MKTYP student engaging in class

Established in 1968, Brandeis' Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program is part of the institution's enduring commitment to access, equality and equity in higher education.

The Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program (MKTYP) is for students who have demonstrated academic promise, leadership potential and resilience in their life experiences, but may have lacked access to pre-college academic opportunities and resources. During their first year, students in the program take a mixture of Brandeis undergraduate courses and specially designed MKTYP courses.

MKTYP's small classes and strong support resources will help you apply your focus, energy, perseverance and maturity to a rigorous post-secondary course of study — preparing you to pursue possibilities that extend far beyond Brandeis.

Each year, 20 outstanding students (out of more than 200 applicants) are admitted to Brandeis through the MKTYP. Their stories are a testament to their ambition, courage, resilience and triumph.


MKTYP students studying

Applying to MKTYP

Each applicant must be projected to complete high school or its equivalent (for example, earning a GED) prior to enrolling at Brandeis.

A detailed list of application materials is available on the first-year applicants page — be sure to check the MKTYP tab.

Have questions about applying? Contact us at

MKTYP students in the Academic Services Lobby


Interviews are optional but strongly encouraged for the MKTYP.

Interviews are conducted by current Brandeis students, and serve as a great way for you to learn more about Brandeis and the MKTYP program. They also provide you with a personal connection during the application process and let us get to know you better.

MKTYP students smiling on the Great Lawn

Financial Aid

Brandeis University meets 100% of calculated institutional financial need as determined by the CSS Profile and federal income-tax returns for each year of an admitted MKTYP student's attendance. MKTYP applicants must submit the FAFSA and CSS Profile by the February 1 application deadline. A typical financial-aid package will consist of a need-based scholarship, loans and a work award.

Applicants to the MKTYP should contact Cathy Nelson in the Office of Student Financial Services for additional information.