As part of the application process to the HUC-JIR Rabbinical School, we require that you to speak with a professional in the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. This informal, preliminary consultation is a way for us to get to know you better and make sure you are taking the right steps in preparation, and for you to ask your questions and for be sure that this is the right time for you to apply. Use this link to quickly schedule a time to speak with a member of our team as soon as someone is available.
Please submit all elements of the application by the application deadline:
In no more than six double-spaced, typed and numbered pages, please discuss your intellectual, religious and spiritual development as well as the life experiences that have led you to make this decision. Why have you chosen to become a rabbi? In sharing your story, please try to reflect on at least one of the following:
Please respond to both of the following essay prompts separately. Limit both responses to the two prompts to a total of six double-spaced, typed pages.
Please include a resume that focuses on your academic and professional accomplishments, awards, honors, publications and any significant leadership positions in which you have served.
Two Academic References: 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. Academic references should be able to speak to your growth and contributions in the classroom, your progress through the class material and what intellectual challenges you faced, whether successfully or not.
One Judaic Reference: HUC-JIR encourages you to submit a Judaic reference from a rabbi (if one has already not been submitted in another category). A strong rabbinic reference will speak to the qualities and gifts a candidate brings to the rabbinate. While you should choose a rabbi who knows you best, an HUC graduate may have a unique perspective on our program.
Please request transcripts at least four weeks before before the application deadline to allow time for them to be sent to HUC-JIR. 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:
Have your schools mail the transcripts directly to:
Graduate Record Examination (GRE): All applicants are required to take the GRE General Test. When registering for the GRE, please use the school code number 1291, which directs the results to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment on the HUC-JIR Cincinnati campus. For GRE information, please see www.ets.org/gre.
NOTE: 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 email@example.com 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. The TOEFL school code for HUC-JIR is 1291.