Judaic Studies

University of Michigan

M.A. On Campus
24 months
24102 USD/year
24102 USD/year
11945 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Jewish civilizations and thought. The Master of Arts (M.A.) program explores the rich culture and historical experience of the Jewish people, their unique traditions, interactions with other cultures, and impact on world civilizations. 


Program Description

It draws on the academic excellence and expertise of faculty in many disciplines, including history; political science; Near Eastern studies; Germanic, English, Slavic, Hebrew and Yiddish languages; sociology; religious studies; and comparative literature. Resources available to our students include the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, the Martin Salinger Resource Center, and the Jewish Heritage Video Collection. The M.A. in Judaic Studies program at University of Michigan provides an advanced, yet comprehensive and balanced curriculum in Judaic Studies while allowing students to concentrate on one of the following areas:

1) Literature and Culture

  • Comparative Jewish Literatures
  • Hebrew Literature
  • Yiddish Literature

2) Jewish History and Social Science

  • Ancient, Medieval and Modern Jewish History
  • Contemporary Jewish Affairs
  • American Jews (history, literature, sociology)
  • Israel (culture and politics)
  • Former Soviet Union (politics, history, and culture)

3) Classical and Modern Judaism: Law and Religion

  • Jewish Mysticism
  • Rabbinics
  • Jewish Thought
  • Biblical Studies

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • What is Judaism
  • Sources of Jewish History
  • Film, Fiction and Female in Israel
  • From Ghetto to Suburb
  • Ethnicity in Israeli Literature and Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of Purpose:
  • Personal Narrative: Describe your life experiences that have motivated your decision to pursue a degree in Judaic Studies.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcript(s): from all academic programs attended; electronic versions are accepted but official transcripts must still be mailed to the Rackham Graduate School
  • GRE Scores
  • Writing Sample: Please keep length below 30 pages

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24102 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24102 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24102 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24102 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    11945 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11945 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Judaic Studies
University of Michigan