Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Near Eastern and Judaic Studies


415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA, Joint MA with Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, PhD

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Brandeis University's Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS) bears a proud tradition of scholarly excellence in the fields that it embraces. The program consists of the study of the Jewish people, including their history, religion, literature and place in civilization, the history, languages, and culture of the Bible and ancient Near East, and the study of Arabic and Islamic civilizations.

NEJS is one of the oldest and largest programs of its type outside of the State of Israel. We have the largest faculty in Jewish Studies of any secular American university. At Brandeis, students have the opportunity to study with the scholars who are, in many cases, the foremost experts in the world in their field. Our internationally renowned faculty has published dozens of books and hundreds of articles. Many are known throughout the world.

Brandeis' degree options include:

  • Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
  • M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
  • Joint M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women's and Gender Studies
  • Dual M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Hornstein: Jewish Professional Leadership


New England Association of Schools and Colleges

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 in a related undergraduate major or formal minor (18 credits or more) is desirable. However, an applicant should always check with the NEJS 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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