
Biochemistry (PHD)                                    Dual MA in Hornstein: Jewish
Biophysics and Structural Biology (PHD)                 Professional Leadership and Near
Biotechnology (MS)                                      Eastern and Judaic Studies
Chemistry (MA, MS, PHD)
                                                      Dual MA-MPP in Hornstein: Jewish
Coexistence and Conflict (MA)
                                                        Professional Leadership
Computational Linguistics (MA)
Computer Science (MA, PHD, CERTIFICATE)               Dual MA in Coexistence and Conflict/
Computer Science and                                    Sustainable International
  IT Entrepreneurship (MA)                              Development
Education: Elementary; Secondary;
  Jewish Day Schools (MAT)                            Joint Master’s Programs
English (MA, PHD)                                     Women’s and Gender Studies/
Genetic Counseling (MS)                                 Anthropology
Global Studies (MA)                                   Women’s and Gender Studies/
History (MA, PHD)                                      English
Jewish Professional Leadership
  (DUAL MASTER’S PROGRAMS)                            Women’s and Gender Studies/
Mathematics (MA, PHD, CERTIFICATE)                     Music
Molecular and Cell Biology (MS, PHD)                  Women’s and Gender Studies/
Music Composition and Theory                           Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
  (MA, MFA, PHD)

Musicology (MA, MFA, PHD)                             Women’s and Gender Studies/
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (MA, PHD)              Public Policy
Neuroscience (MS, PHD)                                Women’s and Gender Studies/
Philosophy (MA)                                        Sociology
Physics (MS, PHD)
Politics (MA, PHD)                                    Women’s and Gender Studies/
Premedical Studies (CERTIFICATE)                       Sustainable International
Psychology (MA, PHD)                                   Development
Sociology (MA, PHD)
                                                      LEARN MORE >
Studio Art (CERTIFICATE)
                                                      brandeis.edu/gsas/programs
Theater Arts: Acting (MFA)
Women’s and Gender Studies
  (MA AND JOINT MASTER’S PROGRAMS)




                      Brandeis University // Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
                                                     CAREER SERVICES




 Kim Fanelli, MS, GENETIC COUNSELING
“I was able to receive one-on-one assistance, which helped me to land a job in my desired profes-
 sion even before graduation. Working in a prestigious hospital with many Brandeis alumni fosters
 the sense of community that goes beyond the physical campus.”
                                                                           CAREER SERVICES




The Graduate School of Arts and                  Our resources are an important
Sciences Career Services serves as a             complement to the specialized advice
bridge between students’ academic                you will receive from GSAS faculty. You
preparation and the rapidly changing,            are strongly encouraged to contact
global job market within and beyond              GSAS Career Services early in your
academia. We provide workshops                   degree program for assistance to learn
and events to better equip you with              how to:
the requisite knowledge and skills for
shaping and developing your career,              • research careers in academic and
exploring personal and professional                nonacademic arenas
goals, and learning how to position
                                                 • create a strategic, personalized
yourself in the job market. Our office
                                                   job-search plan
helps you become skilled in job-search
techniques while at Brandeis and as              • prepare a resumé, curriculum vitae,
you prepare to enter the workplace—                cover letter, and other job-search
whether in higher education or in the              document development
government, business, or nonprofit
sectors. We connect you with alumni,             • hone successful interviewing skills
employers, and other experienced                   (through mock interviews)
professionals who can provide career
guidance and may be able to suggest              • develop strategic networking
career opportunities in a diverse range            techniques, including alumni
of fields. Our aim is to assist and inform         connections
you about resources that will be useful
                                                 • access employer recruiting through
throughout your working life and will
                                                   the GSAS CareerLink’s job listings
help you create a set of well-defined
                                                   and career-management system
career goals and a strategic job search
plan to use during your graduate                 GSAS Career Services welcomes inqui-
education at Brandeis.                           ries regarding careers from prospective
                                                 students. Please feel free to contact
We also collaborate with Brandeis
                                                 us at any point during your graduate
University’s network of career centers,
                                                 school search.
which allows you to take advantage of
an array of resources, including career          LEARN MORE >
fairs, employer-information sessions,            brandeis.edu/gsas/services/career.html
and more.




