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:

The Brandeis graduate program in Politics is distinguished by methodological emphasis on analytical case study, including comparative case study rather than abstract mathematical modeling or statistical analysis. Substantive emphasis is on the politics of democratic and democratizing regimes.

The graduate curriculum emphasizes linkages among the patterns of American political development, contemporary American politics and the politics of other developed and developing democratic systems. The graduate curriculum also addresses the advanced industrial democracies of Western Europe, the democratizing states of Eastern Europe and the international political, economic and military-security relations among these states.

The graduate program features:

  • instruction in small seminars under close faculty supervision
  • supervised independent study within the program
  • supervised teaching assistantships
  • opportunities for study in the consortium of universities in the Boston area
  • the opportunity to incorporate work in related and relevant fields


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