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Jewish Studies, M.A.

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  • 11 months
University rank #219 (QS) ,
Our MA Jewish Studies offer a series of intimate encounters with the classical texts of Jewish culture, from biblical to modern times. Its intellectual home is in the department of Hebrew Culture Studies at Tel Aviv University, the single largest integrated Jewish Studies department in the world.


Our courses are taught by a team of Israeli and international dedicated lecturers, with world-class expertise in their respective fields and utterly committed to teaching excellence. All courses combine cutting edge research and the pursuit of ideas with a great emphasis ontextual proficiency and reading skills. Primary texts are studied in Hebrew (with translations) and secondary reading and teaching are in English.

Our aim is to provide the skills and tools that constitute the foundation of Jewish text study, whether in the university, the synagogue or other religious institution, or for personal benefit.

Our MA provides an excellent foundation for further graduate studies in Jewish Studies and other fields involving text work. It attracts Humanities graduates from all over the world. Its graduates are well equipped for work in Jewish and other communities, synagogues and churches, museums, charities, and many branches of education.

About the department

The department of Hebrew Culture Studies, the single largest integrative Jewish Studies department in the world today, covers a wide range of periods, methodologies, and scholarly interests, while maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence. The department offers a unique graduate program for students seeking to specialize in the fields of Hebrew and Jewish culture, from the ancient to the modern period, taught by world-class experts in their fields. Students choose to specialize in one of five study tracks offered: (1) Hebrew language; (2) Semitic Linguistics, (3) Bible, (4) Talmud ; and (5) Jewish Philosophy.

About the Faculty of Humanities

With an infrastructure that brings History, Jewish Studies and Cultural Studies under one roof, a distinguished faculty with a commitment to excellence in scholarship, and an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research, students at all levels are offered the pluralistic education essential to keeping them in the mainstream.

New programs of study and research are being forged in the Faculty of Humanities. Barriers between traditional fields are being broken down. Multidisciplinary research teams are being formed, and traditional areas are being combined into novel teaching and research programs. Many of these programs are energized by the cross-fertilization between Jewish and general studies; between Mediterranean and Asian historians with their broad perspective on issues such as peace and security in the region; among philosophers, linguists and scholars of Bible, Arabic literature and Medieval history as they approach the study of religion or the meaning of science.

The unique configuration of departments and research centers also makes the Faculty an ideal venue to study the three major monotheistic religions, and to explore such timely subjects as the emergence of nationalism and fundamentalism and the rise of ethnic strife following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

About Tel Aviv University

Located within Israel's cultural, financial and business heartland, Tel Aviv University is the largest and most comprehensive of Israel's institutions of higher education. TAU is active in most areas of teaching and research and plays a focal role in all areas of economic, social, and national debate. This major center of learning started in 1956 with the union of three small educational units - the Tel Aviv School of Law and Economics, an Institute of Natural Sciences, and an Institute of Jewish Studies. It was granted autonomy in 1963. Today, over 29,000 students participate in the degree programs of the University's 105 different departments and 27 schools in nine faculties.

Programme Structure

The core curriculum of the program focuses on ancient Judaism, with courses in language, Bible and Midrash/Talmud. These courses enable students to develop in-depth knowledge and tools in the study of Classical Jewish sources in the first semester.

During the next two semesters of their studies, students may choose electives in the fields of medieval and modern Judaism offered from within the program, as well as up to 2 courses from the English language programs offered by TAU. These include biblical archeology, Israel studies, and Middle Eastern history. Students will receive personal guidance from program advisors on their choice of electives.

Courses from our regular Masters program at the Hebrew Culture Studies department are also open to students who are fluent in Hebrew.

General Courses from the program for Overseas Students will be available for students based on the academic discretion of the academic coordinator.

Degree Requirements:

  • A final paper for each of the courses taken (approx. 15-20 pages in length)[50% of the final grade]
  • Two larger research papers on topics of the student’s choice (approx. 30-35 pages), to be submitted by the end of the year[30% of the final grade]
  • A comprehensive reading exam at the end of the year [20% of the final grade]
  • No master thesis required

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 11 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Required documents:

You need to submitt the following documents for your application to be reviewed

  • Two academic letters of recommendation (on line format available)
  • Your original academic transcripts, including a list of courses taken and·all grades received.
  • Health declaration for medical insurance
  • A passport size digital picture
  • A short essay: one page in length which includes the following or anything else you feel is relevant: Your interest and purpose in pursuing the MA in Jewish studies; how the programs fits into your overall professional growth; and how you will contribute to the program and class dynamics.
  • USD 100 application fee, payable by credit card or bank transfer.


  • BA Degree (minimum grade: 80 [GPA 3]) (80% of the credits should be from an accredited college or university);
  • Previous academic studies in Jewish culture, including basic training in Hebrew: an advantage.
  • Toefl exam, if the applicant comes from a non English speaking country: Minimum TOEFL requirements: 573 on the paper based test; 230 on the computer based test; and 89 on the internet based test. The University's Code is 7704.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16000 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 11 months.
  • National

    16000 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 11 months.
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Tuition: $16,000 (including academic fees, access to campus libraries, academic trips throughout the year, health insurance, and membership in the Student Union

Living costs for Tel Aviv

  • 4103 - 6890 ILS/month
    Living Costs

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