                 Brandeis University // Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
                                                        LIFE ON CAMPUS




 Jane Harries, PHD, PSYCHOLOGY
“The Graduate Student Association and the Office of Graduate Student Affairs are fantastic for
 meeting people outside of one’s department and getting involved in activities beyond one’s
 program—which I need to do to keep a balance.”
                                                                               LIFE ON CAMPUS




Life as a graduate student no longer             Housing
involves just the classroom. At Brandeis,        Almost all students in the Graduate
you will become part of a community              School of Arts and Sciences live in
that is strengthened by life both within         off-campus housing, which offers more
and outside of classroom, laboratory,            comfort, better access to amenities,
and studio walls. As such, we have               and is often less expensive than univer-
created a number of support services             sity housing. The majority of graduate
for you to use that serve to enhance             students live either in Waltham or the
and complement your academic                     Porter Square area of Cambridge and
experience.                                      Somerville. These locations have large
                                                 student populations, affordable rents,
The Office of Graduate Student Affairs           many local services and restaurants,
supports life on campus for gradu-               and are easily accessible to Brandeis by
ate students outside of the classroom            public transportation.
and serves as a liaison between
graduate students and the university             Transportation
administration. This office works to             Boston is a walking city, and, with
coordinate events and programming                Waltham just a short commuter rail
among the graduate schools, advises              ride away, you have access to Boston’s
and assists the Graduate Student                 cultural neighborhoods and city
Association (GSA) and the Gradu-                 conveniences. We offer a number of
ate Student Senate, offers program-              options for transportation to and from
ming throughout the year, and runs a             Brandeis, including discounted MBTA
number of orientation activities in the          (subway and commuter rail) passes,
fall. Programs to enhance students’              local bus service, and the Brandeis
social and academic lives are planned            Van. Parking is available on campus for
throughout the year and cover topics             those students with a car.
such as writing for publication,
designing a research paper or topic,             Graduate Student Center
navigating the health-care system,               We invite you to visit the Graduate
career planning, and more.                       Student Center, located on the first
                                                 floor of Kutz Hall. You may stop by
Health and Fitness                               to use a locker, check your e-mail,
At Brandeis, we provide you with the             and find a quiet spot to work or meet
necessary tools to manage your own               with other students. A flat-screen TV
health care, mental health, physical             and computer workstations allow our
health, and intellectual health. Free            graduate students to escape from their
gym access, counseling services, and             lab, classroom, or teaching responsibili-
a number of health insurance choices             ties with undergraduates.
provide an array of options to suit your
                                                 LEARN MORE >
needs and lifestyle.
                                                 brandeis.edu/gradstudent




                 Brandeis University // Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  LIFE IN WALTHAM AND THE BOSTON AREA




 Njelle Hamilton, PHD, ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE
“When I’m not on campus working, I want to be immersed in the life of the city. Boston is a lively
 city with many of the cultural experiences that I value: theater, museums, cinemas, parks, historical
 and architectural gems, and so on. And there’s still so much to explore and do in this city!”
                                                 LIFE IN WALTHAM AND THE BOSTON AREA




Brandeis is located in what can be              other suburbs surrounding the campus.
described as the perfect location—just          An MBTA commuter rail stop abuts our
far enough from the epicenter of                campus, connecting you to the most
Boston for you to feel relaxed, but             historic subway and trolley car network
close enough that you can immerse               in the country. Because Boston is
yourself in the city’s rich culture,            considered one of the best walking
vitality, and nightlife. Located nine           cities in America, you will find that a
miles west of downtown Boston,                  car is not a necessary amenity. Boston
Waltham is alive with history, interna-         combines European-style architecture
tional flavor, and New England charm.           with the dynamism and energy of
                                                an American center of technology,
With such an extraordinary concentra-           business, and academia.
tion of institutions of higher learning
within miles of our campus, it is no            We encourage you to be in touch
wonder our students feel surrounded             with the Graduate School of Arts and
by academia. You will have access to            Sciences and the Graduate Student
countless resources at Brandeis and             Affairs office to discover all that the
beyond through classroom interac-               Boston and Waltham areas have to
tion, libraries, museums, and artistic          offer you.
events. Our membership in the Boston
                                                LEARN MORE >
consortium allows you to take courses
                                                brandeis.edu/gsas/about/waltham.html
at Tufts University, Boston University,
                                                brandeis.edu/gradstudent/housing
and Boston College, thus enhancing
your Brandeis experience.
                                                                              boston, ma
Brandeis students live in a variety                waltham, ma
of off-campus settings in Waltham,
Cambridge, Watertown, Boston, and



                Brandeis University // Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
                                          DOCTORAL PROGRAMS




 Njelle Hamilton, PHD, ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE
“I have been awed by the support and enthusiastic encouragement of the faculty. The structure of
 my program focuses on fully preparing you for the profession through colloquia, workshops, and
 guaranteed teaching and teacher training.”
                                                                       DOCTORAL PROGRAMS




