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About Brandeis University

Why Choose Brandeis University?

At Brandeis University, our industry-aligned and innovative online programs are designed for working professionals, offering rigorous study in a flexible format, including accelerated part-time and full-time options. In addition to providing unparalleled instruction, we work hard to ensure you connect with other students in your program, building relationships that will last a lifetime.

Jeyanthi Ghatraju
“The professors have done an excellent job keeping up with current trends and providing insightful discussions as an important part of the curriculum. I have also had wonderful colleagues in the classes I have taken so far. They have brought much needed diversity in thoughts and experiences.”
– Jeyanthi Ghatraju, 2023

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Brandeis University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).


U.S. News & World Report (2022-2023) National Universities: No. 60 (most selective)

Fast Facts

100% online coursework

Small class sizes

Classes created and led by industry experts

Official STEM designations

President Ronald D. Liebowitz
“For more than 70 years, our institution has been guided and inspired by the words of our namesake, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis: ‘If we would guide by the light of reason, we must let our minds be bold.’”
– Ronald D. Liebowitz, President, Brandeis University

Our Mission

Brandeis University is a community of scholars and students united by their commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and its transmission from generation to generation. As a research university, Brandeis is dedicated to the advancement of the humanities, arts and social, natural and physical sciences. As a liberal arts college, Brandeis affirms the importance of a broad and critical education in enriching the lives of students and preparing them for full participation in a changing society, capable of promoting their own welfare, yet remaining deeply concerned about the welfare of others.

In a world of challenging social and technological transformations, Brandeis remains a center of open inquiry and teaching, cherishing its independence from any doctrine or government. It strives to reflect the heterogeneity of the United States and of the world community whose ideas and concerns it shares. In the belief that the most important learning derives from the personal encounter and joint work of teacher and students, Brandeis encourages undergraduates and postgraduates to participate with distinguished faculty in research, scholarship and artistic activities.

Brandeis was founded in 1948 as a nonsectarian university under the sponsorship of the American Jewish community to embody its highest ethical and cultural values and to express its gratitude to the United States through the traditional Jewish commitment to education. By being a nonsectarian university that welcomes students, teachers and staff of every nationality, religion and orientation, Brandeis renews the American heritage of cultural diversity, equal access to opportunity and freedom of expression.

The university that carries the name of the justice who stood for the rights of individuals must be distinguished by academic excellence, by truth pursued wherever it may lead and by awareness of the power and responsibilities that come with knowledge.

Our Vision

Brandeis is a research university shaped by a spirit of rigorous inquiry. And because Brandeis is smaller than other research universities, it is also marked by a particular connectivity. Faculty, students and staff engage with others across departments, disciplines and interests. This results in an academic and social environment that is both deeply curious and collaborative.

Our Values

Brandeis produces important, daring and consequential scholarship. It is a proud member of the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Brandeis students are eager to learn. They cross boundaries to engage seriously with new ideas, approaches and subjects, often in unexpected combinations of disciplines.

From its start, Brandeis welcomed students and faculty from all backgrounds and circumstances.

The Brandeis community possesses a deep commitment to social justice.

In the spirit of its Jewish heritage, and inspired by its namesake, Justice Louis Brandeis, Brandeis students, alumni and faculty apply their talents to improve the world.

Students strolling to their classes at Brandeis University

Our History

Brandeis University was founded in 1948 by the American Jewish community at a time when Jews and other ethnic and racial minorities, and women, faced discrimination in higher education.

The university was named for Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941), the first Jewish justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Brandeis made an indelible mark on modern jurisprudence by shaping free speech, the right to privacy and the rights of ordinary citizens. He exemplified the values of the new university through his dedication to open inquiry and the pursuit of truth, insistence on critical thinking and his commitment to helping the common man.

Ours is a community rooted in purpose, guided by our founding values, poised to lead in education and research in the 21st century.