Online Education and Distance Learning

The Jewish Theological Seminary has provided for-credit online courses to students around the world since 1996. Course-specific websites provide access to faculty presentations, assignments, course materials, interactive exercises, discussions, exams, and multimedia resources. Students use BlackboardTM, our learning management system, to interact with instructors and fellow students and to collaborate on group projects.

Online courses are offered to fulfill a variety of goals:

  • A master's degree in Jewish Education from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education.
  • Course work for nonmatriculated students in the Gershon Kekst Graduate School.
  • Opportunities for matriculated JTS students to supplement their on-campus course work.
  • Opportunities for new students to complete prerequisite and certain other courses prior to beginning on-campus courses.

The online learning experience meets the same rigorous standards as the courses offered on our 3080 Broadway campus. These courses follow a semester schedule and typically require four to six hours of work per week for approximately 14 weeks.

Students develop close learning relationships with colleagues around the world and receive personal attention from top JTS faculty. Participation and interaction are major components of every online class. Most required readings may be read online, while others may be purchased from online vendors.

For information about The Davidson School's online MA program, click here.

Individuals who wish to be nonmatriculated students may visit the Gershon Kekst Graduate School online learning page.

To search for online learning courses from the JTS website, click on Academics > Browse Courses, and set the campus location to "Distance Learning."