AJR’s M. A. Program: Sacred Text and Contemporary Jewish Community


The Master of Arts Degree in Jewish Studies at the Academy for Jewish Religion provides graduate level engagement with both the treasured and sacred texts of the thousands of years of Jewish creativity and spirituality as well as with the most stimulating ideas, trends, and realities of the contemporary Jewish community as they unfold in real time. The program challenges participants to engage all aspects of their creative energies in research, analysis and imagination as they master the teachings of the Jewish past and envision the Jewish future. The program is geared to several groups:

  • Graduates of undergraduate programs who wish to better prepare themselves for careers in Jewish communal organizations or in Jewish education.
  • Graduates of undergraduate programs who wish to qualify for a more advanced graduate degree, e.g., a doctoral program or a rabbinical or cantorial program.
  • Professionals involved in Jewish communal service and Jewish education to enrich their academic credentials.
  • Laypeople possessing an undergraduate degree interested in enriching their Jewish knowledge.

The M.A. in Jewish Studies Program goals are listed here.

Course Requirements

The Master’s Degree requires successful completion of courses comprising 36 credits plus a Master’s Project. Sixteen of the courses are 2-credit courses. The remaining 4 credits comprise four 1- credit courses (Core Concepts Seminars and/or Havruta sessions). The M.A. Program may be completed in about 18-24 months of study.

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