Applicants to the Rabbinical program, programs of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, and residential MA programs of the Schools of Education must demonstrate proficiency in the Hebrew language comparable to two years of college-level Modern Hebrew. We do not need to see documented coursework in Hebrew; however, you must pass a Hebrew Proficiency Exam in order to matriculate. The Exam is taken at the time of the admissions interview.
Admissions decisions are reached independently of the results of this exam. Admitted applicants who do not demonstrate sufficient proficiency in Modern Hebrew may be required retake the exam, attend HUC-JIR’s Pre-Ulpan Hebrew Learning Program on the Jerusalem campus, or defer enrollment to improve their language skill.
For the programs of the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management and the Executive Masters program in Jewish Education, students must have Hebrew proficiency equivalent to one year of college-level Modern Hebrew demonstrated on a transcript or passing a proficiency exam in order to graduate from the program. One may enter the program without a solid Hebrew foundation but will need to take Hebrew to fulfill the one-year minimum requirement. If necessary, this requirement can be met after matriculating, but prior to graduation.
The Hebrew language requirement for the School of Graduate Studies is a minimum of two years of Biblical Hebrew.
The Rabbinical School, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and the residential MA programs of the Schools of Education require a Hebrew language proficiency equivalent to two years of college-level Modern Hebrew, as demonstrated by performance on the Hebrew Proficiency Examination.
The Hebrew Proficiency Exam consists of three sections: reading comprehension, writing, and Modern Hebrew grammar. There is also an optional biblical text section for applicants whose proficiency exceeds the minimum requirements. Here are some general guidelines for preparing for the Exam:
Applicants need to demonstrate that they can:
Below are a few resources to help you prepare for this Hebrew requirement: For an in depth evaluation of your abilities, download the Sample Hebrew Proficiency Examination (the answer sheet excludes the essay). This Examination is of a similar difficultly level to the actual exam but only a quarter of the length. In addition, check out these resources to improve your Hebrew.