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Executive MAJPS

Executive MAJPS

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Learn. Lead. Inspire. Accelerated executive graduate program. Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies.

This unique 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 $7,500, because generous fellowships cover approximately 60% of the total cost for professionals working full-time in the Jewish community.

Key Dates

  • June 9, 2021—Preferred admission deadline ($50 application fee waived)
  • June 30, 2021—Final admission deadline
  • September 14, 2021—Orientation
  • October 17, 2021—Courses begin

Taught in a welcoming, pluralistic environment

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

  • Instruction takes place during seven 3-day seminars at our downtown Chicago campus (when safe to learn together in person) or 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.


2020-2021 Faculty

  • Dr. Hal M. Lewis
    Spertus Institute Chancellor and
    Professor of Jewish Leadership

  • Dr. Russ Rogers
    Professor and Director of Graduate Programs,
    School for New Learning, DePaul University

Previous Executive Coaches

  • Laura Kaufman, CEO
    Partners in Effective Philanthropy 
  • Sharon Krohn, Master Certified Coach
    (MCC) and Principal
    Sharon Krohn Consulting
  • Russ Rogers, Director of Graduate Programs
    New School for 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

Students in the MAJPS program learn to:

  • Understand key themes in Jewish communal life historically and today
  • Possess a grounding in classical Jewish thinking and texts
  • Understand the best practices in nonprofit management including how they affect Jewish communal work
  • Develop skills for critical self-reflection and career planning, aided by work with an executive coach
  • Integrate theory and practice in the professional environment
  • Learn to work constructively with diverse groups 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.