Indiana University’s master’s degree program in Jewish Studies provides students with the advanced interdisciplinary and language study necessary to prepare them for a doctoral program in a disciplinary department or for nonacademic careers in the professional world and nonprofit sector. Building on the unique strengths of the Borns Jewish Studies Program, the M.A. program in Jewish Studies allows students to take classes with IU's world-class faculty in a wide range of areas within Jewish Studies, to work closely with a faculty mentor on an independent master’s thesis project, and to pursue internship opportunities as part of the master’s degree program.
The program will normally take two years to complete. It is designed to provide students with a solid working knowledge in one or more languages relevant to the study of Jewish culture (typically Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, and/or Yiddish), a broad exposure to the academic field of Jewish Studies in a number of different disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, and the analytical skills that should serve students whether they choose to pursue a doctoral degree related to Jewish Studies or find employment in the professional world, for example in nonprofit management or education.
“As a small graduate program, the Borns JSP creates a community of future scholars, fostering an uncommon culture of partnership among M.A. students and Ph.D. minors while offering the interdisciplinary courses and sponsored events of a large university. One example of this mutual support is the thriving JS Graduate Student Association, which provides monthly paper readings, an annual graduate student conference, and faculty-graduate workshops/lunches every other week. The strength of this M.A. program lies in the tight-knit, supportive, and focused academic community nurtured by accessible professors and dedicated staff.”
– Matthew Brittingham, M.A. 2014; now Ph.D. student at Emory University
The M.A. in Jewish Studies can be combined with a certificate in nonprofit management from Indiana University’s School for Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Students with a particular interest in modern Jewish history can pursue a dual M.A. in Jewish Studies and History.
Most students receive fellowship funding of up to $20,000 plus health insurance and fee remission.
How to apply for the M.A. in Jewish Studies
Thirty-two (32) credit hours of graduate course work to be distributed as follows. Courses need to be at the 500-level or above; courses at the 300 or 400 level can be included only with permission of the Director of Graduate Studies of the Jewish Studies Program.
The M.A. degree requires three semesters of residency. A maximum of 8 transfer credits are allowed to satisfy the M.A. requirements.
Domestic students (deadline January 1, 2016): http://graduate.indiana.edu/admissions/apply.shtml
Note: International applications will require TOEFL scores and GRE scores sent to IU, 3 letters of recommendation, undergraduate transcript(s), an academic writing sample, and a “personal statement” of academic direction and goals.
International students (deadline December 1, 2015): http://ois.indiana.edu/admissions/apply/graduate/index.shtml
Note: Domestic applications will require GRE scores sent to IU, 3 letters of recommendation, undergraduate transcript(s), an academic writing sample, and a “personal statement” of academic direction and goals.
Applicants for the dual M.A. in History and Jewish Studies (deadlines November 1, 2015 for international students and December 1, 2015 for domestic students) need to apply indicating their interest in the dual degree program on the "Departmntal Questions" section of the online application. For further information contact the Jewish Studies Graduate Secretary, Melissa Hunt, at email@example.com.
For more details about the domestic application process, please visit the University Graduate School at http://graduate.indiana.edu/admissions/index.shtml.
For more details about the international applicatons process, please visit the Office of International Admissions at http://ois.indiana.edu.