School of Graduate Studies, Cincinnati
The School of Graduate Studies is a center for study, training, research, and publication in Judaic and Cognate Studies. The School excels in resources, staff, library holdings, and research facilities. The School awards M.A., M.Phil., D.H.L., and Ph.D. degrees to men and women, both Jewish and non-Jewish, who are preparing for careers in teaching and scholarship. Major areas of study include: Bible, History of Biblical Interpretation, Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Ancient History, Jewish and Christian Civilizations in the Greco-Roman Period, Rabbinical Literature from the Hellenistic to the Modern Periods, Jewish Religious Thought and Philosophy, Jewish Law and Ethics, and Modern European and American Jewish History.
The Doctor of Philosophy Degree
The Ph.D. is awarded to students who have achieved demonstrated
mastery of a well-defined area of study. The specifics of an area
of study are determined by the student in consultation with faculty
advisors. Competence or mastery of a broad area of study is based
on satisfying the following four requirements:
The course of study is seen as a means of helping the student attain a level of competence sufficient for the candidacy
- Residency and course work on campus of at least two years' duration. (Candidates may not normally receive the Ph.D. degree
earlier than three years after admission into official residency.)
- Passing of candidacy exams.
- Satisfactory completion of a dissertation which reflects the student's ability to apply the knowledge and methods learned, and
demonstrates a capacity to carry out a scholarly research project.
- A public dissertation lecture, presented by the student, after acceptance of the written dissertation by the faculty.
Generally, students are required to complete 72 course credit hours of graduate course work or their equivalent, ordinarily over a
three-year period. After completing required course work and with approval of a faculty advisory committee, the student may sit for
candidacy examinations, which consist of three 5-hour exams. Students who satisfactorily complete the candidacy exams are eligible to
receive the Master of Philosophy degree.
The student selects two members of the faculty as his/her dissertation supervisors and submits a written dissertation proposal to the
Graduate Executive Committee of the School of Graduate Studies. The completed dissertation is circulated along with written reports
from the faculty advisors to the entire faculty. The dissertation must be completed by April 1 in order for the student to be
eligible for graduation in that year. Once the dissertation has been accepted, the student is invited to give a public dissertation
lecture which is primarily devoted to the dissertation.
With the giving of the oral dissertation lecture, the candidate has fulfilled all of the academic requirements for the Ph.D. degree.
Degrees are awarded at the annual commencement exercises in June.
A basic knowledge of Hebrew is a prerequisite for admission to the School of Graduate Studies. This requirement, generally speaking, translates into two to three years of Hebrew language study at the university or seminary level prior to admission. All students must take a Hebrew proficiency examination during orientation week, prior to registration. A student's performance on this examination may require him/her to register for all or part of a pre-residency, non-credit intensive Hebrew program specially designed for students of the School of Graduate Studies. In many cases, a partial program of regular graduate courses for credit may be taken concurrently by students taking the intensive Hebrew program. A student will not be admitted into official residency until he/she has successfully completed the Hebrew language requirement.
A reading knowledge of French and German is also a requirement
of the Ph.D. program. This requirement is ordinarily fulfilled by
a test administered through the modern language departments of the
University of Cincinnati. To remain in good standing, a student
must pass one of these modern language examinations by the end of
the first semester of official residency, i.e., the first semester
after fulfillment of the Hebrew language requirement. The second
foreign language requirement must be passed by the end of the third
semester of official residency.
Transfer of Credit and Advanced Standing
Transfer of credit for postgraduate work undertaken at other institutions
may be counted towards the residency requirement. Students normally
petition for credit at the end of their first year in the Ph.D.
program. All students must earn a minimum of 48 credits in residence
at the College-Institute.
In special cases, students may be admitted to the Ph.D. program
with advanced standing. Such students generally have strong backgrounds
in Hebrew language and previous postgraduate study (often an earned
degree) in a relevant field. Advanced standing normally entails
exemption from a significant portion of the pre-residency Hebrew
requirement, and exemption from up to one year (24 credit hours)
of residency. Students do not apply for advanced standing; determination
of eligibility is usually made by the Graduate Executive Committee
at the time of admission to the Ph.D. program.
