Edgar F. Magnin School of Graduate Studies, Los Angeles
The Edgar F. Magnin School of Graduate Studies offers programs
leading to the degrees of Master of Arts, Doctor of Hebrew Letters,
Doctor of Hebrew Studies, and (in cooperation with the University
of Southern California) Doctor of Philosophy.
The Magnin School bears the responsibility for the graduate level
of performance not only in the doctoral programs but in all other
departments of the Los Angeles School where the master's degree
The school participates in a variety of programs in cooperation
with the University of Southern California and with departments
of religion of other universities and theological schools.
Doctor of Hebrew Letters - limited to rabbinical
alumni of HUC-JIR, or a comparable rabbinical seminary. Requirements
for the D.H.L. conform to the requirements for this degree at the
Doctor of Hebrew Studies - is open to qualified
candidates who are not alumni of the College-Institute and are able
to demonstrate an advanced level of Hebrew language competency.
Sixty credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree or its equivalent
are required. Candidates who hold a Master of Arts in Religion,
Judaic Studies or related fields, or its equivalent, may, upon successful
petition, transfer up to 28 units of credit toward the D.H.S.
Graduate students of the College-Institute who are pursuing the
Doctor of Hebrew Studies degree may be required to take graduate
work in the School of Religion or other schools or departments at
the University of Southern California.
For the D.H.S. degree, examinations in the candidate's program
may be required. Either the major or the minors must involve extensive
use of Hebrew sources. Candidates must submit a dissertation reflecting
ability to do advanced and independent research.
A member of the graduate committee will be assigned to chair the
candidate's guidance committee. The candidate and chairperson will
meet to outline the complete course of study, procedure, dates,
deadlines and requirements, with periodic meetings to follow; the
guidance chairperson will keep the graduate committee informed of
the candidate's progress.
Candidates for the D.H.S. degree are required to submit an acceptable
dissertation proposal to the Committee on Graduate Study no later
than completion of the 60 credit hours. The dissertation must be
approved by the guidance committee before the candidate will be
admitted to the final oral examination in the major field. Two copies
of the dissertation are to be presented to the registrar. After
the dissertation has been approved, the candidate shall stand for
examination in the major subject.
All requirements for the D.H.S. degree are normally completed within
seven years from the date of the formal approval of the candidate's
program by the graduate committee. After the expiration date, the
candidate may petition the graduate committee for an extension.
for admission for the Doctor of Hebrew Letters or Doctor of Hebrew
Studies degree should be submitted by March 15 to the Admissions
Office with a request of intent to enter the graduate program. Application
fee and complete college transcripts must accompany the application.
For further information, contact the director of the Magnin School
of Graduate Studies.
Tuition and Fees
Go to Tuition and Fees.
Doctor of Philosophy - a program in which a candidate
may pursue studies leading to the Ph.D. degree at the University
of Southern California in cooperation with the Magnin School of
HUC-JIR. For further information, contact the Magnin School of Graduate
Master of Arts Program
Master of Arts in Judaic Studies - The MAJS program
offers advanced academic training in Bible, Rabbinical Literature,
History, Jewish Thought, and Modern Hebrew Literature. It 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.
Completion of the degree requires 36 credits, of which 20 must
be completed at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles. A thesis is required of
all candidates for the degree. The program is normally completed
in two years.
An earned bachelor's degree from an accredited college or University
with a GPA of 3.0 or better is required. Basic familiarity with
Bible and Jewish literature will be considered in the admissions
process. To be admitted to the program, applicants must demonstrate
an acceptable level of Hebrew language competency.
Applications for admission to the master's program must be submitted
by March 15 and accompanied by application fee, complete college
transcripts, scores of the Graduate Record Examination, 3 letters
of reference addressing the student's readiness for graduate study,
and a statement of academic purpose.
All communications regarding admission to the full-time program
should be addressed to the Director, Edgar F. Magnin School of Graduate
the course bulletins distributed prior to each semester for a list
of available courses during that academic year, since not all courses
listed below are offered each year.
In addition to courses of the type listed below, students in
the Graduate School may enroll in the 500 level courses in the Rabbinical
School. Some of the 600-level courses may be offered for
Problems in the Development of Medieval Jewish Exegesis
Literary characteristics of the commentaries of the northern
French rabbis of the 11th-12th centuries.
Hebrew Literature 611
Brenner's final novel, Schechol Vechishalon (Breakdown
and Bereavement), read primarily from a literary
point of view, but with attention to the social implications of
Hebrew Literature 613
The novels and short stories of Agnon with specific reference
to figurative language.
Hebrew Literature 614
Eight major essays reflecting various phases of 19th
and 20th century Jewish life.
Contemporary Fiction of Jewish Reference 615
Issues in 20th century Jewish life reflected
in fiction, primarily short fiction, by Jews and non-Jews.
Contemporary Poetry of Jewish Reference 616
Issues in 20th century Jewish life reflected
in poems by Jews and non-Jews.
Jews in Transition 620
A socio-psychological approach to the transition of East
European Jews to western (primarily American) society.
Jews in Modernity 621
Literary and psycho-sociological perspectives.
Social Reality and Halachah 623
The relationship between social reality and Halacha as
reflected in rabbinical responsa of the 19th and 20th
Emancipation Era 624
The major ideational and structural changes in Jewish life
during the period of the Emancipation in Europe.
Intellectual History of Zionism 625
Development of the Zionist idea beginning with classical
Jewish religious thought, with emphasis on how the idea of Zion
was transmuted into a modern ideology expressed in several distinct
Seminar in Jewish Ethics 626
A theoretical analysis of the sources and structure of
Jewish ethics and the application of these sources to areas of contemporary
Seminar on Spinoza and Mendelssohn 627
Spinoza's Theological Political Tractate and Mendelssohn's
Jerusalem in the light of the dissolution of traditional
European Jewish society.
Major Personalities of the Tannaitic Period (2) 628
Elisha ben Abuyah, Rabbi Meir, and the treatment of heresy
in the tannaitic period.
Christianity in Talmud and Midrash 629
Simeon ben Zoma and the Levey hypothesis on Jewish Christianity.
Reform Judaism: History, Theology and Practice JS 633
An investigation of Reform and traditional approaches and
theologies to the High Holy Days, the three Pilgrimage Festivals,
and major life-cycle events.
Talmudic Law 639A
Selected legal passages of the Babylonian Talmud examined
in terms of talmudic methodology and the rabbinical juristic approach
to various phenomena of individual and social behavior.
Talmudic Aggada 643
Hidden treasures of the rabbinical tradition interpreted
in terms of present-day Jewish experience.
Interdisciplinary Study of the Jewish Woman 647
Seminar and independent study.
Religious Themes of the Rabbinical Period 671A/671B
Discussion of the treatment of purity in tannaitic sources.
Medieval Jewish-Christian Polemics 675
Private and public disputation in the polemical literature
of the Middle Ages.
Boundaries of Normative Jewish Behavior 680
A study of the institutions which claim to be authentically
Jewish (e.g., atheistic synagogues, so called ultra-orthodox Jews,
Directed Research 700E
Research methods and bibliography. (Required of all
Directed Research 800E
Fields: Aramaic, Bible, Commentaries, Hebrew Language and
Literature, Jewish History, Philosophy, Theology, Midrash, Rabbinical
(Required of all candidates for graduate degrees involving
thesis or dissertation.)