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Jewish Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #162 (QS) ,
Offered by Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS) in conjunction with the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, the M.A. in Jewish Studies program is designed to provide you with up-to-date knowledge in the field of Jewish studies in preparation for an advanced degree.


The program offers you broad foundation in the field and will help you enrich your knowledge, research and language skills, and experience. You will expand your understanding of particular areas of interest through in-depth study of Jewish culture, texts, history, and philosophy.

You’ll enjoy an intimate learning experience in small classes with experts in the field. The program is divided into two main periods: Ancient to early Medieval, and Medieval to Modern. It also offers an optional Religious Studies Track.

In the M.A. in Jewish Studies program, you can take courses in textual studies, history, philosophy, languages, and culture, as well as participate in on-site study tours in Jerusalem. Courses that deal with the Ancient, Medieval, and Modern periods are available, along with an optional Religious Studies Track,  which allows you to expand your understanding of the interplay between the three monotheistic religions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Rabbis and Rivalry: Babylonia and the Land of Israel in Late Antiquity
  • Jerusalem in History, Art, and Literature: Between Imagination and Reality
  • The Battle over the Bible: The Bible in the Eyes of Jews, Christians, and Muslims
  • Kabbalah: The Renaissance of Myth and Mysticism in Medieval Jewish Thought
  • The Philosophy of Maimonides and His World
  • When West Met East: The Orient in Modern Jewish Culture
  • Understanding Holocaust Survivor Testimony: History and Memory

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    40 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education recognized by HebrewU and relevant background in Jewish studies
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA (82/100) or equivalent
  • Demonstrated knowledge of English  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17000 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    17000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17000 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Jerusalem

  • 3622 - 5920 ILS/month
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