Graduate Studies, New York

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The Master of Arts in Judaic Studies Degree

If you seek to join the cadre of emerging scholars, you can begin your journey through our two year programs individually tailored to your academic needs and interests as a foundation for doctoral studies. Guided by the Director of Graduate Studies and faculty mentors on our New York campus, this program will provide you with a mastery of Hebrew language of all periods; skills to reach seminal Hebrew texts within their historical contexts; and treatment of all areas of Jewish studies as they relate to core academic disciplines, including history, literature, law, philosophy, and religion. The Judaic Studies Program is designed for individuals who seek to enhance their work in Jewish communal and professional life, and for those who seek preparation for a doctoral program in Judaic Studies or Religion.


For admission to the M.A. program in Judaic Studies, you must have completed a B.A. or its equivalent from an accredited college or university and present evidence of ability to pursue graduate work. Certified transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and a statement or example of previous academic work, as well as an interview, will be required of all applicants. You may transfer up to nine graduate credits from another institution, provided these credits were not used to satisfy the requirements of another degree. A Hebrew language requirement is an essential part of the program. Since Hebrew competency may affect the progression of courses you would be expected to take which require Hebrew language skills, it may be recommended that you take a year of intensive Hebrew before beginning the formal course of study. A Hebrew language competency examination is required of all entering students. Students entering with some competency in Hebrew may receive advanced credit through examination. Students with competency in other areas may be given advanced standing. 

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Judaic Studies degree requires 45 credit hours of graduate work, including a thesis. Thirty-six hours are to be done as course work carefully chosen in consultation with an advisor emphasizing a specialty in one of the following: Jewish Communal Organizations, Religion and the Arts, Jewish Spiritual Guidance, or Jewish Heritage; nine credit hours are given for the required thesis. The equivalent of 12 credit hours in Hebrew Studies is required for the degree. Electives will be focused on those disciplines in which the student intends to prepare his/her thesis. The normal duration of the M.A. program for a full-time student is two years. You may attend on a part-time basis; however, all requirements for the degree must be completed in seven years. 

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