Application Instructions

1. Application Part 1

  • A few simple questions about your contact information and educational background.
  • Please start your application a few weeks ahead of the deadline: February 3, 2014

2. Preliminary Consultation

As part of your application process to becoming scholar through HUC-JIR’s M.A. Program in Jewish Studies, we encourage you to speak with Director on the campus you wish to study. This informal, preliminary consultation is a way for us to get to know you better, for you to ask your questions and be sure now is the right time for you to apply to HUC-JIR. Simply email GradSchool@huc.edu to set a date and time.

3. Recommendation Letters

  • Good references come from individuals who know you well enough to give the Admissions Committee input on your candidacy and reflect on specific experiences you have had that make you a strong candidate.

  • Please use the Reference Letter Request Form to submit the names and contact information of your references. HUC-JIR will not accept more than three letters of reference. The individuals you list as references will receive an email from HUC Admissions informing them that you have requested they write a letter of reference on your behalf. It is recommended that you are in touch with your chosen references prior to filling out this online form to alert them that they will receive this emailed request.

References for Applying to the School of Graduate Studies

Three Academic Reference: Each reference should be 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 studies in your field.

Confidentiality of References

The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, provides students the right to inspect their records. This includes letters of recommendation submitted in the application process. HUC-JIR carefully reviews all letters of reference. However, we find that letters written in confidence are most useful in assessing a candidate’s qualifications and promise. By using the Reference Letter Request Form, you are automatically waiving your right. Please contact admissions@huc.edu with any questions or concerns.

Reminders regarding references:

Please allow each reference enough time (at least one month) to complete his or her letter of reference. If you wish to substitute, delete, or add references after you have submitted their names in the online Reference Letter Request Form, you must report this in writing to the National Office of Admissions by emailing admissions@huc.edu

4. Transcripts

  • Please request transcripts 60 days before the application deadline. 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:

National Office of Admissions and Recruitment
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
3077 University Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007.

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.

5. GRE or TOEFL

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • All applicants with English proficiency are required to take the GRE General Test. When registering for the GRE, please use the school code number 4349, which directs the results to the National Office of Admissions and Recruitment on the HUC-JIR Los Angeles campus. Do not use the school code number of any other HUC-JIR campus, as this will delay or prevent our receipt of your GRE scores. For GRE information, please see ets.org/gre
  • We recommend that the test be taken at least four weeks before the application is due to allow time for the scores to be sent to HUC-JIR. Scores need to be received in order to schedule an interview. GRE scores are only valid for five years. Candidates with a prior degree from HUC-JIR or Ph.D. degree from an accredited institution that required a GRE score for admission may be exempt from submitting a current GRE score. Please email admissions@huc.edu with a request to exempt from this requirement.

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: www.ets.org/toefl.

6. Part 2 of the application

  • We will send you access to Part 2 after your Preliminary Interview is complete.

  • More in depth and program-specific questions.

  • The application deadline is February 3, 2014 . All application materials, including Part 2 of your application, letters of references, transcripts and test results, must be received in order to be offered an admissions interview.

  • As you fill out Part 2 of your online application, you will be prompted to submit documents. Please consolidate the your statement of purpose, example of written work, C.V., and photo into one pdf and load the document when prompted. You may also send documents to admissions@huc.edu.

Statement of Purpose

Your Statement of Purpose which will help us get to know you as a prospective student. The statement of academic purpose should describe your background and previous academic work which includes a general description of the intended field of study (e.g. Bible, Rabbinics, The American Jewish Experience, etc.), your academic career plans and the reasons for pursuing advanced study in the field at the College-Institute. The statement of academic purpose should be no more than 1,000 words in length. Your Statement, resume and picture should be consolidated into one document that you will be asked to upload.

Submission of Written Work

Applicants are requested to submit a paper, or chapter of a larger work (published or unpublished), as a sample of their written work.

Resume:

A standard C.V.

Photo:

A simple portrait to help us recognize you when you visit and maintain our campus security.