Jewish Studies

Towson University

12 months
1104 USD/credit
1104 USD/credit
612 USD/credit
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Immerse yourself in the texts, culture, and study of Judaism as you broaden your understanding of the scope of the Jewish experience. The Jewish Studies program is offered by Towson University.


This Jewish Studies program consists of a five-course core sequence and a major in one of five fields: biblical and ancient Near Eastern civilization, rabbinic literature, Jewish thought and mysticism, or Jewish history. Program graduates successfully pursue doctoral programs or positions in the professional or academic arena.

Dual Degree Option: Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service and Jewish Studies

The dual-degree program in Jewish Education and Jewish Studies is a 59-unit program that prepares professionals and educators to lead the Jewish community of the 21st century. At the same time, students are immersed in Jewish classics and humanities, develop a comprehension of the scope of the Jewish experience and prepare to become effective and knowledgeable Jewish educators. 


The faculty include prominent scholars and educators with credentials in a key areas of Jewish studies, Jewish communal service and Jewish education. Faculty research and publications cover the areas of Jewish thought and mysticism, the archaeology of ancient Israel, Second Temple period literature and history, Rabbinic thought and literature, biblical and ancient Near Eastern civilization, European Jewish history, informal and formal Jewish education.

Why Towson University?

  • Towson is ideally located just minutes from Baltimore City, Pikesville, Owings Mills, and Reisterstown giving you easy access to internship and employment opportunities within a vast local network of Jewish communal organizations, non-profit agencies, synagogues, community centers and day schools.
  • Towson’s Baltimore Hebrew Institute (BHI) represents our commitment to providing support for the education and training of scholars, communal professionals and Jewish educators who exemplify excellence.
  • Through the BHI, students enrolled in Jewish Studies graduate programs have access to a variety of special programs and social activities as well as fellowship and scholarship opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biblical Literature And Civilization
  • Introduction To Rabbinic Literature And History
  • Medieval Jewish History
  • Jews In The Modern World
  • Introduction To Jewish Thought
  • Diaspora Jewish Communities
  • American Jewish History
  • Contemporary Jewish Ethics: Reshaping The Jewish Identity In Our Generation
  • Jdst Thesis 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




35 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university*
  • Minimum of a B average: overall GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Official transcript from all post-secondary institutions
  • Statement of Intent: a one-page essay describing your academic and professional goals and how this degree program can help you achieve these goals.
  • Sample of Work: a written sample of an academic research paper, thesis chapter or a published writing sample, no more than 20 pages.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one from an academic source (Email addresses of recommenders must be entered on application).
  • Applicants must be available for an interview with the director, in person or by phone.
  • Current Resume
  • Applicants from other countries are subject to the same requirements for admission as are applicants from the U.S. 
  • Applicants from other countries will be required to demonstrate proof of funding in order to obtain a visa to attend school in the US. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1104 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1104 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1104 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1104 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    612 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 612 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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Jewish Studies
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