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Jewish Studies, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #51 (ARWU) , MD,
The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies, one of the oldest of its kind in the United States, hosts the academic programs in Jewish Studies, Israel Studies, and Religious Studies at the University of Maryland.


The Jewish Studies Program offers both a Masters Degree in Jewish Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Studies.

The Masters Program in Jewish Studies is designed to offer students broad, interdisciplinary, graduate-level training in Jewish Studies, as well as in-depth focus on some aspect of the Jewish experience. The curriculum draws on the strengths of the Jewish Studies Program at Maryland, especially Jewish History, Bible, Jewish Literature and Cultural Studies (particularly in the ancient and modern periods), Yiddish, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Israel Studies. In addition, students take courses in cognate fields outside of Jewish Studies in consultation with their advisors. The extremely strong, and still growing, library collection (rivaled in the mid-Atlantic region only by the Library of Congress), and our proximity to the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and other museums and institutions make the University a prime location for graduate Jewish Studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Seminar in Jewish Studies
  • Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies
  • Jews in Medieval Times 1000-1450
  • Issues in Jewish Ethics and Law
  • The Golden Age of Jewish Philosophy
  • Readings in Medieval Hebrew
  • Readings in the Hebrew Bible
  • Readings in Rabbinic Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew Literature in Translation
  • Readings in Modern Hebrew
  • Judaism and the Construction of Gender
  • Advanced Language Module for Jewish Studies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree, completed by the time of enrollment in the program.
  • Official transcripts from prior institutions of education.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Applicant’s statement of purpose which should describe how the applicant’s academic career objectives and experiences fit with the intended program of study
  • Sample of academic writing
  • Official scores from a GRE exam

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1474 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1474 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    683 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 683 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for College Park

  • 1676 - 2840 USD/month
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