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 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 BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university.
- An academic record reflecting the ability to do graduate work at a 3.0 grade point average or above on a four-point scale.
- Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is only required for admission to the Zelikow School for students with a GPA of under 3.0 from a previous academic institution. (Please double-check with the USC program to which you are applying for a list of their admissions requirements, which may include the GRE or GMAT)
- 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 graduate school.
- A serious commitment to Jewish life, learning and values.
- An ability to engage in abstract reasoning, to think analytically and conceptually, and to formulate mature, independent judgments.
- An ability to speak and write clearly and articulately.