All programs train students in areas that cross the boundaries
of traditional scientific disciplines. Each program
has its own emphasis; prospective applicants can learn about
the curriculum and research focus of a particular program
by clicking on the appropriate link shown at right.
All three of the life sciences Ph.D. have certain basic
features in common:
- All programs emphasize training students to do research.
The majority of classroom study is completed in the first
two semesters after entry; dissertation research starts
the summer after the first year.
- Students may select as dissertation advisor any one
of the more than 50 life sciences
faculty members affiliated with five different academic
departments. The choice of one of the four programs
does not restrict the choice of advisor.
- All successful applicants to the Ph.D. programs in the
life sciences are offered full tuition waivers, a stipend,
and health insurance allowance. The stipend for the 2011-2012
academic year is $29,580 (for a 12-month period)
and the health insurance allowance up to $2,500 for a total
financial package of $32,080.
- The life science Ph.D. programs begin admitting students
on January 1st. Applications are welcome until the class
is complete (usually in April).
- Students in all four programs can participate in the
new Brandeis interdepartmental Graduate
Program in Quantitative Biology to be trained in new
research fields that cross the traditional boundaries
between life sciences and physical sciences.
Prospective applicants should consult the individual
program descriptions for guidance on which program is most
suitable for their needs and interests. Students with
interests in the physical sciences may also wish to read
about the Brandeis Chemistry and Physics Ph.D. programs. General information about graduate
study at Brandeis can be obtained from the Graduate
School of Arts and Sciences web site.