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HUC-JIR has cooperative arrangements with:

University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USC):

  • The School of Jewish Nonprofit Management offers four dual Master’s degree options with USC including Masters in Business Administration, Public Administration, Social Work, and Communication Management
  • The Rhea Hirsch School of Education offers a dual-degree program between HUC-JIR and USC in Jewish and secular education, for the individual who wishes to advance his/her secular technical knowledge and who may need the secular credentials for specific schools or for further studies.
  • USC partners with the College-Institute’s Louchheim School of Judaic Studies, which serves as USC's undergraduate program in Judaic Studies.
  • Reciprocal library privileges.

Xavier University, Cincinnati (XU):

In a unique collaboration between a Jewish seminary and Jesuit university,

  • HUC-JIR faculty teach undergraduate courses at XU in the minor in Jewish Studies program.
  • XU students have full access to HUC-JIR’s Klau Library and American Jewish Archives.
  • XU faculty are invited to participate in HUC-JIR Pines School of Graduate Studies by serving as readers on comprehensive exam and dissertation committees.
  • HUC-JIR’s rabbinical students can broaden their expertise through the M.A. in Education Administration at XU.

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati (UC):

  • HUC-JIR Pines School of Graduate Studies and UC’s Department of History offer a joint Ph.D. program in Modern Jewish History and Culture (
  • HUC-JIR Pines School of Graduate Studies and UC’s Classics Department offer a joint Ph.D. program in Jewish and Christian Studies in the Greco-Roman Period.
  • HUC-JIR and UC offer reciprocal library privileges. 

University of Dayton (UD):

In a historic academic partnership to promote interfaith dialogue and education, the Russlander-Friedland Fellowship

  • Supports an HUC-JIR Ph.D. student who teaches two Jewish Studies courses per year at UD and is mentored by a UD faculty member.
  • HUC-JIR provides an annual faculty lecture at UD in an area of Jewish Studies.

New York University  and it's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York (NYU):

  • Reciprocal course registration.
  • Reciprocal library privileges.

Hebrew University and its Melton Centre for Jewish Education, Jerusalem (HU):

  • Ordination in HUC-JIR’s Israel Rabbinical Program includes an MA awarded by HU or another Israeli institution.
  • HUC-JIR’s joint RIKMA program in Pluralistic Jewish Education with HU includes the MA degree  awarded by HU’s Melton Centre for Jewish Education 
  • Reciprocal course registration.
  • Reciprocal library privileges.

Jewish Theological Seminary, New York (JTS) and Yeshiva University, New York (YU):

  • Jewish Early Childhood Educators Leadership Institute (with JTS)
  • eLearning Faculty Fellowship Program (with JTS and YU)
  • Reciprocal course registration (with JTS)
  • Reciprocal library privileges (with JTS)

American Jewish University and its Ziegler Rabbinical School:

  • Reciprocal course registration 
  • Reciprocal library privileges 

Other affiliations, providing cross-registration, course offerings, and library privileges, include:

HUC-JIR students participate in interseminary studies offered by:

Biblical Archaeology partnerships:

  • Tel Dan Excavation ConsortiumDepartment of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary/Cornerstone University, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville
  • Paleoecology-paleoclimate project in the Hula Valley with the French research center, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

International Relationships

  • University of Nanjing (houses former President Dr. Alfred Gottschalk's Jewish studies library) and Chinese National Institute of Jewish Studies