Tuition and Fees
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Joint Programs with the University of Cincinnati
Jewish and Christian Studies in the Greco-Roman Period
HUC-JIR and the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati
offer a student interested in Jewish and Christian studies of the
Greco-Roman world an opportunity to pursue advanced studies in both
institutions and to take advantage of their combined resources.
The student whose emphasis is in intertestamental Jewish culture
or early Christianity may matriculate in the program at HUC-JIR.
The student whose interests lie primarily in the Greco-Roman world,
but include Judaica or early Christianity, may enroll in the Department
of Classics at the University of Cincinnati. Students at either
institution, therefore, are encouraged to include in their individual
programs relevant courses offered at both institutions.
Jewish Law and Ethics
The School of Graduate Studies offers Ph.D. and M.A. programs in
Jewish Law and Ethics, which include the participation of the University
of Cincinnati College of Law. The program features four main areas
of study: philosophy and ethics; law; Jewish legal texts; and comparative
law and ethics. Students take approximately one quarter of their
program at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. At HUC-JIR,
they take courses in Talmud, Post-Talmudic Halachic literature,
and Jewish ethics. They may enroll in additional courses in ethics
and Canon law at Xavier University and at the Atheneum Catholic
Seminary. Beyond the academic focus of the program, students are
offered the opportunity to take part in a variety of social service
and educational projects.
The Ordination-Ph.D. Program
program is designed to encourage academically talented rabbinical
students in Cincinnati to pursue doctoral degrees at the College-Institute.
The program enables students to matriculate into the Ph.D. program
of the School of Graduate Studies prior to ordination.
Students who wish to enter the program must apply to the School
of Graduate Studies by February 2 of their fourth year in the Rabbinical
School. For students who are admitted to the Ordination-Ph.D. program,
the first year of doctoral study is concurrent with the fifth year
of the rabbinical program. All coursework is directed towards fulfilling
Ph.D. requirements (outstanding rabbinical core requirements, if
any, excepted). In addition, the rabbinical thesis should be of
an academic character, preferably in the student's prospective area
of specialization at the doctoral level.
There is the expectation that students admitted to the program
will be granted advanced standing on the basis of credits earned
in relevant Rabbinical School courses. Students who are admitted
to the Ordination- Ph.D. program should be able to reach candidacy
status at the end of two years of full-time work following ordination.
For applications and additional information, students should contact
the School of Graduate Studies in Cincinnati.
The Master of Philosophy Degree
The degree of Master of Philosophy is granted, upon recommendation
of the faculty, to graduate students enrolled in the Ph.D. program
after the student has completed all the general and special requirements
of the Doctor of Philosophy degree except those relating to the
dissertation and the public dissertation lecture.
The Master of Arts Degree
The program leading to the Master of Arts degree is designed
to provide graduate level competency in one of the major fields
of study offered by the School of Graduate Studies.
The Master of Arts degree is awarded to students who have completed
45 hours of graduate work, or 36 hours plus a thesis, with an academic
record of B or better. At least 12 credit hours of course work in
the student's special field are required.
A Hebrew language requirement of 12 hours is an essential part
of the program. A student entering with competence in Hebrew may
receive this credit through examination.
Prior to the
close of the first semester in residency, the student is assigned
an advisor to guide in planning a program of study. The normal duration
of the M.A. program is two years. The normal course distribution
is, three academic semesters of 12 credit hours minimum and a fourth
semester of 9 credit hours. Students writing a thesis normally register
for 3 credit hours of thesis during the third semester and for 6
credit hours of thesis during their fourth semester. All requirements
for the degree must be completed within a span of four years. The
minimum residency required for the Master's degree is one year.
Awarding of the degree entails the successful completion of not
less than 24 credit hours earned in residence on the Cincinnati
Relationship to the Ph.D. Degree
The Master of Arts is designed to be a terminal degree. It is not,
therefore, necessarily part of a student's progress towards the
Ph.D. The student who completes the M.A. program may apply for admission
to the Ph.D. program, but completion of the M.A. does not necessarily
affect acceptance to, or the duration of, the Ph.D. program that
Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program will receive the Master
of Philosophy degree upon satisfactory completion of the candidacy
Tuition and Fees
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The Doctor of Hebrew Letters Degree
The Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree is available only to rabbinical
graduates of HUC-JIR (any campus). Eligibility is based on (a) the
Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters degree that they have earned, (b)
the two years of post-M.A.H.L. residency required for ordination,
(c) and rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR.
