M.A. in Jewish Studies

General information

Offered by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rothberg International School (RIS) and Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, the M.A. in Jewish Studies is designed to prepare you for an advanced academic degree in the field.

Quick Facts

Duration: 2 Years
Tuition Fee: $11,400 USD per year
Starting in: October
Location: Jerusalem, Israel

The Jewish Studies program at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem will expand your knowledge of Jewish history, literature, philosophy and culture, and enhance your language, research and writing skills. You’ll enjoy an intimate learning environment with small classes taught by experts in the field.

The flexible nature of the program, which includes a large number of elective credits, allows students to design a program of study most suited to their specific interests within the field of Jewish Studies. In addition, the program provides students with grounding in Modern Hebrew as well as the opportunity to immerse themselves in a Hebrew-speaking environment.

The program is divided into two main periods: Ancient to Early Medieval, and Late Medieval to Modern.

Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies

The M.A. in Jewish Studies is offered in conjunction with the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, a hub of research since 1924. The Mandel Institute is responsible for overseeing all teaching departments and research centers devoted to the pursuit of Jewish studies at the Hebrew University. Among the wide variety of journals and periodicals the Institute runs is the flagship journal, Tarbiz, currently in its 74th year of continuous publication.

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Admission and requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an internationally accredited university with a minimum 3.2 (B) average or the equivalent. Applicants must also have a demonstrated knowledge of the English language.

  • Transcripts and diplomas from all prior university studies
  • TOEFL exam score of 80 or above or an IELTS exam score of 6 or above (students who hold degrees from universities at which the sole language of instruction is English may request an exemption)
  • CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two academic recommendations
  • Photocopy of passport ID page or Israel ID card
  • Medical form
  • S. citizens must submit a signed disclaimer form

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