Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education

Kickstart your future as a Jewish leader

The joy of experimentation. A love of big questions.

The Executive MA program is deferring admission for a new cohort while we conduct a strategic visioning process for the HUC-JIR School of Education and identify new funders for the program. If you are interested in being considered for the next cohort of Executive MA, please contact program director Dr. Lesley Litman at llitman@huc.edu

Do you currently work in the field of Jewish education and wish you had the opportunity to pursue an advanced academic and professional degree? Are you searching for a part-time, flexible program that fits into your busy professional life? Do you want to strengthen your skills and knowledge, while continuing to live and work where you are? The Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education at HUC-JIR meets your needs.

If you are an educator with a minimum of five years of experience in a leadership position in the field of Jewish education, the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is for you. This program is ideally suited for professionals looking to expand their professional learning who cannot enroll in HUC-JIR's full-time programs due to employment and location. The Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education offers a course of study that utilizes the cohort-based approach of many executive M.B.A. programs and high-quality doctoral programs in Education. The Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education is a 24-month program, from May to May, designed for working Jewish professionals.

You will study in intensive onsite seminars at our campuses in Cincinnati, New York, Los Angeles and Jerusalem, as well as participate in e-learning courses, study in Israel for ten days, be guided by clinical faculty mentors who are veterans in the field and engage in a culminating capstone project.

And after 24 months of study with our full-time faculty, you will emerge from this innovative program with enhanced knowledge, honed pedagogical skills, and strengthened leadership capacity that will enable you to enrich your career, enhance your role as a Jewish educator, and transform Jewish education in your own institution.

"This program builds on the 'wisdom of practice' that you have developed during your years of service in Jewish educational settings and enables you to enhance your knowledge about Judaism, strengthen your understanding of education, and refine your leadership capacity." - Rabbi Samuel K. Joseph, Professor of Jewish Education and Leadership Development, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati

The Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative provides a total of $45 million in grants to Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Yeshiva University to increase the number and enhance the quality of Jewish educators working with Jewish youth and young adults. Funding of up to $15 million, per institution, will support the development of new certificate and degree programs and training and mentoring new and practicing education professionals over the next five years.

The Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative at HUC-JIR expands our education programs to reach a wide variety of people from across the United States with a broad range of interests in the field of Jewish education. In addition to generous scholarships, the initiative enables HUC-JIR to create an Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education; certificates in the Jewish education of adolescents and emerging adults and in Jewish early childhood education; alumni induction and retention programs; and a joint rabbinical-education program in Cincinnati and cantorialeducation program in New York (to complement the current rabbinical-education programs in Los Angeles and New York).