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STEP ONE: Preliminary Consultation with an Admissions Counselor

As part of the application process to the HUC-JIR School of Education, we require that you to speak with a professional in the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. This informal, preliminary consultation is a way for us to get to know you better and make sure you are taking the right steps in preparation, and for you to ask your questions and for be sure that this is the right time for you to apply. Use this link to quickly schedule a time to speak with a member of our team as soon as someone is available.

STEP TWO: Open an Application HERE.

STEP THREE: The Application

Please submit all elements of the application by the deadline: March 5, 2021

Personal Statement

In no more than six double-spaced, typed pages, and respond to the following questions:

  • Why did you choose to become a Jewish educational leader?
  • Why are you interested in pursuing a masters degree at this point in your career?
  • Discuss your intellectual, religious and spiritual development as well as the life experiences that have led you to make these decisions. Please include your personal reflections on your strengths as a Jewish educational leader and the challenges you have faced in this role.

Short Essays

Please respond to each of the following questions separately. Limit your response to the two questions to a total of six double-spaced, typed pages.

  1. Select a particular Torah portion that is meaningful or challenging to you. What impact does it have on how you think about Judaism and/or the Jewish community? What are the essential ideas you would want to convey to others?
  2. Select an issue that you believe is confronting Jewish education. Discuss why this issue is important and what effect it potentially has on the vitality of Jewish education. What have you done to explore the complexity of this issue?

A Resume

Please include a resume that focuses on your academic and professional accomplishments, awards, honors, publications and any significant leadership positions in which you have served.

Letters of Recommendation

  • One Supervisor Reference: You must have one reference from a supervisor in a Jewish educational setting.
  • One Professional Reference: You must have one reference from a professional source. Someone who has experienced your leadership over time, e.g., a lay leader, teacher, or staff member.
  • One Academic Reference: You must have one reference from an educational source. Someone who has been your teacher in a formal or informal setting. The context should be one in which the teacher could observe your intellectual capacities and your ability to engage in serious Jewish and/or professional studies.


Please request transcripts at least four weeks before before the application deadline to allow time for them to be sent to HUC-JIR. Transcripts need to be received in order to schedule an interview. Please provide us with one copy of an official transcript from all of the following: 

  • The college from which you graduated as well as any other colleges you attended. (This includes any school at which you took a college-level course for transfer credit.)
  • Any graduate schools where you have been enrolled, as well as schools where you have taken graduate-level classes.
  • Any “Year Abroad” programs or other foreign study. (If grades from international programs are recorded on your college transcript you do not need to submit a separate transcript.)

Have your schools mail the transcripts directly to:

(If electronic:
Office of Recruitment and Admissions
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220
For international applicants: year-by-year records from colleges and universities attended are required. The record must indicate the number of hours per week devoted to each course, grades received for each course, and degrees awarded, with dates the degrees were conferred. This information must be provided in English. If this information is not available in English, it is the applicant’s responsibility to have it professionally translated and certified before it is sent to HUC-JIR. If grades are not determined on a 4.0 scale system please include guidelines in English from the school that explain the grading system.

Submit TOEFL Scores

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): International applicants for whom English is not the first language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in approximately 100 centers outside the United States. See the information available at: Please note that the TOEFL exam is not a substitute for the GRE.  The TOEFL school code for HUC-JIR is 1291.


Hebrew Proficiency

The Executive MA program in Jewish Education requires that students complete one year of college-level Modern Hebrew before graduating from the program. The requirement can be fulfilled by prior completion of one-year of college-level Modern Hebrew included on the applicant’s transcript, passing the Hebrew Proficiency Examination administered by HUC-JIR Hebrew faculty, or satisfactorily passing an approved course of study prior to graduation from the program.