The School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College brings together a richly diverse group of students, engaging them in rigorous and fulfilling programs leading to cantorial ordination and Jewish music certificates.

Jewish Engagement and Identity

As a pluralistic school, we do not have prescriptions for how you should live as a Jew. Rather, we support each other in a search for a meaningful and authentic engagement with Jewish tradition. For prospective COSEL students, cantorial school should not be the beginning of your Jewish learning but a continuation. The time before cantorial school is an opportunity to deepen your Jewish knowledge and practice. We expect our students to be in an ever-deepening relationship with Jewish life, and to have spent some time involved in the Jewish community:

Applicants to the COSEL program must be Jewish by birth as recognized by at least one major rabbinic body, or by a conversion process that is recognized by at least one major rabbinic body. Hebrew College admits qualified students without regard to age, sex, disability, race, color or national origin. We do not admit or ordain cantorial students with non-Jewish partners. We warmly welcome applicants whose partners have undertaken a process of conversion and are committed to supporting them through that process. 

who are married to or in committed relationships with non-Jews will not
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Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a competitive GPA. We do not require applicants to have taken the GRE.


Candidates for cantorial ordination must have previous music training.  All applicants will be required to take a musicianship test which will assess proficiency in reading music, sight-singing and music theory.


At Hebrew College, we seek the wisdom that emerges when we deeply engage sacred Jewish sources in the original text. Your authentic interaction with the text demands significant study of the Hebrew language to enable you to reveal the layers of wisdom within. Generally, applicants must have completed at least two years of college-level Hebrew to start the COSEL program. This does not apply for admission to certificate programs.

Cantorial Ordination for Spiritual and Educational Leadership Application Requirements

Application deadline: January 15

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Application and fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writen personal statement and essay
  • Personal interview
  • Vocal audition

Jewish Music Certificate Application Requirements

Application deadline: May 15 for fall semester, Nov. 15 for spring semester.

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Application and fee
  • Official transcripts 
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Personal interview
  • Vocal audition


Marcia Spellman
Administrator, School of Jewish Music

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