Jewish Studies has traditionally offered an opportunity to critically examine the Jewish past and its legacy. Our new master’s degree in Jewish Studies and graduate certificates focus that spiritual and intellectual legacy upon contemporary challenges and emerging expressions of Jewish life, values, ethics and wisdom. 

Choose the right Jewish Studies degree program for you.

Our master’s degrees may be completed as a full-time or part-time student, and are mostly taken online. Residential attendance at one weeklong summer seminar is required for both master’s programs. 

Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MAJS)

Our Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MAJS) combines in-depth study of Jewish texts with a thorough grounding in academic approaches to Jewish history, culture and religion.  This is a 36-credit program, and includes a co-curricular requirement of intermediate level Hebrew proficiency.  We now offer two new optional MAJS specializations for those who wish to delve deeper into these particular subject areas. These specializations may also be taken as certificates:

Master of Jewish Liberal Studies (MJLS)

Our Master of Jewish Liberal Studies (MJLS) is ideal for those seeking personal enrichment through an interdisciplinary exploration of culture and civilization, viewed through the lens of the Jewish humanities – art, poetry, literature, music, philosophy and history.  This is a 31-credit degree program requiring only basic Hebrew knowledge. The MJLS may be done with a specialization in Global Interreligious Leadership 

Dual Degree Program

We also offer a dual degree program, combining a Master of Jewish Education and a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies. 

Online Learning

Learn more about online learning and Hebrew College's pioneering work in this exciting learning modality. 



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"Our new program offers a unique blend of flexibility and intensive, rigorous scholarship."
 — Rabbi Ariel Mayse, Director of Jewish Studies