Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
415 South Street, MS 084
Waltham, MA 02453
Brandeis University’s Master’s and PhD programs in Psychology offer the great advantages of small, focused programs with close faculty-student mentoring around rigorous training. Members of our faculty conduct research in diverse areas, including cognitive science; normal and abnormal psychology; health psychology; social interaction; life span development and aging; spatial orientation; neurological bases of sensation, perception, memory and emotion; and the effects of brain damage.
Master's degree candidates will come away with a solid understanding of the scientific foundations of psychology, as well as rigorous training and direct experience in conducting research, from experimental design to data collection and analysis. Recent graduates of our master’s program have gone on to pursuits such as doctoral programs, research assistants, clinical research coordinators, education administrators, consultants/ advisors and project managers, as well as to careers in marketing, finance, government, tutoring and law.
The PhD program in psychology at Brandeis emphasizes both intense research and breadth and depth of knowledge. You will focus on a particular area of research, while also being part of a community of researchers. Your dissertation adviser will be a leader in his or her field — from cortical-hippocampal interactions in learning to lifespan development, from taste perception to cultural neuroscience, to name a few. In both coursework and interactive workshops, we emphasis rigorous and open science practices and advanced methodological training.
Our Brain Body Behavior program provides an overarching, unifying framework that facilitates collaboration and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas. Unlike most PhD programs, we don’t divide students into traditional areas (cognitive, social, developmental etc.). Rather, we aim to foster truly interdisciplinary research and training that helps students develop an area of research specialization while providing opportunities to bring various theoretical and methodological perspectives to work in their chosen area of training. These include not only perspectives from the discipline of psychology, but its intersection with neuroscience, computer science, and biology.
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