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:

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.


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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 psychology 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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