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Executive MAJPS

Executive MAJPS

Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies

This accelerated program is for Jewish communal executives with 12+ years in the field. Participants from across North America learn to leverage opportunity, inspire excellence in staff and trustees, and lead through times of change.

Cohort System

You learn along with a team of fellow Jewish organizational execs from across North America. Graduates rate the lasting guidance, support, and insights of their cohort among the most valuable aspects of the program.

Top Tier Faculty

Professors are real-world practitioners who impart leadership solutions drawn from their extensive nonprofit, foundation, and corporate experience. They include some of the leading voices in Jewish communal life today.

Customized for Your Needs

Program components — including leadership assessment, executive coaching, and an individual capstone project—ensure that your Spertus Institute experience meets your specific personal and professional goals.

Accelerated Program

The Spertus Executive MAJPS program can be completed in approximately 18 months because your professional experience counts toward one year of graduate credit.

Scholarship Support

For a limited time, tuition is only $8,500, because generous fellowships cover approximately 60% of the total cost for professionals working full-time in the Jewish community.

Applications for the January 2023 cohort have closed. Inquire now about the next cohort, beginning January 2024!

Taught in a welcoming, pluralistic environment

Spertus is located in the heart of Chicago's downtown loop neighborhood

  • Instruction takes place during three-day seminars at our downtown Chicago campus and online
  • Additional mini-sessions address current and emerging issues
  • Material has immediate application
  • Complete your degree in approximately 18 months
  • Program overview >

EMAJPS Fits Your Schedule

I've grown as a person, a professional, and a contributor to my community -Steven Greenwood, Director of Development, CJPAC

Designed for busy professionals, the seminar format allows you to balance participation with your personal and professional responsibilities.

Steven Greenwood shares how the program fit his needs.

Previous Executive Coaches

  • Laura Kaufman, CEO
    Partners in Effective Philanthropy 
  • Sharon Krohn, Master Certified Coach
    (MCC) and Principal
    Sharon Krohn Consulting
  • Russ Rogers, Emeritus Director of Graduate
    Programs School for New Learning, DePaul University 
  • Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Publisher
    Jewish Week
  • Jeffrey Solomon, Past President
    Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies
  • Gary Weinstein, Former CEO
    Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
  • Amy Wishnick, Principal
    Wishnick and Associates 
  • Caren Yanis, Consultant and Past President, Crown Family Philanthropies, Former Executive Director, Oprah Winfrey Foundations

Learning Outcomes

MA in Jewish Professional Studies students learn to:

  • Understand the key themes in Jewish communal life today
  • Possess a grounding in classical Jewish thought and texts in these areas
  • Understand the best practices in non-profit management that most affect Jewish communal work
  • Develop skills for critical self-reflection and career planning
  • Integrate theory and practice in the professional environment
  • Learn to work constructively with a diverse group of constituents and colleagues

Gainful Employment Information

Spertus Institute’s Center for Jewish Leadership is supported in part by a generous grant from the Crown Family. We are grateful for their support.

Spertus Institute is accredited by the
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604.