Online Learning at HUC-JIR - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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HUC-JIR offers online classes broadcast live from our classrooms to clergy and education leaders throughout North America. Adult learners can choose from the graduate programs listed below and earn their degrees with limited travel and visits to our campuses.

Current programs with Online courses:

  • Interfaith Doctor of Ministry for Education in Pastoral Care (D.Min): The Interfaith Doctor of Ministry degree for Pastoral Care provides a unique opportunity to clergy and, in some cases, non-clergy of all faith groups to understand and respond to the variety of clinical problems encountered in ministry. Students who work in congregational, chaplaincy, counseling or community settings are offered coursework and clinical supervision with attention to the specific context of the pastoral relationship. For more information, click here.
  • Executive M.A. in Jewish Education (MARE): If you are an educator with a minimum of five years of experience in a leadership position in the field of Jewish education or have up to three years of experience as a Jewish educational leader and 5 or more years of experience in a general educational setting, the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is for you. This program is ideally suited for professionals looking to expand their professional learning who cannot enroll in HUC-JIR's full-time programs due to employment and location. The Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education offers a course of study that utilizes the cohort-based approach of many executive M.B.A. programs and high-quality doctoral programs in Education, including in-person institutes and seminars. The Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education is a 24-month program, from May to May, designed for working Jewish professionals. Please note it’s a Hybrid Program with a part of the program requiring in-class contact. For more information, click here. The HUC-JIR National Office of Recruitment and Admissions can be reached here.
  • Non-credit Judaic courses: If your congregation is interested in online learning, please check out College Commons' Adult and Teen Learning platform. College Commons offers online courses for adults and teens investigating a central Jewish theme through conversations with HUC-JIR scholars and academic experts. Learn more.


Accreditation & Approval

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has approved alternative delivery (online) learning starting Fall 2019.
  • State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA): The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.

HUC-JIR  is an approved member of SARA, through the State of New York.

Please check the Disclosures Page for more information.