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Jewish Theology

University of Potsdam

24 months
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The Jewish Theology MA course at the University of Potsdam will form the basis for a vital engagement with Jewish religious history and philosophy, as well as providing scope to develop religious practice. 


Course Details

The Jewish Theology MA course at the University of Potsdam enables you to understand complex theological, philosophical and ethical ideas in the context of Jewish tradition and current academic and societal debates. Through the academic program you will acquire excellent knowledge of the history of ancient and medieval Jewish religion and philosophy, as well as of the wide-ranging transformation processes since the mid-16th century. The program places articular emphasis on deepening one's knowledge of Rabbinic Judaism in Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, periods which have been formative for Judaism in a number of ways up to the present. The analysis, interpretation, and religious history contextualization of the traditional literature and of the Talmudic era (Mishnah, Talmud and Midrashim) as well as the later literature of the Rishonim and Acharonim in its original languages are thus at the core of the program. Other focal areas are the Jewish Enlightenment and the Reform Movement, Eastern European Hasidism, and religious philosophy, as well as the theological and ethical concepts of the 19th and 20th century. The Jewish theology program is based on the current state of research and conveys to the students the necessary specialist knowledge and methodological skills that enable them to independently analyze the texts relevant for Jewish religious history. Practical theology is also part of the program. Knowledge and understanding of the orders of service is expanded and specific liturgical features of celebrations, fast days and days of remembrance are dealt with. In this way students will gain authentic insights into Judaism today in all its diversity. For students with a Jewish religious affiliation, the subject can also be chosen with focus areas of liberal or conservative (Masorti) rabbinates. The academic program with one of these focus areas is associated with admission to the Abraham Geiger College or the Zacharias Frankel College in Potsdam. You are provided with the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained during your studies, through an internship module. It offers a choice between different internship options, e.g., with a Jewish community or cultural institution, or you could design a tutorial for the bachelor's program, or take part in an academic project. 

Career Opportunities

  • In the course of the master's program you will acquire excellent knowledge of the field of Jewish religion, which qualifies you for employment in various places of work. These include, for example, archives and museums with Jewish collections, memorials, Jewish and non-Jewish educational and cultural institutions, institutions that endeavor to maintain the Jewish legacy in Germany and abroad, protection and preservation of historical monuments. In addition, employment in the library sector, and in the media and publications sectors are possible. Moreover, the Master program is a pathway to an academic career opening opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree. Click here to find an overview of further career fields available for you after graduation.
  • There are further areas of employment for graduates of the Jewish religious confession in Jewish communities, schools, and other Jewish institutions. These also include positions as a hospital or retirement home chaplain, which need not necessarily be held by persons working in a formal community position. The academic program with rabbinate focus area (liberal and conservative/Masorti) leads, in conjunction with training at the Abraham Geiger College or the Zacharias Frankel College, to the profession of rabbi.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Jewish Religion and Philosophy in Ancient Times and in the Middle Ages
  • Jewish Religion and Philosophy in the Modern Era
  • Liturgy
  • Textual Studies of Rabbinic Literature and Halacha
  • Practical Theology
  • Jewish History and Culture
  • Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Comparison

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


English, German


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applying for a master's degree generally requires you to hold an undergraduate degree, such as a bachelor's degree, in a subject relevant to Jewish theology. Furthermore, you should have knowledge of the Hebrew and Aramaic languages.

Tuition Fee

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  • 280 Euros per semester administrative fee

Living costs for Potsdam

690 - 1050 EUR /month
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