Online MA

The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary offers an exceptional online master's degree program in Jewish Education. Participants cover the same comprehensive curriculum in pedagogy and Jewish studies as their colleagues at our New York City campus, but they take most of their courses online. Students generally complete the 46-credit degree in three to four years.

Throughout the degree program, students are encouraged to enroll in two classes each semester (Fall and Spring). Students are required to enroll in 12 credits (four courses) on-site at the New York City campus. To fulfill the in-residence requirement, students typically enroll in the monthlong JTS Summer Sessions. On occasion, students may be exempt from taking summer sessions at JTS with approval from the associate Dean.

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The MA curriculum combines pedagogical, management, and leadership training as well as high-level study of Jewish text and academic Jewish studies. As part of the Pedagogical Skills course, first-year students are required to teach for at least one hour each week. This allows students to deeply understand their practice as educators. In the second part of their degree, students undertake an action-research project as part of their practicum, working with a JTS instructor who mentors them as they grow as educators.

Courses are asynchronous (not live), and students meaningfully contribute to online discussions and writing assignments. The havruta experience, in which students will be paired up to explore Jewish and pedagogical texts and engage with each other's ideas, is also part of some courses.

Through the JTS consortium with Teachers College of Columbia University, students may choose, in consultation with their advisors, to take an online or in-residence course in one of several specialized areas, such as learning differences or arts education.

For students without a strong background in Jewish studies, courses such as Survey of the Pentateuch, Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, and Introduction to Text Study may be required, and will help students gain a solid foundation to develop advanced skills as Jewish educators.

JTS does not offer Hebrew language courses online. Students must take Hebrew in their home communities (either at an accredited university or with a private tutor) until they reach the required intermediate Hebrew proficiency level. Students may also choose to take Hebrew on-site at JTS over the summer, though these courses do not apply toward the 4-course in-residence requirement.

Read suggestions for strengthening Hebrew language skills from JTS's Hebrew program.

Explore the MA curriculum in the Online MA course grid (PDF).

Learn more in the Academic Bulletin.

Online students are eligible for the same generous fellowships as the in-residence master's students in return for working in Jewish education, upon graduation, for the amount of time that they received the fellowship. Any fellowships the students receive also apply to JTS or Teachers College courses, as well as to summer courses.

While on campus during the summer, students pay for their housing and living expenses. Students may choose to rent living space here at JTS through the Residence Life office.

Students who are an ideal fit for the online program are self-motivated and enjoy expressing themselves through writing. Learn more about the MA admissions process and application requirements. 

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For more information, contact Director of Admissions at or (212) 678-8032.