Application Instructions - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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STEP ONE: Preliminary Consultation with an Admissions Counselor

As part of the application process to the HUC-JIR Pines School of Graduate Studies, 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: February 2, 2021

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.

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Applicants are requested to submit a paper, or chapter of a larger work (published or unpublished), as a sample of their written work.

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

  • Three Academic References: 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.


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 GRE Scores

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 1291, which directs the results to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment on the HUC-JIR Cincinnati campus. For GRE information, please see 

NOTE: 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 with a request to exempt from this requirement.


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.