Brandeis University was founded in 1948, starting out with 107 students. Today, the university enrolls approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students and has grown into a leading private research university with a liberal arts focus. Brandeis University is a member of the Association of American Universities, which is made up of 62 leading research universities in the U.S. and Canada. In addition to this honor, several Brandeis University alumni have gone on to distinguish themselves, with three Pulitzer Prize winners, a Nobel laureate, and several Emmy award-winning actors, broadcasters, and producers among the ranks. The university has also been ranked among the top 35 national universities by U.S. News & World Report every single year since the rankings began.
In addition to traditional site-based programs, Brandeis University offers a limited number of graduate programs online through its Division of Graduate Professional Studies. Programs available in online format through this division include: health and medical informatics, information assurance, information technology management, management of projects and programs, software engineering, and virtual team management and communication. Online courses in these programs are taught by the same faculty members who teach the campus-based courses. The online courses are delivered through a program called LATTE, a learning system based off of Moodle. Instructors use this system to upload course content, including syllabi, lectures, assignments, and thought questions, and students can log in and access this content 24/7. All programs offered through this division are part-time master’s programs in applied fields.
Brandeis University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The university has maintained this accreditation since 1953.
Brandeis University is unique in that it allows prospective students to enroll in up to two individual graduate courses before being formally admitted into the master’s program. However, for a student to complete any additional courses, he or she must have applied for admission, and completing these courses beforehand does not guarantee a student will be admitted to a master’s program. Admission is on a rolling basis and requires students to fill out an application and submit supporting documentation, including official transcripts from every college or university attended, resume or CV, a statement of goals in at least 500 words, and a letter of recommendation. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree to be eligible for admission. International students whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL or IELTS to measure their English proficiency. Finally, those who earned an undergraduate degree outside the country must agree to an education credential evaluation.
Division of Graduate Professional Studies
Rabb School of Continuing Studies
415 South Street, Mail Stop 084
P.O. Box 549110
Waltham, MA 02454-9110