Bachelor’s Degree Completion

Students may transfer undergraduate credits to Hebrew College and complete a bachelor's degree, even if they have been out of school for several years. Various options are available for majors in Jewish education and Jewish studies.

The undergraduate program at Hebrew College prepares students to become well-rounded, literate participants in the global community. The undergraduate program aims for each student to receive an education of both depth and breadth that builds critical analysis, independent thought, self-expression and the research and writing skills necessary for advanced scholarship and research. Our general education requirements, completed prior to enrollment at Hebrew College, ensure adequate breadth with regard to the arts and humanities, the sciences/mathematics and the social sciences.

Course of Study

In order to apply to the degree program, students will need to have completed 60 credits of general education in an accredited institution of higher learning other than Hebrew College. Both the BAJS (Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies) and BJEd (Bachelor of Jewish Education) require the same completion of general education requirements before enrollment:

General education distribution (32 credits)

  • Two courses in English
  • Two courses in humanities
  • Two courses in social sciences
  • Two courses in math, science or computer science

Elective courses (28 credits)

Degree Requirements

Completion of an additional 60 credits, detailed below:

Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies
Course Credits
Jewish Studies
Selection of Jewish Culture Electives
Hebrew Language
Senior Final Project







Bachelor of Jewish Education
Course Credits
Jewish Studies 15
Jewish Education 20
Hebrew Language 16
Electives Selection of Jewish Culture 9







Application Requirements

  • Completed application and fee
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate study
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Two essays
  • Interview, in-person or by phone

Application Deadline

Priority application deadlines are May 15 for fall admission and Nov. 15 for spring admission. Extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis, though financial aid awards may be more limited for late applications.

Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Coursework

Students with a substantial number of undergraduate credits may complete a combined bachelor's and master's degree. Undergraduate and graduate degree requirements are fulfilled, and you will receive the two degrees simultaneously.

  • 60 credits in Jewish Studies
  • 13 credits electives
  • 16 credits in Hebrew language
  • 3 credits Graduate Research Seminar (master's paper)



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