24 months
46200 USD/year
46200 USD/year
22620 USD/year
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The Jewish Thought program of the University at Buffalo, a comprehensive, 30-credit program, provides advanced training in the intellectual and spiritual history of Judaism, with special emphasis on medieval, modern and contemporary thought.


About the Jewish Thought program

The only degree of its kind and scope in SUNY, our innovative program welcomes students in pursuit of doctoral degrees as well as students seeking a terminal degree of Master of Arts in Jewish Thought. You will explore both classical and modern texts, and examine authors and philosophers who have an impact on the field. These authors and texts will be read closely to discover original ideas, the conceptual and historical relations of these ideas and thinkers to one another, and their relation to the broader intellectual issues of their times and our times.

Certain themes will also be examined in the context of these thinkers and their broader contributions to Western intellectual tradition and history: conceptions of God, revelation, redemption, ethics, gender theory, politics, Zionism, election, aesthetics, literature, the mission of Jews and Judaism, the nature of “religion,” Reformation in Judaism, and, more recently, the significance of the Holocaust and the State of Israel for Judaism and the contemporary world.

Upon completion of the Jewish Thought program of the University at Buffalo, an individual will possess the skills to combine and synthesize key competencies and demonstrate the ability to articulate and defend, in both oral and written forms, the principles, philosophy, and spiritual history of Judaism.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Late Antique and Medieval Jewish Texts
  • Jewish Law and Theory
  • Modern Jewish Thought
  • Virtue Ethics in Abrahamic Religions
  • Jewish Identity in Modern Literature
  • Jewish Literature after Auschwitz

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students must have a bachelor’s degree, or foreign equivalent, in the humanities
  • Reading knowledge of Hebrew is strongly encouraged but is not a prerequisite to admission
  • Depending on a student's demonstrated area of interest, research proficiency in another foreign language may be needed in order to complete the final project or thesis
  • Undergraduate courses in many relevant foreign languages are available at UB for students that will need to demonstrate additional language competency
  • Completed online application
  • Resume/CV, including any indication of reading knowledge of Hebrew and other non-English languages
  • Statement of Educational and Career Goals
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts from each university attended
  • GRE or GMAT results (optional)
  • International students must also submit proof of English proficiency (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    46200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    46200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    22620 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11310 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Buffalo

920 - 1560 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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