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Joint Degrees

 

The Heller School participates in two joint doctoral programs with Brandeis University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Joint PhD/MA in Social Policy and Women's and Gender Studies and the Joint PhD in Social Policy and Sociology.

Joint PhD/MA in Social Policy and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Heller School offers a joint PhD/MA with Brandeis University's Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. The joint degree provides an opportunity to mesh the Heller School's research and analytical training, along with a focus on a social policy issue, with issues that affect women.

The PhD/MA is for a select group of students who essentially wish for one more interdisciplinary perspective. You must be willing to do additional coursework, take part in a colloquium series, and write a thesis. If you choose to do this program, you do so in place of the MA in Social Policy awarded as part of the Heller doctoral program.

Enrollment in the PhD/MA takes place after formally enrolling and being accepted to the Heller PhD in Social Policy program. To inquire about applying to this joint program, please contact the Heller Admissions Office by phone at 781-736-3820 or by email at HellerAdmissions@Brandeis.edu.

Joint PhD in Social Policy and Sociology

The Heller School, in conjunction with Brandeis's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, offers a joint PhD program with the Department of Sociology. This degree allows for in-depth study in one of the disciplinary foundations of the Heller PhD. There is a three-year residency for the joint degree.

Students must first be enrolled in either department prior to applying to the joint program and are encouraged to apply during their first year of study at Brandeis. The application deadline is April 1 for the following September. Admission to the complementary department is not guaranteed. Students are responsible for obtaining a letter of recommendation from their program director.

Students will undertake both the Heller Comprehensive Paper process as well as the Sociology Qualifying Portfolio and Defense Committee process. One dissertation with a five-person committee will suffice for both departments.

To inquire about this program, please contact the Heller Admissions Office by phone at 781-736-3820 or by email at HellerAdmissions@Brandeis.edu.