Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

History - Doctorate


415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Despite its relatively small size, Brandeis University's Department of History offers students a comprehensive, flexible, varied, and vibrant education in the study of the past. Our Ph.D. program has consistently received high marks in national surveys and rankings and can boast an outstanding placement record. The History department takes pride in having among its faculty and among its alumni several award-winning historians. It combines the best of both worlds: the intimacy of a small liberal-arts college department and the intellectual strength of a major research institution. As historical scholarship increasingly crosses boundaries of discipline and nation, the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in History train students to research, write, and teach history at the highest level. Our program’s broad and rigorous training will equip students to make a contribution beyond the academy; students are encouraged to tackle problems of large and urgent importance, not only to other scholars, but to wider civic dialogues that require an understanding of the past. Our faculty members prepare future historians for the excitement and challenges of a career devoted to exploring and explaining the past. A flexible program of study allows students to work closely with the faculty. These programs combine: --intensive work with world-class faculty members; --flexible requirements that encourage students to define their own courses of study; --a vibrant intellectual community within a small research university; and --extensive documentary resources at Brandeis and in the greater Boston area. Our Ph.D. program offers opportunities for students to study many areas of world history, building on the department's special strengths in American and European history. Students take a mix of thematic seminars covering broad historical questions as well as colloquia providing intensive study of regional and national histories. Students also engage in primary-source research from the time they arrive on campus, working independently with the help of faculty advisers. All students admitted to the Ph.D. program receive tuition waivers and fellowships renewable for a total of five years. After the first year, students will begin an apprenticeship in college teaching, receive formal training in pedagogy, and work closely with faculty mentors. After four semesters of preparation as a teaching fellow, students will also have the chance to create and teach their own courses. Students will teach for only five of their 10 semesters of fellowship, with assignments matched as closely as possible to their own professional objectives. Our one-year M.A. program in history is designed to be flexible in meeting the varied academic and professional needs of graduate students. The M.A. program is especially well-suited to those individuals interested in comparative and transnational history. In close consultation with their advisors, students will choose from a wide array of courses. Each student will complete an individualized capstone project, with options for intensive research, experiential learning, and integrated study. All M.A. applicants are eligible for need-based aid; merit scholarships are available for those with exceptional promise.


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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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