The following questions address the MEdL and MAJL programs specifically. As some details of the programs are still being finalized, please check back and stay in touch with our admissions team for updated information. For more general FAQs about the Hebrew Union College’s various programs, admissions procedures, and policies, please see http://huc.edu/admissions/faq. Also, see the pages for the Executive MA and DeLeT for specific questions about those programs.
Do I have to take the GRE? The GRE is required as a standard tool to assess readiness for graduate study. However, GRE results are considered as just one factor in the overall applicant portfolio of essays, transcripts, recommendations, and the in-person interview. Candidates with a prior degree from HUC-JIR, Ph.D. or Masters degree (post-Bachelor) from an accredited institution that requires 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.
Is there a Hebrew requirement or a Hebrew exam for admission to the program? There is a Hebrew entrance requirement for those who also want to earn a Masters in Jewish Learning (MAJL) and attend the Year in Israel program. Entering students are required to demonstrate capacity in the Hebrew language comparable to one year of college-level Modern Hebrew. We do not need to see documented coursework in Hebrew; however, applicants must pass a Hebrew Capacity Exam (HCE) in order to matriculate. The exam is typically taken at the time of the admissions interview. There is no Hebrew requirement for admission to the Masters in Educational Leadership (MEdL) program. We strongly recommend that all students work to bring their Hebrew skills to a minimal level of decoding, writing and basic comprehension. 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 make progress on your Hebrew proficiency prior to acceptance into the program, and we can assist you in finding the right courses and Hebrew study aids to meet your needs.
On average, how much time will I spend in classes and how much time will I spend at work? The MEdL program is built around a graduate residency, which is a part-time paid position (approximately 25 hours/week; 20 for international students due to visa restrictions). The program blends academic coursework and authentic opportunities for observation, learning and practice in real life and in real time settings. There will be a few online classes and “intensives” where a course is conducted on a retreat or in a week-long campus-based experience. On average you will have a 12-13 credit course load each semester, which includes credits for practicum/supervision. You will be on campus learning with your cohort approximately 3 times per week for partial days during the regular semester. The program design emphasizes developing a warm and supportive professional learning community in person, as well as significant interaction in person with faculty. A residency work week will be on average 20-25 hours per week, with exact days and hours to be determined by the specific job responsibilities you will have in your organization, and in consultation with the Director of Clinical Education.
How much does the program cost? Are there scholarships available? Generous scholarships will be offered to make the program affordable. Click here for more information about Financial Aid and Scholarships and Tuition and Fees.
What salary will I earn in my residency? For an average of 20-25 hours/week of work students will be paid $20-25,000 depending on the number of months in residency in a year and hours per week arranged. Students who remain working in their residency organization during the summer months will earn more than those who work 10 months of the year.
Students may opt to pursue degrees in HUC’s other schools concurrently, including the concurrent MA in Jewish Nonprofit Management, a certificate in Jewish Organizational Leadership, and rabbinic ordination. MEdL/MAJL students may also pursue the iCenter Concentration in Israel education. HUC offers many co-curricular learning opportunities for graduate students through partner organizations.