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We are looking for highly qualified applicants for all of our programs. HUC-JIR’s student body is diverse and there is no “correct path” to becoming a strong candidate. Each applicant is viewed as a unique individual. For example, a degree in Jewish studies or Music is not required but it is important to have some background with liberal arts classes where reading and writing are emphasized.

You must be able to meet the following requirements by June of the summer you intend to enroll:

  • A B.A., B.M. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university.
  • An academic record reflecting a 3.0 grade point average or above on a four-point scale.
  • Capacity in the Hebrew language comparable to one year of college-level Modern Hebrew, as demonstrated by performance on the Hebrew Capacity Examination which is given at the time of the interview. Learn more.
  • Completion of a preliminary consultation with a representative of the admissions office or Director of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music.
  • Completion of a preliminary audition with the Director of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music or an alumnus designated by the director.
  • Completion of the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • International applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), now an internet based test (IBT). International applicants must have a working knowledge of English and a score of at least 90 on the TOEFL, with at least 22 on each constituent part.
  • A readiness for graduate study, including the capacity to meet the intellectual, ethical, and emotional demands of a seminary education and the capacity to develop the self-awareness it entails.
  • A serious commitment to academic study.
  • A commitment to Reform Judaism and K’lal Yisrael.
  • An ability to engage in abstract reasoning, to think analytically and conceptually and to formulate mature judgments.
  • An aptitude for clear oral and written self-expression.
  • Preparation and performance of three pieces at your audition, one from each genre: Jewish liturgical, Classical and Folk.
  • Knowledge of music theory.
  • Current policy states that applicants who are married to or in committed relationships with non-Jews will not be considered for acceptance to this program.