Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Comparative Humanities


415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Comparative Humanities

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Brandeis University's Master of Arts in Comparative Humanities (M.A.C.H.) is a flexible master’s program in which students design their own interdisciplinary Humanities curriculum, in consultation with a faculty mentor. This is a program in which students find their niche, pursue a passion, enhance a career in the humanities, and/or prepare for future doctoral study.

Highlights of the one-year, full time M.A. in Comparative Humanities program include:

  • Flexible, interdisciplinary curriculum that encourages cross-cultural and trans-regional work and is tailored to students’ interests, drawing upon 30 program areas;
  • Individualized faculty mentorship that capitalizes on Brandeis’ close-knit community of scholars to advise students in curriculum selection and capstone project completion;
  • Located just outside of Boston (in Waltham, Massachusetts) with its world-renowned academic resources, internships, research, and career opportunities;
  • Generous scholarships are available.

Housed in Brandeis’ Mandel Center for the Humanities, the comparative humanities program draws upon the strengths of faculty in fields ranging from film to philosophy, history to the fine arts, and literature to women’s and gender studies, with the potential for connections to the natural sciences and other fields. The program brings together a cadre of students committed to the richness of multiple cultural perspectives and to exploring problems that require interdisciplinary understanding. The program also draws upon Brandeis' close connections with well-known academic, cultural, and research resources in the Boston area, making Brandeis an ideal location for securing local internships, as well as research and career opportunities.

The program provides both guidance and flexibility for:

  • Professional or pre-professional students seeking advanced training in language, literature, and cultural studies
  • Prospective doctoral candidates seeking rigorous preparation in textual and cultural studies
  • Students who want to explore several fields before identifying a definitive career path
  • Current teachers planning to return to the classroom and non-teachers looking to teach at the secondary or community college levels
  • Individuals with knowledge of one discipline wanting to enhance their understanding of another

Brandeis is a small research university, just nine miles from Boston, devoted to excellence in both teaching and research. We invite you to learn more about the M.A. in Humanities.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); member of the Association of American Universities (AAU)

International Student Requirements:

International applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an  English-speaking institution within an English-speaking country must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Test scores should not be more than two years old. The GSAS TOEFL school code is 3261. Students who have graduated from a university in the following English-speaking countries (USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand) are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement. Minimum scores for each exam are: • 600 (paper-based TOEFL) • 250 (computer-based TOEFL) • 100 (internet-based TOEFL) • 7 (IELTS)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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