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 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 modern Middle East.
NEJS is one of the oldest and largest programs of its type outside the state of Israel. Brandeis has 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 fields.
Brandeis' degree options include: PhD in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; Joint PhD in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Sociology; MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; Joint MA in Women's and Gender Studies and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; and Dual MA with Hornstein: Jewish Professional Leadership; and MA in Teaching Hebrew.
Established in 1953, our department is one of the strongest and largest departments of its kind. We offer courses in a variety of subjects, including the Bible and ancient Near East; Islam; modern Middle East; Israel studies; Christianity; classical Rabbinics; Sephardic studies; Hebrew Literature; Jewish history and thought; contemporary Jewish life; and Jewish education.
We encourage you to learn more about our program, located just outside of Boston with its world-renowned academic resources -- an ideal location for internships, research, and career opportunities. As part of the Boston Area Graduate Consortium, Brandeis students are welcome to take advantage of the curricular opportunities at several area schools.
Generous scholarships and fellowships are available. Successful applicants to the Ph.D. programs are offered full tuition waivers, a stipend, and health insurance allowance. Most of our master’s students receive generous scholarships in the form of merit- and need-based aid.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
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.
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International Financial Aid:
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.