Master of Jewish Liberal Studies

Discover your personal connection to Judaism through the creative vision of Jewish artists, poets, writers, musicians, philosophers and historians. A Master of Jewish Liberal Studies is a 31-credit interdisciplinary exploration of Jewish culture and civilization, viewed through the lens of the Jewish humanities. 

Course of Study

Many students complete the MJLS degree through online learning; if you live locally, you may select from a mix of online and on-campus courses. All students participate in a weeklong summer residential seminar, held on campus, during the course of their studies. As part of the course of study, students take eight credits of text courses which require one hour of synchronous study with a fellow student.

Degree Requirements

  • Basic Hebrew reading
  • Completion of 31 credits, detailed below:
Jewish History and Culture
Texts of Jewish History and Culture* 8
Summer Weeklong Residential Seminar 3
Selection of four 3-credit Jewish Culture Electives
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
  • 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.



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