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Master of Arts in Jewish Studies

The Master of Arts in Jewish Studies degree gives you the keys to unlocking Judaism and Jewish texts and defining your own path of original study and research.

Students who earn this degree use it to enrich their personal knowledge of Judaism at an advanced level, advance professionally in Jewish communal organizations, build a foundation for rabbinic or cantorial study or prepare for a career in Jewish academic scholarship.

Course of Study

The MAJS degree can be completed through online learning, or if you live locally, you may select from a mix of online and on-campus courses. All students participate in two weeklong summer residential seminars, held on campus, during the course of their studies. As part of the course of study, students take 12 credits of text courses which require one hour of synchronous study with a fellow student.

Degree Requirements

  • Demonstrated Hebrew proficiency of Level 4 or higher
  • Completion of 36 credits, detailed below:
Jewish History and Culture
Texts of Jewish History and Culture* 16
Two summer weeklong residential seminars 6
Selection of two 3-credit courses (electives) in Jewish culture
Graduate Research Seminar







* These courses include one hour of study each week with a study partner.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

Application Requirements

  • Completed application and fee
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate study
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one academic
  • 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.

Additional Information

Hebrew College may accept a limited number of transfer credits from other graduate institutions; official transcripts must be submitted for review.



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