The D.H.L. program has three parts: a course of study, a set of
oral examinations, and a doctoral dissertation.
The course of study includes three subject areas - one major field
and two minor fields - identified by the student in collaboration
with three faculty advisors (one from each field). The fields may,
but need not, be related. The specific requirements of the course
of study may be fulfilled entirely by guided independent study,
or by a combination of independent study and course work.
Either the major or both minors must include substantial
study of Hebrew texts.
The major and minor areas normally are selected from the following
list. (Other Judaica areas may be considered as well, with approval.)
Written approvals for the program of study must be submitted by
the faculty advisors for each area. The program must be submitted
along with an application form and fee to the Director of the School
of Graduate Studies.
- Bible and Related Literature
- Hebrew Literature
- Human Relations
- Jewish Liturgy and Worship
- Jewish Religious Education
- Jewish Theology
- Jewish Philosophy
- Jewish History
- Judaism and Early Christianity
- Judaism and Hellenism
- Medieval Jewish Biblical Commentary
- Midrashic and Homiletic Literature
- Talmud and Rabbinical Literature
Upon approval of the program of study, the student is formally
admitted to D.H.L. candidacy. The three programs of study may be
completed concurrently or sequentially, depending on the candidate's
preferred manner of study. All requirements for the D.H.L. degree
must be completed within seven years from the date of the candidate's
matriculation into the program.
The D.H.L. examinations are oral and normally are given on campus.
Their content is based upon the work that comprises the course of
study. Candidates are usually examined in all three areas at one
time; it is possible, however, to take the examinations at separate
times if desired. Other members of the faculty are invited to join
the three faculty advisors for the D.H.L. examinations.
The candidate will propose the subject of a doctoral dissertation
in the major field to be written under the guidance of his/her faculty
advisor. The proposal may be submitted at any time during the course
of study, as early as the time of application, but no later than
one year prior to the anticipated date of graduation.
Two unbound submission copies of the completed dissertation, together
with the advisor's written evaluation approving the dissertation,
must be in the Office of the Registrar by April 1 if the D.H.L.
is to be awarded at the spring commencement.
The D.H.L. Program is also available at the New York and Los Angeles Schools.
The requirements are, with minor variations, the same as in the
Cincinnati Graduate School. Detailed information may be obtained
from the Dean of the particular campus.
Tuition and Fees
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Applications to the School of Graduate Studies, Cincinnati
- An earned bachelor's degree.
- Undergraduate major and/or master's level study in Hebrew, biblical/ancient studies, or Judaic studies. Two to three
years of university or seminary level Hebrew is recommended.
Candidates must submit completed application forms along with copies
of all transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, as well
as a statement of personal academic and professional goals. All
foreign students whose native language is not English must submit
an official copy of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
scores, as well as that of TSE (Test of Spoken English) score. Candidates
are encouraged to include copies of papers (published as well as
unpublished) representing their work. The deadline for receipt of
applications is February 2. Prospective students are welcome to
visit the campus, sit in on classes, and meet with faculty and students.
Information about the GRE may be obtained by visiting www.gre.org or by writing to:
Graduate Record Examinations
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000
Information about the TOEFL and TSE may be obtained by visiting www.toefl.org or by writing to:
TOEFL Services Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151
D.H.L. Program, Cincinnati
Applications to the D.H.L. program may be made through the Director
of the School of Graduate Studies, Cincinnati.
The School of Graduate Studies grants two kinds of financial aid:
scholarships, which defray the cost of tuition, and fellowships,
which include tuition plus an additional cash stipend. All awards
are based on merit. It is generally expected that students who receive
financial support will continue to do so throughout their period
of eligibility (normally four years). In addition to scholarship
and fellowship support, the College-Institute offers many opportunities
for student employment, including teaching assistantships, library
and clerical work, and research assistantships. Students may also
be eligible for Federal Stafford Loans.
For a list of
course offerings, see the list of courses under the Rabbinical
School - Cincinnati. Students enrolled in the School of Graduate
Studies may enroll for both core courses and electives. Courses
in Professional Development and Music are open to rabbinical students
Special electives and reading courses based on individual needs
and designed to prepare graduate students for their candidacy examinations
may be arranged with individual professors in consultation with
the Director of the School of Graduate Studies.