The master's degree is geared toward students wanting to deepen their knowledge of Jewish studies, whether in rigorous preparation for PhD programs; preparation for a career in Jewish professional leadership, Jewish education, or other fields; or to pursue personal Jewish exploration through an academic course of study.
MA Academic Areas of Study
Ancient Jewish Studies
Jewish Art and Visual Culture
Jewish Ethics (MA only)
Jewish Gender and Women's Studies
Jewish Professional Leadership
Jewish Studies and Social Work
(MA/MSW) with the Columbia University School of Social Work
Jewish Studies and Public Administration
(MA/MPA) with the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
Jewish Studies and the Semester-in-Israel Program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Liturgy (on hiatus)
Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Studies
Modern Jewish Studies and the Semester-in-Israel Program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Talmud and Rabbinics
The Graduate School and the Center for Pastoral Education offer students the opportunity to obtain a Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling in conjunction with a master's degree. This certificate can be earned by graduate students enrolled in any MA program at JTS.
"A new career needs a new community and, in my case, I needed and wanted both a Jewish academic community and a peer group of those who cared about religious identity. I have become a grounded, educated contemporary American Jew from my master's in Jewish Studies. From my training for the Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling under the direction of Rabbi Mychal Springer, I have become part of the leading edge of Jewish pastoral care."
MA, Jewish Studies, Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling '13
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The Graduate School offers a number of merit fellowships for students pursuing the MA. In addition to general Graduate School MA merit fellowships, fellowship opportunities include the:
Special MA Programs
Joint Graduate School MA/Ordination Program
Joint Graduate School MA/Davidson School MA Program
Joint Graduate School MA/Cantorial Investiture Program
Learn more about these Special MA Programs.