1. Application Part 1
2. Preliminary Consultation
- As part of your application process to becoming an educational leader through HUC-JIR, we encourage you to speak with a professional in the Department of Admissions and Recruitment. 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 RHSOE@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 four 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 Joint MA program in Jewish or Religious education and Jewish Nonprofit Management
- Two Academic Reference: College professors or instructors with whom you have engaged in serious academic study should write the academic references. If you have been out of college more than five years you may obtain academic references from adult or informal education instructors.
- One Judaic Reference: Of the remaining two references, HUC-JIR encourages you to submit a Judaic reference from an alumnus of HUC-JIR.
- One Professional Reference: In addition, please request a professional reference from a supervisor of your work, paid or volunteer, preferably in a Jewish setting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
- 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 www.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, Ph.D. or Masters degree (post-Bachelor) from an accredited institution that required a GRE score for admission may be exempt from submitting a current GRE score. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Please note that the TOEFL exam is not a substitute for the GRE.
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 November 11, 2013 or February 3, 2014 . All application materials, including Part 2 of your application, letters of references, transcripts and test results, must be received by the deadline in order to be offered an admissions interview.
Personal Statement and Admissions Essays
- As you fill out Part 2 of your online application, you will be prompted to submit your admissions essays and resume. Your answers to the following questions help us get to know you as an individual, a student, a Jew, and future Jewish professional. Your essay, resume and picture should be consolidated into one document that you will be asked to upload.
Personal Statement: In no more than six double-spaced, typed pages, and respond to the following questions:
- Why have you chosen to become a Jewish educator? Discuss your intellectual, religious and spiritual development as well as the life experiences that have led you to make this decision. Please include your personal reflection on the role of Israel and Klal Yisrael in Jewish life today.
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.
- Select a Torah portion that is particularly meaningful to you as a Jew. In what way does it shape your understanding of core beliefs and values of Judaism? What questions does it raise for you? What particular messages would you want to include in teaching this Torah portion to others?
- Identify an event or experience in a Jewish institution in which you were involved as a participant or in a leadership role (synagogue, camp, day school, etc.), where a change was implemented. What strategies did the institutional leader use to bring about the change? What aspects of the institution supported bringing about the change and what aspects were barriers? What insights about leadership and change did you take away that might influence how you see yourself in a leadership role in the future?
- A standard C.V. or resume.
- A simple portrait to help us recognize you when you visit and maintain our campus security.
The programs of the Rhea Hirsch School 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. More Information