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Do I need to take GRE’s or Miller Analogies Tests (MAT) for admission to the program?

No, there are no qualifying exams.

How much Hebrew knowledge do I need to know in order to be admitted to the program?

While we strongly recommend that all students work to bring their Hebrew skills to a minimal level of decoding, writing and basic comprehension, there is no Hebrew requirement for admission to the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education. However, in order to graduate, you must have achieved a Hebrew proficiency level equivalent to one year of college-level Hebrew. We encourage you to work on this prior to acceptance into the program.

Are there any other prerequisites?

Yes. You are required to enroll in and pass our online course, Introduction to Jewish Educational Leadership. This 6-week course begins in January 2021 and ends in mid-February. You will receive two units of credit towards your M.A. degree (and any other graduate degree should you not enroll in the Executive M.A. program.) Applications for admission to the program are due approximately 2 weeks following the end of the course so you will have ample time to get a sense of whether the online learning environment and time commitment work for you. There is a $350 enrollment fee for this course.

Is this program only for Jewish educators working in synagogues?

Absolutely not! Our current students include individuals who work at Hillel and in central agencies, for example. Congregational “educators” include a synagogue program director and executive director. Leaders in experiential education such as camp settings and youth programs are strongly encouraged to apply.

Where do the intensives and summer institutes take place?

The Executive M.A. Program is the only HUC-JIR program where students study on all four HUC-JIR campuses. Intensives and summer institutes rotate among the campuses in New York, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Jerusalem.

How much does the program cost?

Through multiple grantors, we are able to provide generous tuition assistance and some travel stipends. These change from year to year and will be determined in the early winter of the application year. Additional financial aid may be awarded annually in the form of scholarship assistance and/or government loans. For more information contact program director, Dr. Lesley Litman at llitman@huc.edu. This 2-year program, all inclusive (tuition, travel, Israel seminar) costs approximately $15,000 over the course of the entire program. Tuition is billed by the semester and travel and other costs are spread throughout the program.