Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences



415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Brandeis graduate programs in History train students to research, write, and teach history at the highest level. Our MA and PhD degrees emphasize the need for broad perspectives on urgent problems, rooted in a thorough and in-depth knowledge of the past. Through courses, supervised research, and teaching fellowships, future historians prepare for the excitement and challenges of a career devoted to exploring and explaining the past.

There are many reasons to pursue an MA degree in history, including satisfying your intellectual appetite and deepening your understanding of the human story. Further study in history at the master's level will hone your research, writing and critical-thinking skills—all invaluable in any profession. Of course, a master's degree also makes you a stronger candidate for admission to a doctoral-degree program. If you want to further your mastery of historical research and writing, Brandeis offers a highly selective one-year MA program that is both rigorous and flexible. It is especially well suited to you if your interest lies in comparative and transnational history.

By pursuing a PhD degree in history, you will explore the world's broad historical questions and delve deeply into regional and national histories in an environment that prizes collaborative learning. Whether you are preparing for an academic position or a career in the public or private sector, a PhD in history will enable you to make sense of the past and connect that understanding to the most pressing challenges of the present.

While our department has special strengths in American and European history, doctoral candidates can take advantage of a diverse range of other graduate programs at Brandeis to complement their course of study. Recent rankings place our department as the 8th-most prestigious in North America, alongside the history departments of Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Chicago, among other top-tier universities.


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Eligibility Requirements:

All applicants must have obtained a bachelor's degree or the international equivalent prior to matriculation. Applicants are considered holistically on the basis of a number of factors. In most cases, previous work as an undergraduate major or as a formal minor (18 credits or more) is desirable. However, an applicant should always check with the History department concerning the suitability of previous academic work as it pertains to the degree program in question.

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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