1. Application Part One- Click here to start.

Application Part One includes a few simple questions about your contact information and educational background.  Please start your application a few weeks ahead of the deadline: February 2, 2015.

2. Preliminary Consultation

As part of your application process to becoming a Jewish Nonprofit Management Professional through HUC-JIR, we encourage you to speak with a professional in the Department of Admissions and Recruitment or the Director of the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. This informal, preliminary consultation is a way for us to get to know you better, for you to ask your questions and be sure now is the right time for you to apply to HUC-JIR. Email SJNM@huc.edu to set a date and time.

3. Recommendation Letters

 Good references come from individuals who know you well enough to give the Admissions Committee input on your candidacy and reflect on specific experiences you have had that make you a strong candidate. Please use the Reference Letter Request Form to submit the names and contact information of your references. HUC-JIR will not accept more than four letters of reference. The individuals you list as references will receive an email from HUC Admissions informing them that you have requested they write a letter of reference on your behalf. It is recommended that you are in touch with your chosen references prior to filling out this online form to alert them that they will receive this emailed request.

 Please allow each reference enough time (at least one month) to complete his or her letter of reference. If you wish to substitute, delete, or add references after you have submitted their names in the online Reference Letter Request Form, you must report this in writing to the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions by emailing admissions@huc.edu .

References for Applying to the Certificate in Jewish Nonprofit Management

  • One Academic Reference: College professors or instructors with whom you have engaged in serious academic study should write the academic references. If you have been out of college more than five years you may obtain academic references from adult or informal education instructors.

  • One Judaic Reference or one professional reference: for the remaining reference, HUC-JIR encourages you to submit a Judaic rence from an alumnus of HUC-JIR or a professional reference from a supervisor of your work, paid or volunteer, preferably in a Jewish setting.

Confidentiality of References

The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, provides students the right to inspect their records. This includes letters of recommendation submitted in the application process. HUC-JIR carefully reviews all letters of reference. However, we find that letters written in confidence are most useful in assessing a candidate’s qualifications and promise. By using the Reference Letter Request Form, you are automatically waiving your right. Please contact admissions@huc.edu with any questions or concerns.

4. Transcripts

Please request transcripts 60 days before the application deadline. Transcripts need to be received in order to schedule an interview.

Please provide us with one copy of an official transcript from all of the following:

  • The college from which you graduated as well as any other colleges you attended. (This includes any school at which you took a college-level course for transfer credit.)
  • Any graduate schools where you have been enrolled, as well as schools where you have taken graduate-level classes.
  • Any “Year Abroad” programs or other foreign study. (If grades from international programs are recorded on your college transcript you do not need to submit a separate transcript.)
  • Your HUC-JIR transcript, if you are a current HUC-JIR student or alumnus. 

Have your schools mail the transcripts directly to:

National Office of Recruitment and Admissions
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220
 
For international applicants: year-by-year records from colleges and universities attended are required. The record must indicate the number of hours per week devoted to each course, grades received for each course, and degrees awarded, with dates the degrees were conferred. This information must be provided in English. If this information is not available in English, it is the applicant’s responsibility to have it professionally translated and certified before it is sent to HUC-JIR. If grades are not determined on a 4.0 scale system please include guidelines in English from the school that explain the grading system.

5. GRE or TOEFL

Graduate Record Examination (GRE): All applicants with English proficiency are required to take the GRE General Test. When registering for the GRE, please use the school code number 4349, which directs the results to the National Office of Admissions and Recruitment on the HUC-JIR Los Angeles campus. Do not use the school code number of any other HUC-JIR campus, as this will delay or prevent our receipt of your GRE scores. For GRE information, please see www.ets.org/gre.

We recommend that the test be taken at least four weeks before the application is due to allow time for the scores to be sent to HUC-JIR. Scores need to be received in order to schedule an interview. GRE scores are only valid for five years. Candidates with a prior degree from HUC-JIR, Ph.D. or Masters degree (post-Bachelor) from an accredited institution that required a GRE score for admission may be exempt from submitting a current GRE score. Please email admissions@huc.edu with a request to exempt from this requirement.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): International applicants for whom English is not the first language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in approximately 100 centers outside the United States. See the information available at: www.ets.org/toefl. Please note that the TOEFL exam is not a substitute for the GRE.  The TOEFL school code for HUC-JIR is 1291.

6. Application Part Two

You will receive access to Application Part Two within one business day of completing Application Part One. Part Two contains more in depth and program specific questions. Additionally you will upload your personal statement, essay and other suppporting documents in this application. These should all be submitted as in .pdf format.  All application materials must be recieved in order to schedule an interview. You will have the opportunity to give your interview preferences at the end of Application Part Two.

A Note about Your Personal Statement and Short Essay

Both the Personal Statement and Short Essay should be no more than 7-10 pages in length, double spaced, with a 12-point Times New Roman font and at least one inch margins. Please make sure to spell check and proofread your essay carefully. The Admissions Committee pays attention to the form, as well as the content of the admissions essay.

The objective of the Personal Statement is to help us get to know you as an individual, a student, a Jew, and a Jewish nonprofit professional. Both your Personal Statement and Short Essay should be written in an integrated narrative style.

7. Personal Statement

Please be sure to address each of the categories listed below (in bold and underlined). The bulleted questions are intended as a guide; you do not have to answer the specific questions or follow the order of the categories.

If you are applying to a Dual Masters Degree Program at USC, please be sure to address both fields in your essay (e.g. Jewish Nonprofit Management and Public Administration).

Personal Background:

  • What relationships have influenced your personal development and values?

  • Describe a personal challenge you have encountered, how you addressed it, and what impact it had in shaping who you are today?

Jewish Identity:

  • How would you describe your Jewish background, in terms of family, culture, education and experiences?

  • What are your current Jewish involvements?

Academic Background:

  • How would you describe your educational background, including both strengths and challenges?

  • What relationships and experiences have been most influential in your intellectual growth?

Work Experience:

  • Describe any relevant work or work-related (e.g. internships) experiences, including any challenges you faced and how you addressed them.

  • What work-related relationships and experiences have been most influential in your professional growth?

Professional Goals:

  • Why do you want to pursue a degree in Jewish Nonprofit Management (and, if applicable), business administration, public administration, communication management or social work)?

  • When did you first realize that you wanted to become a Jewish professional leader?

  • What are your professional goals and vision?

8. Short Essay:

In no more than three pages, describe a major issue confronting the American or world Jewish community and explain why you think it is a problem?

9. Resume:

A standard C.V. or resume.

10. Photo:

A simple portrait to help us recognize you when you visit and maintain our campus security.

11. Hebrew Proficiency:

The School of Jewish Nonprofit Management requires that students complete one year of college-level Modern Hebrew before graduating from the program. The requirement can be fulfilled by prior completion of one-year of college-level Modern Hebrew included on the applicantgs transcript, passing the Hebrew Proficiency Examination administered by HUC-JIR Hebrew faculty, or satisfactorily passing an approved course of study prior to graduation from the program.