M.A. degree program in Judaic studies
HEGIS code 0309
NYS SED program code 79419

The M. A. in Judaic studies program offers advanced instruction and research in many areas of Judaic studies. Our graduates have found new employment or have enhanced their present careers in such diverse fields as education, non-profit organizations, and social work. Others have been accepted into doctoral programs. The 30-credit program requires a minimum of 21 credits to be completed in the department and 9 credits to be chosen in consultation with the department chairperson. In completing the degree the student may opt either to take a comprehensive examination or to write a thesis.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Flatto, Sharon Graduate Deputy 718-951-5229 3111 James Hall sflatto @ brooklyn.cuny.edu call/email for appointment


Admission Requirements

Department Judaic Studies
Fall Application Deadline March 1st
Spring Application Deadline November 1st - rolling admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions: transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a writing sample. Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 525, 195, 70


Matriculation requirements
Applicants must offer at least 18 credits in advanced undergraduate courses in Judaic studies or the equivalent. Applicants must offer minimal competency in the Hebrew language equivalent to two years of college-level Hebrew. An interview is required at the time of application. General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."
Degree requirements
Thirty credits are required for the degree. Courses in Judaic studies are grouped in the following areas of study:

1. Bible: Judaic Studies 7704X, 7706X, 7707X, 7708X, 7821X.
2. Talmud and Midrash: Judaic Studies 7711X, 7712X, 7714X, 7715X, 7822X.

3. Jews of Central and Western Europe: Judaic Studies 7720X, 7722X, 7723X, 7724X, 7823X.
4. Jews of Eastern Europe: Judaic Studies 7730X, 7731X, 7732X, 7736X, 7824X.
5. Holocaust: Judaic Studies 7747X, 7748X, 7749X, 7750X, 7825X.

6. Jews of America: Judaic Studies 7741X, 7742X, 7744X, 7749X, 7826X.
7. Israel and the Middle East: Judaic Studies 7755X, 7751X, 7752X, 7754X, 7827X.
8. Modern Jewish Thought: Judaic Studies 7720X, 7754X, 7760X, 7761X, 7828X.

Students must complete 21 credits in courses in the Judaic Studies Department. The following courses are required: four courses in one of the eight areas of study (selected from one of the categories A, B, or C); and at least one additional course selected from each of the two other categories (A, B, or C). Students who choose to write a thesis are required to take Judaic Studies 7783G. The remaining 9 credits required for the degree may be in courses in other departments, or outside the college, with the approval of the chairperson.

Before completing 18 credits, students must pass an advanced language examination, administered by the department, which tests their ability to read and comprehend Hebrew or another foreign language pertinent to their area of specialization and approved by the department.
After completing all course work, except Judaic Studies 7783G, students must pass a comprehensive examination or submit a thesis acceptable to the department. Students who choose to submit a thesis may do so only with the approval of the department. Information about the thesis and comprehensive examination is in the section "Academic Regulations and Procedures" of the Graduate Buleltin