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 Master of Jewish Education degree students.
The first year of the program is focused on grounding students with an introduction to Jewish texts, practice, Hebrew language and Jewish history. The second year of the program allows students to focus on either Jewish history and thought or the Jewish textual tradition (see curriculum below).
Coming to study at Hebrew College also means there are a wealth of elective opportunities open in Jewish education, halakhah (Jewish law), and Jewish mysticism.
There is a Hebrew requirement for entering the program. Incoming students must have completed Hebrew 4 (intermediate Hebrew), or the equivalent of two years of college Hebrew. For students who have had little exposure to Hebrew, Hebrew College offers a summer Ulpan course to prepare students for the master’s program.
Dual Degree: MJEd and MAJS
The dual Master of Jewish Education (MJEd) and Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MAJS) is a 45-credit program, which affords students the opportunity to acquire comprehensive Judaic knowledge together with educational theory and pedagogic application.
Combine a Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College with traditional text study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem to prepare for a career in Jewish day school education. The two-year, pluralistic graduate degree program leads to the following credentials:
- Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College
- Certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
If accepted into the Day School Educators Program, you will receive a generous yearly living stipend and two trips to the United States, supported by multiple foundations donors. Upon completion, you will commit to serving as a full-time Judaic studies teacher in a North American day school at the elementary, middle or high school level for at least three years.
The MJEd is granted to those students who successfully complete the Certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies at Pardes during the two-year period, as well as 24 graduate credits earned directly through Hebrew College. The course of study includes the following:
- Intensive Beit Midrash study of Hebrew texts
- Jewish education and Jewish studies courses, including online coursework through Hebrew College
- One-week residency seminar in Boston for an internship and intensive study at Hebrew College (spring semester of the first year of study)
- North American teaching internships (completed in the spring semester of both first and second years of study)
- Hebrew Ulpan
Interested students must apply to both Hebrew College and the Pardes Institute. The admissions departments of both institutions communicate to evaluate student applications. Additionally, the institutions communicate regarding administration and academic and student services.
The following is a general overview of eligibility and admission requirements:
- Applications to both schools
- B.A. with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Prior intensive study of Jewish texts or one year in a yeshiva program in Israel
- Hebrew language proficiency
- Three academic and professional letters of recommendation
- Personal interview
- Personal essay