Cantor Educator Program

Thank you for your interest in applying to Hebrew College’s Cantor-Educator Program. Please read these instructions carefully before completing your application. Should you have any questions about the application process or regarding the status of your application, please contact us:

Office of Admissions
M-Th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; F, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Selection of Candidates

Admissions decisions are based on a careful review of a candidate’s completed application, credentials, supporting documents and appropriateness for the degree program. Applicants for graduate degree programs must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a competitive grade point average. Hebrew College admits qualified students without regard to age, sex, disability, race, color or national origin. An application for financial aid does not in any way affect a candidate's application for admission.

Religious Observance/Personal Status 

Applicants must be Jewish by birth or conversion process as recognized by at least one major rabbinic body. Because the Cantor-Educator Program is pluralistic, there is no specific requirement regarding religious observance. It is expected, however, that each candidate will evidence serious grappling with the mitzvot and the question of personal observance. Hebrew College also has a policy of non-discrimination with regard to sexual orientationApplicants who are married to or in committed relationships with non-Jews will not be considered for acceptance to this program.

Application Submission

You may fill out the application by clicking here. Please send supporting materials to:

Office of Admissions
Hebrew College
160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459

You are responsible to ensure that all of your application materials are received; we welcome calls or emails from candidates regarding the status of their applications.


Application and, if relevant, financial aid forms, must be submitted by January 1st; preference for  financial aid will be given to these applicants.  

Application Checklist  

  • All applicants must submit the following materials:
  • A completed, signed application form, personal history form and Hebrew test
  • Two typewritten essays as described below
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies from accredited academic institutions. Please have official copies of transcripts forwarded directly from the issuing institution to the Office of Admissions.
  • Three to a maximum of four letters of recommendation; see below for requirements. 

Financial Aid

A financial aid application is included in this packet. Instructions are on the form. If you are applying for financial aid, please complete the form and submit with your application materials according to the deadline schedule above.

Audition, Placement Exams and Psychological Testing  

The interview is an essential and required part of the application process for all Hebrew College graduate degree programs. This is an opportunity for us to get to know you better; for you to visit the campus, sit in on classes and meet students; and to learn more about the College and the Cantor-Educator Program. During your visit to Hebrew College, you will also participate in a vocal audition and take placement exams in Hebrew and musicianship. In addition, you will take the Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (mcmi-iii). For more information and to schedule your interview, audition and placement exams, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation, including one from a cantor or other Jewish professional well-acquainted with your musical and Jewish background, and another from an academic instructor. Letters should be completed on the enclosed forms and mailed directly to the Office of Admissions.

A non-refundable application fee of $50; payable online upon completion of the application

Essay Questions 

On separate sheets of paper, please submit two typewritten essays of approximately 1,000 words each in response to the following: 

  1. Discuss the path that has led you to apply for graduate study in the cantorate and Jewish education. Reflect on your personal growth as a Jew, a musician, an educator and a community leader.
  2. Read “The Vocation of the Cantor,” Chapter 16 in The Insecurity of Freedom by Abraham Joshua Heschel (isbn 0805203613). If you have difficulty locating this source, please call the Office of Admissions. Respond to Heschel’s views on the cantorate, prayer and Jewish music. In what ways do you agree or disagree with his assessment?