What will I learn?

Designed for students who wish to obtain a deep grounding in advanced Judaica (such as those planning to pursue doctoral studies or work in the non-academic professional Jewish world), this interdisciplinary program offers a broad overview of classical and modern Jewish studies with an emphasis on developing skills for textual analysis. Students who successfully complete the Jewish Studies MA program go on to a variety of educational and professional settings, including doctoral studies and professional careers in the Jewish world.


Students must demonstrate Hebrew competency at the level of HEB 5203, either through the Hebrew courses at JTS or by exemption through examination upon entering the program.
Core Seminar (3 credits)
Bible (6 credits; can include BIB 5011)
Talmud and Rabbinics (6 credits; can include TAL 5025)
12 Credits in the following areas (at least 3 credits in each area and 6 credits in History if MDS 5102 is included):

  • History (can include MDS 5102)
  • Thought
  • Literature

Elective (6 credits)
1 Capstone paper/project (designed in consultation with the program advisor)

Which department am I in?

The Jewish Theological Seminary

Study options

Full Time (30 graduate credits)

Tuition fees
US$33,690.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, September 2022


Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  The minimum TOEFL score expected is 600 (written) or 250 (computer version).

For international students

Applicant must have an undergraduate degree and TOEFL score of 600 on paper-and-pencil test, 100 on the internet-based test and IELTS score of 7.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.