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Do I need to take GRE’s or Miller Analogies Tests (MAT) for admission to the program?

No, there are no qualifying exams.

How much Hebrew knowledge do I need to know in order to be admitted to the program?

While we strongly recommend that all students work to bring their Hebrew skills to a minimal level of decoding, writing and basic comprehension, there is no Hebrew requirement for admission to the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education. However, in order to graduate, you must have achieved a Hebrew proficiency level equivalent to one year of college-level Hebrew. We encourage you to work on this prior to acceptance into the program.

Are there any other prerequisites?

Yes. You are required to enroll in and pass our online course, Introduction to Jewish Educational Leadership. The course begins in Fall, 2018 right after the chagim and ends in early December. You will receive two units of credit towards your M.A. degree (and any other graduate degree should you not enroll in the Executive M.A. program.) Applications for admission to the program are due approximately one week following the end of the course so you will have ample time to get a sense of whether the online learning environment and time commitment work for you. There is a $350 enrollment fee for this course.

Is this program only for Jewish educators working in synagogues?

Absolutely not! Our current students include individuals who work at Hillel and in central agencies, for example. Congregational “educators” include a synagogue program director and executive director. Leaders in experiential education such as camp settings and youth programs are strongly encouraged to apply.

Where do the intensives and summer institutes take place?

The Executive M.A. Program is the only HUC-JIR program where students study on all four HUC-JIR campuses. Intensives and summer institutes rotate among the campuses in New York, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Jerusalem.

How much does the program cost?

A generous grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation has made it possible to provide generous tuition assistance and some travel stipends. These change from year to year and will be determined in the fall of the application year. Additional financial aid may be awarded annually in the form of scholarship assistance and/or government loans. Once the Jim Joseph Foundation assistance amounts are announced, prospective students are encouraged to contact the Department of Financial Aid for additional information.

The overall costs for Cohorts beginning in 2018 are:

Program Cost Amount
Tuition: $10,250  (includes $350 paid for XED500 pre-course)
Israel seminar: $1,500 
Travel, books, fees, other: $3,500 (estimated) 
TOTAL: $15,250

Tuition is billed by the semester and travel and other costs are spread throughout the program.