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HUC-JIR has cooperative arrangements with:

University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USC):

  • The School of Jewish Nonprofit Management offers four dual Master’s degree options with USC including Masters in Business Administration, Public Administration, Social Work, and Communication Management
  • The Rhea Hirsch School of Education offers a dual-degree program between HUC-JIR and USC in Jewish and secular education, for the individual who wishes to advance his/her secular technical knowledge and who may need the secular credentials for specific schools or for further studies.
  • USC partners with the College-Institute’s Louchheim School of Judaic Studies, which serves as USC's undergraduate program in Judaic Studies.
  • Reciprocal library privileges.

Xavier University, Cincinnati (XU):

In a unique collaboration between a Jewish seminary and Jesuit university,

  • HUC-JIR faculty teach undergraduate courses at XU in the minor in Jewish Studies program.
  • XU students have full access to HUC-JIR’s Klau Library and American Jewish Archives.
  • XU faculty are invited to participate in HUC-JIR Pines School of Graduate Studies by serving as readers on comprehensive exam and dissertation committees.
  • HUC-JIR’s rabbinical students can broaden their expertise through the M.A. in Education Administration at XU.

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati (UC):

  • HUC-JIR Pines School of Graduate Studies and UC’s Department of History offer a joint Ph.D. program in Modern Jewish History and Culture (
  • HUC-JIR Pines School of Graduate Studies and UC’s Classics Department offer a joint Ph.D. program in Jewish and Christian Studies in the Greco-Roman Period.
  • HUC-JIR and UC offer reciprocal library privileges. 
  • HUC-JIR’s students in the M.A. in Jewish Law and Ethics program take courses in the Law School of UC.

University of Dayton (UD):

In a historic academic partnership to promote interfaith dialogue and education, the Russlander-Friedland Fellowship

  • Supports an HUC-JIR Ph.D. student who teaches one Jewish Studies course per year at UD.
  • HUC-JIR provides an annual faculty lecture at UD in an area of Jewish Studies.

New York University and its Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York (NYU):

  • Reciprocal course registration.
  • Reciprocal library privileges.

Hebrew University and its Melton Centre for Jewish Education, Jerusalem (HU):

  • Ordination in HUC-JIR’s Israel Rabbinical Program includes an MA awarded by HU or another Israeli institution.
  • HUC-JIR’s joint program in Pluralistic Jewish Education with HU includes the MA degree  awarded by HU’s Melton Centre for Jewish Education.
  • Reciprocal course registration.
  • Reciprocal library privileges.

Jewish Theological Seminary, New York (JTS) and Yeshiva University, New York (YU):

  • Jewish Early Childhood Educators Leadership Institute (with JTS)
  • eLearning Faculty Fellowship Program (with JTS and YU)
  • Reciprocal course registration (with JTS)
  • Reciprocal library privileges (with JTS)

American Jewish University and its Ziegler Rabbinical School:

  • Reciprocal course registration 
  • Reciprocal library privileges 

Other affiliations, providing cross-registration, course offerings, and library privileges, include:

HUC-JIR students participate in interseminary studies offered by:

Biblical Archaeology partnerships:

  • Tel Dan Excavation ConsortiumDepartment of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary/Cornerstone University, and the Southern Baptist Seminary of Memphis
  • Lod Community Excavation Project and Archaeological Seminars for Maresha Project: Tel Aviv University


International Relationships

  • University of Nanjing (houses former President Dr. Alfred Gottschalk's Jewish studies library) and Chinese National Institute of Jewish Studies