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You must be able to meet the following criteria by June of the summer you intend to enroll:

  • A Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university.
  • An academic record reflecting a 3.0 grade point average or above on a four-point scale.
  • Capacity in the Hebrew language comparable to one year of college-level Modern Hebrew, as demonstrated by performance on the Hebrew Capacity Examination which is given at the time of the interview. Learn more.
  • Completion of a preliminary consultation with a representative of the admissions office or a Rabbinical School Director.
  • Submission of the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to HUC—JIR.
  • International applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), now an internet based test (IBT). International applicants must have a working knowledge of English and a score of at least 90 on the TOEFL, with at least 22 on each constituent part.
  • Demonstration of the interpersonal skills needed to interface with people in diverse situations
  • A readiness for graduate study, including the capacity to meet the intellectual, ethical, and emotional demands of graduate school.
  • A serious commitment to academic study and the capacity to develop self-awareness.
  • A commitment to and leadership experience within Reform Judaism and K’lal Yisrael.
  • An ability to engage in abstract reasoning, to think analytically and conceptually, and to formulate mature judgments.
  • An aptitude for clear oral and written self-expression.
  • Current policy states that applicants who are married to or in committed relationships with non-Jews will not be considered for acceptance to this program.