Become a Scholar

Kickstart your future as a Jewish leader

We are the largest Jewish Seminary in North America for Judaism Studies.

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) in Cincinnati has a long history of excellence in training scholars. Founded in 1947 by Rabbi Nelson Glueck, Ph.D., as an institution of higher learning for students of all faiths, the SGS has conferred more than 500 M.A., D.H.L., and Ph.D. degrees over the past six decades. We continue that proud tradition in the 21st century. 

The SGS in Cincinnati is fortunate to have some of the world’s leading scholars who guide individualized courses of study in the major fields of our degree programs. Faculty at HUC-JIR’s campuses in New York and Los Angeles are also available through inter-campus classes and as mentors for our students. In addition, our unique Summer-In-Israel Archaeology Program offers students an Israel experience with faculty on our Jerusalem campus.

As a member of the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities our students can pursue advanced studies at the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University, as well. 

Extraordinary resources for study, research, and publication, including our renowned Klau Library, Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, and Skirball Museum, support the academic rigor of our degree programs.

Generous merit scholarships and fellowships are available to you

When you consider the faculty, degrees, partnerships, libraries, archives, and museums offered at HUC-JIR, there’s no better place to prepare for a career in academia.