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The Hebrew College commitment to in-depth Jewish study, pluralism, and spiritual vitality, makes the Master of Arts in Jewish studies program a unique learning experience.  It is a two-year program [when done relatively full time,] but can also be done part-time at one’s own pace.  Students take classes on campus alongside rabbinic, cantorial, and masters of Jewish education students. 

 The first year of the program is focused on grounding students with an introduction to Jewish texts, practice, Hebrew and history; while the second year of the program allows students to focus on either Jewish history & thought or the Jewish textual tradition.  

Coming to study at Hebrew College also means there are a wealth of elective opportunities open in Jewish education, halakha (Jewish law), and Jewish mysticism.  

Course Requirements 

There is a Hebrew requirement for entering the program. Incoming student must have completed Hebrew 4 [intermediate Hebrew].  For students who have had little exposure to Hebrew, Hebrew College offers a summer Ulpan to prepare students for the masters program.  

Curriculum: Year One 

Fall 

  1. Biblical Themes and Genres [1x a week]
  2. Introduction to Jewish life and Practice [1x a week]
  3. Introduction to the prayer book [1x a week] [This course can be substituted for an elective]
  4. Introduction to Mishnah [2x a week]
  5. Hebrew 5 [3x a week]

Spring 

  1. Biblical Themes and Genres [1x a week]
  2. The History of Second Temple & Early Rabbinic Judaism – [1x a week]
  3. Introduction to Jewish Life and Practice [1x a week]
  4. Introduction to Talmud [2x a week]
  5. Hebrew 6 [3x a week]

Year Two

Jewish History and Thought Track

Fall Year II

  1. Medieval Jewish History & Thought [1x a week]
  2. Zionist History and Thought [1x a week] 
  3. Master’s Thesis
  4. Elective

Spring Year II

  1. Modern Jewish History & Thought [1x a week]
  2. Contemporary Jewish History & Thought [1x a week]
  3. 3. Master’s Thesis

Jewish Text Track

Fall Year II

  1. Torah core class: Bereshit
  2. Master’s Thesis
  3. Elective in Jewish text (Torah or Talmud)

Spring Year II

  1. Torah core class: Bereshit
  2. Master’s thesis
  3. Elective in Jewish text (Torah or Talmud, or Zohar, or Hasidism)

 

Dual Degree Program

We also offer a dual degree program, combining a Master of Jewish Education and a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies. 


 

 

CONTACT INFO

Contact Info
Rabbi Daniel Klein

Associate Dean of Admissions
dklein@hebrewcollege.edu
617.559.8637


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