Jewish Studies

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

12 months
17000 USD/year
17000 USD/year
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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.

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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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


40 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.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

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).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
89 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

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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