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Master of Arts in Jewish Studies

Master of Arts in Jewish Studies

MA in Jewish Studies


Jewish Studies at Spertus Institute

At Spertus Institute, we embrace the idea that the wisdom of Jewish thought and the richness of Jewish experiences inform Jewish society and Judaism today. Our programs encourage personal reflection. Students grapple with Jewish ideas in the service of their personal, professional, and communal advancement.

Spertus Institute's Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MAJS) is a sequenced, content-specific program that explores the evolving nature of Jewish civilization, the fundamental religious and intellectual outlook of Jews and Judaism, and the contributions of Jewish civilization to human civilization. The program is designed to provide inspiration and grounding for students who embrace and continue to explore both Jewish heritage and Jewish life today.

Throughout the program, students explore and examine Jewish texts — a traditional and effective mode of Jewish learning — to promote intellectual growth through discovery and inquiry.

Admissions requirements include a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education.

Why Spertus Institute?

  • Welcoming nondenominational environment open to all
  • Distinguished international faculty
  • Flexible scheduling and locations, distance learning available
  • Opportunities to pursue individual interests
  • Extensive resources

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MA in Jewish Studies Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire advanced knowledge of key themes, personalities, and texts of all periods of Jewish history
  • Acquire beginning facility in Biblical Hebrew
  • Construct comparisons between key themes across historical periods to understand change and continuity and to contextualize contemporary communal and academic concerns
  • Demonstrate skill in reading, contextualizing, and interpreting key sources for Judaism and Jewish history
  • Can identify, frame, and research academic Jewish studies topics and questions
  • Can translate skills and knowledge to new fields of inquiry in Jewish Studies for further study, research, and lifelong learning

MA in Jewish Studies Program Requirements
48 quarter-hour credits | 16 courses

Spertus Institute's Jewish Studies degree programs are offered on a quarter-term system, which allows for flexible start dates. As a result, course credit is granted in quarter hours (as opposed to semester hours).

Many of our MAJS Core courses are offered online in an asynchronous (self-guided) format. Other courses are offered during January and June seminars, or through weekly web conferencing sessions in the fall and spring.

Core courses (10 courses, 3 quarter-hour credits each)

  • 3500 — Introduction to Jewish Studies
  • 1221, 1222, 1223 — Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I, II, and III  
  • 3501 — The Bible and the Ancient Near East  
  • 3502 — The World of the Rabbis  
  • 3503 — Jews and Judaism in the Middle Ages
  • 3504 — Early Modern Jewish Experiences
  • 3505 — Modern Jewish Experiences
  • 3506 — Contemporary Jewish Experiences

2nd Level Core and Elective courses (3 courses, 3 quarter-hour credits each)
Must be across several historical time periods — any course meeting that criteria

  • 3520 — History of Antisemitism I: Antiquity to Late Eighteenth Century  
  • 3521 — History of Antisemitism II: Dawn of the Enlightenment to the Present  
  • 4216 — History of Jewish Biblical Interpretation  

Electives (3 courses, 3 quarter-hour credits each)
Any course relating to studies

  = course is available online


Tuition

Reasonable tuition rates encourage participation by students in a range of disciplines from around the world. 

  • Masters level tuition
    $350 per quarter-hour credit
    ($1050 per 3qh course)

  • Doctoral level tuition 
    $400 per quarter-hour credit
    ($1200 per 3qh course)

Students must be admitted before registering for courses. 


Is This Program For Me?

Contact Assistant Director for Recruitment Amie Barrish abarrish@spertus.edu or 312.322.1707, who will meet you to discuss your goals.


Accreditation

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