12 months
64726 USD/year
64726 USD/year
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The MA in Jewish Studies at Columbia University is primarily concerned with the study of Jewish culture and religion in the diaspora and in Israel as well as with the position of Israel in the world historically and today.


Departments in which students take courses include History; Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies; and Religion.  Students may also take courses at the Jewish Theological Seminary. The Jewish Studies program at Columbia University concludes with a thesis on a limited topic within the student's area of concentration.

Key Features 

  • Students in the program are encouraged to make use of the resources of Columbia's Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies. 
  • The institute brings together faculty and students in several disciplines and departments whose academic interests primarily concern the study of Jewish civilization or the state of Israel in its historical and contemporary dimensions. 
  • It also encourages research and publication in all branches of Jewish history culture and institutions in Hebrew, Yiddish, and other Jewish languages and literatures, and in the history of Jewish philosophy and religion.

Programme Structure

  • Over decades of teaching and research, Columbia University's stellar faculty has created one of the most distinguished and longest-standing traditions in the academic study of Jewish literature, religion, history, and thought. 
  • Participating students will have the opportunity to learn from these professors in a variety of pedagogical and curricular formats and to take advantage of the countless cultural opportunities, museums, collections, and libraries in New York City that provide the chance for further study and hands on experience. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • transcripts of all previous post-secondary education 
  • a statement of academic purpose
  • a curriculum vitae or résumé
  • three letters of recommendation from academic sources 
  • GRE scores and, if applicable, results of the TOEFL or IELTS examination to fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement
  • a sample of scholarly writing, if required by the department or program
  • payment of the application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    64726 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32363 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    64726 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32363 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Manhattan

2638 - 5751 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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