School Profile: Brandeis University

Healthcare Degrees at Brandeis

Brandeis University appears in our ranking of the Top 10 Best Master’s in Health Informatics Degrees

Near Newton-Wellesley and Waltham Children’s Hospitals, Brandeis University has five top-tier healthcare programs for entering the prosperous $3 trillion industry. For example, the Health: Science, Society, and Policy Major started in 2003 expands undergrads’ interdisciplinary knowledge of human disease. Chaired by Dr. James Morris, the 2013 Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence winner, the 128-credit B.A./B.S. integrates one internship into courses like Epidemiology and Biodiversity with a 10:1 professor ratio. Adhering to the ABGC exam, the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling trains clinical lab specialists for testing hereditary conditions. Founded by Dr. Judith Tsipis in 1992, New England’s oldest such program spans two years with 60 credits like Genomics and Reproductive Health with seven internship weeks.

The Heller School partners with Brandeis University’s Institute on Healthcare Systems to confer a 16-month Healthcare Management MBA with 100 percent placement in senior-level jobs. Directed by Dr. Darren Zinner, the 64-credit, practical-based program includes Waltham courses like Health Economics and the Team Consulting Project. Similarly, the M.S. in Global Health Policy & Management parallels an MPH for Brandeis post-grads seeking to foster better population outcomes. This 32-credit, nine-month degree led by Dr. Diana Bowser, the 2015 Schneider Institute Research Award winner, belongs to the Boston Consortium with courses like Health Financing. Online via Moodle, the M.S. in Health & Medical Informatics currently has 63 students innovating IT solutions to safeguard patient data. Graduates of the flexible 30-credit, part-time master’s have excelled with Novartis, Bayer, AstraZeneca, Massachusetts General, and more.

About Brandeis University

Brandeis University was opened in 1948 by National Hillel Commission chairman Abram Sachar to address higher education’s discrimination against Jews. Welcoming an inaugural class of 107 that October, Brandeis attracted First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to its Board in 1949. Elected to the elite AAU 36 years later, the private, nonsectarian research institute continually upholds its namesake’s dedication to justice. Budgeting $296.2 million yearly, Brandeis has 569 faculty teaching 5,702 Judges, including several healthcare majors, each 15-week term with 260+ clubs. Brandeis University occupies a 235-acre Cedarwood campus in Middlesex County just 15 miles west of Boston on Interstate 90. Linked to 38,840 LinkedIn alumni, Brandeis University has trained Sidney Blumenthal, Rachel Zimmerman, Angela Davis, Tony Goldwyn, and more.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked Brandeis the 34th best national university, 39th top high school counselor pick, and 11th best health policy school. On Niche, Brandeis has America’s 77th best biology program, 77th hardest academics, and 118th top education. The Princeton Review recognized Brandeis for the sixth most service-engaged students. Forbes placed Brandeis University 99th overall with the 71st happiest alums. Times Higher Education placed Brandeis in the world’s top 250 universities. Kiplinger’s declared Brandeis the country’s 31st best private value. The CWUR noticed Brandeis University for the 79th best faculty and 169th most research influence. According to the Social Mobility Index, Brandeis has the 307th best opportunity for low-income learners. Washington Monthly also crowned Brandeis the 77th best affordable elite school.

Brandeis University Accreditation Details

In September 2018, Brandeis University will undergo all-inclusive evaluation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) to keep Level VI accreditation for another 10 years under its ninth president, Dr. Ronald Liebowitz. Based 13 miles north in Burlington, this Northeast accreditor is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to check the quality of Brandeis’ 42 baccalaureate, 47 master’s, and 18 doctoral majors in Waltham. The Heller School’s Healthcare Management MBA holds Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) approval. The Master of Science is accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) too.

Brandeis University Application Requirements

Getting into Brandeis University is labeled “most difficult” by Peterson’s because just 3,796 of the 11,351 Fall 2016 applications were successful for 34 percent acceptance. First-year Judges should have attempted AP or IB-level courses during their high school diploma. Three-fourths of freshmen rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes. On average, undergrads have a 3.95 GPA, 1420 SAT score, and 30 ACT score, but Brandeis has test-optional admission. The Rabb School of Graduate Professional Studies requires a bachelor’s or foreign equivalent with 3.0 GPAs or better. The Healthcare Management MBA accepts a mean GMAT score of 708. The Genetic Counseling M.S. has undergrad prerequisites of Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, and Psychology. All also require non-native English speakers to achieve minimum 68 PTE or 600 TOEFL scores.

Brandeis University has an Early Decision deadline of November 1st and Regular Decision deadline of January 1st for freshmen. HSSP Major transfers apply until March 15th for Fall or November 1st for Spring entry. Graduate dates vary greatly though; for example, the M.S. in Global Health Policy & Management has a Round 1 deadline of January 15th and Round 2 deadline of March 1st. File the Brandeis Application or Common Application online accordingly. Extra materials can be mailed to 415 South Street in Waltham, MA 02453. Inquire more at (781) 736-3500 or admissions@brandeis.edu. Future healthcare practitioners shouldn’t forget these:

  • $75 application fee via credit card
  • Official copies of transcripts/diplomas
  • GMAT/GRE scores less than five years old
  • Two professional recommendation letters
  • Personal motivation statement (500 words)
  • Résumé of recent healthcare experiences
  • Evidence of English proficiency if international

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2018-19, Brandeis University will bill Health: Science, Society, and Policy B.A./B.S. undergrads $53,260 full-time. Mandatory fees add $1,780 per year. Living at the Waltham campus’ 19 dorms like Rosenthal Quad costs $8,660. Standard meal plans charge $6,600. Annual bachelor’s attendance has a $70,300 price tag. The M.S. in Health & Informatics presently costs $1,178 per credit or $35,340 total online. Graduates pay $50,728 with $544 for fees in the Healthcare Management MBA or M.S. in Global Health Policy & Management. The Genetic Counseling M.S. bills slightly less at $50,184 for yearly full-time tuition.

According to the NCES College Navigator, 59 percent of full-time Brandeis Judges share $74.5 million in annual financial assistance for average offers of $35,310 each. Institutional funds include the Edward Fein Scholarship, Stroum Family Waltham Scholarship, Leonard Bernstein Fellowship, Wien International Scholarship, Richard & Barbara Silverman Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, and Giumette Academic Achievement Award. The Heller School has 50 percent tuition discounts for AmeriCorps and Peace Corps volunteers. The Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program offers up to $18,077 annually. Completing the FAFSA application with code 002133 could open Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG Grant, Direct Loan, and Work-Study opportunities. Bay State natives might earn the Christian A. Herter Scholarship, MASS Grant, or Gilbert Matching Grant. The Massachusetts Loan Repayment Program can also forgive a maximum of $50,000 for healthcare professionals.

Learn more about Brandeis University at the Rabb School of Graduate Professional Studies website.