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 three 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 2013-2014
academic year is $29,580 (for a 12-month period)
and the health insurance allowance up to $2,700 for a total
financial package of $32,280.
- The deadline for the PhD applications is January 15th. Late applications may be considered, but first consideration will be given to applications received by the deadline. The life science Ph.D. programs begin reviewing applications in early January.
- Students in all three programs can participate in the
Brandeis interdepartmental Graduate
Program in Quantitative Biology to be trained in 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.