Doctoral students truly call Brandeis             Most of our doctoral students are
home. After all, many of them spend               funded fully for five years, which
five or more years studying on our                includes a tuition scholarship, health
campus, living in the Boston area, and            insurance, and a competitive fellow-
researching with our renowned faculty             ship. Fellowships provide our gradu-
members. Pursuit of a PhD at Brandeis             ate students with the opportunity to
is one that you will find not only intel-         teach undergraduates, both under
lectually fulfilling, but stimulating and         the direction of a cooperating profes-
challenging as well.                              sor or in a classroom of their own.
                                                  Additional teaching and research
The doctoral degree is often a require-           opportunities that become available
ment for most academic positions in               during the dissertation writing stage
higher education, but it also enhances            serve to enhance your credentials both
your qualifications for nonacademic               academically and professionally.
careers in public and private organi-             The quality of our doctoral programs
zations—from service in the federal               in the humanities, arts, computational
government to the private sector.                 sciences, life sciences, social sciences,
Our continued emphasis on research,               and physical sciences ensures that you
writing, and public speaking provide              will complete your program with a full
you with skills that are critical for every       command of your field and apprecia-
career path.                                      tion for originality and innovation in
                                                  your research.
Resting at the core of our doctoral
programs is the philosophy of mentor-             As you embark on the application
ship. Small classes give students the             process, we encourage you to be in
opportunity to work closely with a                touch with professors that share your
distinguished senior scholar. Before              research interests. Visit the Graduate
you set foot on campus, you will find             School of Arts and Sciences Web site
that you have one-on-one contact                  for updated biographies, departmental
with faculty members and departmen-               information, research areas, and degree
tal staff, which lays the ground for a            information. We look forward to
strong sense of academic community.               receiving your application.
Faculty members work with each
student to find the appropriate balance           LEARN MORE >

between guidance and independence                 brandeis.edu/gsas/programs
to ensure that you are able to forge
your own research after having done
the appropriate groundwork.




                  Brandeis University // Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
       MASTER’S AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS




 Atem Aleu, MA, CULTURAL PRODUCTION
“Brandeis’s commitment to social justice has helped me gain a better understanding that one
 person can make a difference and change the world in his or her own way. The interdisciplinary
 nature of the curriculum has provided me with tools that can better position me to serve others.”
                                                    MASTER’S AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS




At Brandeis, you will make your mark.            Certificate Programs
A master’s or graduate certificate from          A postbaccalaureate certificate
Brandeis ripens your professional skills         greatly enhances your skills in a given
and prepares you for further academic            discipline. Especially if your under-
study. Brandeis has an array of graduate         graduate coursework did not include
programs that complement and encour-             the prerequisites needed to pursue a
age innovative, exciting new projects of         graduate degree in a particular disci-
interdisciplinary research and teaching.         pline, a certificate program will provide
Your time here will be rigorous and              you with the skills necessary for such
fruitful, with hands-on research and             advanced programs. In addition,
experiential learning sitting at the core        employers may recognize you as
of many of our disciplines.                      having a professional edge over your
                                                 colleagues. Students with a graduate
Master’s Programs                                certificate have often honed their skills
A master’s degree can put you steps              and made themselves more qualified in
above your peers in the workplace and            the professional workplace.
will significantly enhance your qualifi-
cations if you plan to pursue a full-time        Financing Your Education
doctoral program. We offer rigorous              There is no doubt that a graduate
professional and predoctoral programs            degree is an investment in a future of
that complement and enhance your                 professional, academic, and artistic
skills in the social sciences, humani-           work. To help make this invaluable
ties, arts, education, natural sciences,         investment possible, many of our
computational sciences, and physical             students receive partial need- and
sciences. With an emphasis on small              merit-based scholarships. For more
classes and faculty mentorship, we               information, look for the financial aid
offer the opportunity to work closely            information included in this package or
with our distinguished senior scholars.          visit the Graduate School of Arts and
                                                 Sciences Web site.
On average, our master’s students
are here for four semesters, but many            Please contact the Graduate School of
programs may be completed in one                 Arts and Sciences or your department
year. Because your time here is short            of interest for more information about
and intense, we offer a number of ways           Brandeis. We look forward to receiving
to support you both inside and outside           your application.
the classroom: a one-year master’s
                                                 LEARN MORE >
colloquium to develop basic gradu-
                                                 brandeis.edu/gsas/programs
ate skills; master’s research funding to
sponsor research for master’s theses;
travel funds to attend scholarly confer-
ences; and intensive career services for
professional development.




                 Brandeis University // Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

								
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