Two-Year Advanced Study Track

This two-year residential track follows the same first year curriculum as all other SID program tracks. In their second year, students in this track are required to complete at least 12 credits of coursework per semester. Advanced Studies students work closely with an academic adviser to develop a specialized courseplan and a substantial research paper (called a master's paper) in their main area of interest. This track is best for students with at least two years of work experience who want to design their own second year of study in order to dig deeply into a specific interest area.

Students use their second year in residence to build more expertise in their chosen specialization by taking additional courses in the SID program, at other programs at the Heller School, at Brandeis or at universities throughout the Boston Consortium. The advanced study culminates with a presentation of the student’s work at a Capstone event in May of the students’ second year.  Students who complete all credit requirements, the required master’s paper, and their Capstone presentation are eligible to graduate in May of their second year.