The program is designed for students seeking a Master’s degree as an end in itself, but it also provides training for graduate studies in fields relating to Jewish Studies. It should also appeal to recent Humanities graduates from European and American universities; divinity students and active clergy; and Jewish educators in English-speaking contexts.
Admission is merit based. The Prerequisites are: BA Degree (minimum grade: 80 [GPA 3]) and the TOEFL for non native English Speakers. Previous academic studies in Jewish culture, including basic training in Hebrew are an advantage.
No, it will be an intensive year and it will therefore not be possible to have a full-time job during the studies. Moreover, please note that a student visa does not allow students to work in Israel. However, since classes are taught only half days, from Monday through Thursday, it is possible to be engaged in a part time extra-curricular activity.
Yes, the program is also open to students interested in taking only specific courses, or those interested in coming to Israel for only one semester. In these cases, the program offers academic credit (depending on the policy of the home institution).
The program offers advances Hebrew reading courses during summer semester. It also offers Hebrew Language classes through the Ulpan at Tel Aviv University (upon additional fee of 1450$). Students who enrol to the Ulpan will benefit from an intensive course prior to the start of the academic year as well as from advanced courses during the year. While not a formal requirement for the Masters degree, the Ulpan is highly recommended, especially for students who wish to participate in reading classes during the summer semester.
We estimate the cost of living between $1400 per month.
Most of our students divide into two parts.
The first group ends up continuing their studies, to graduate programs, and end up teaching in academic settings, either in Universities and colleges, or in private Jewish programs. Our graduates are considered excellent candidates, and are given a big advantage over other applicants.