Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Bryn Mawr College

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 3
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
7 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


A Graduate Education in a Liberal Arts Environment

Bryn Mawr College was inaugurated in 1885 as the first graduate school admitting women. Today, Bryn Mawr College admits highly qualified women and men to its co-ed graduate programs. As well as enjoying a reputation as a top women's liberal arts college in the northeastern United States, Bryn Mawr offers graduate students the supportive community of the college, a cohort of highly motivated fellow students, and the individual attention of highly motivated and distinguished faculty members.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) offers rigorous training and close working relationships between students and faculty members in 6 highly regarded departments. Students in the 3 humanities departments form the distinctive, interdisciplinary Graduate Groups in Archaeology, Classics, and the History of Art. The Departments of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics similarly offer graduate students the opportunity to build productive relationships across disciplinary lines in ways that help prepare them for dynamic careers in their various fields of study.

The small size of Bryn Mawr's graduate programs provides all students in the GSAS with the individualized attention that is the hallmark of a liberal arts education. At the same time, students work with faculty mentors to build diverse and productive relationships with scholars and industry leaders in their fields at national and international conferences and research sites. The many proud GSAS alumnae frequently return to campus, networking and socializing with current students at regular career symposia.

Bryn Mawr College is located in a dense concentration of institutions in the Philadelphia area, and, in addition to courses and seminars at Bryn Mawr, students can enroll in classes at the University of Pennsylvania and in some cases, Princeton University.

The Graduate Group in the Humanities

The Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art is a unique, interdepartmental program that encourages multi-disciplinary study through bi- or tri-departmental seminars (GSems). Each program awards its own master's and Ph.D. degrees.

The graduate curriculum emphasizes breadth and depth of study and prepares students for careers in a broad range of fields including teaching, research, publishing, and work in museums and foundations. Students are permitted to take courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Princeton University and are given access to world-class resources such as the University of Pennsylvania's collection of archaeological and ethnographic materials and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

A Leader in Archaeology, Art History, and Classical Studies

Bryn Mawr College was one of the first academic institutions in the nation to recognize the field of archaeology as an independent area of study by establishing a department of classical archaeology and providing extensive library and photographic resources. The "Bryn Mawr Classical Review" is recognized and respected worldwide for its timely reviews of current scholarly work in the field of classical studies and archaeology. In addition, Bryn Mawr College has been recognized as one of a few influential institutions that helped establish art history's place in American culture.

The Graduate Group in Science and Mathematics

Bryn Mawr's graduate programs in chemistry, mathematics, and physics each offer their own distinctive, individually tailored, and rigorous courses of study. These individual programs are complemented by the interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Science and Mathematics program where faculty members and students participate in regular interdisciplinary seminars to enhance the professional development of graduate students. These seminars provide a variety of opportunities for productive collaboration, networking and honing communication skills with peers, faculty members, and visiting scholars.

An Internationally Known Faculty and Cutting Edge Research

Faculty members in the chemistry, mathematics, and physics degree programs publish in top journals and are successful in winning funding from NIH, NSF, and other agencies. Examples of current research areas include nanomaterials and magnetic spintropnics in the labs of May Cheng, an NSF CAREER awardee, high through-put organometallic catalysis in Jason Schmink's labs, ultracold Rydberg atoms in Michael Noel's laser labs funded by NSF, molybdenum enzyme model studies in the labs of NIH-awardee Sharon Burgmayer. Research interests of graduate faculty members in mathematics include topology and knot theory, algebraic number theory, dynamic systems and number theory.

For additional details on research areas and accomplishments, see individual programs webpages.

Financial Assistance

Bryn Mawr College offers many forms of financial support, including fellowships, tuition awards, teaching, research, and curatorial assistantships, and summer stipends. Financial support is provided for travel to present research at conferences and to participate in workshops. Several distinguished fellowships are offered to exceptionally qualified applicants to the Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art.

Campus and Surroundings

Bryn Mawr College is situated on 49 suburban acres on Philadelphia's Main Line, just 11 miles west of the city. A short, 20-minute train ride connects campus to Center City Philadelphia and Amtrak's northeast corridor service.

Location & Contact

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Bryn Mawr College

101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
United States

Maria Dantis

Graduate Program Administrator

Phone: 610-526-5074

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 7
    • Doctoral Degrees 17
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


21% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 134
    • Accepted 29
    • Acceptance Rate 21
    • Enrolled 12
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 3rd January 3rd Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 3
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Graduate Assistantships, tuition awards

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students99
    • Female Percentage76%
    • Male Percentage24%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students99
    • Part-time Percentage16%
    • Full-time Percentage84%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian67%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander1%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown23%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty70
    • Full-time Percentage89%
    • Part-time Percentage11%
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%