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Master's Degree in Judaic Studies

Graduate students at the University of Michigan’sFrankel Center for Judaic Studies examine the histories, cultures, and languages of the Jewish people.  The MA offers an interdisciplinary course of study in the social, cultural and historical experiences of the Jewish people.  Students gain content background that will enable them to pursue careers in the Jewish professional world, such as development, advocacy, education, government, and social services, or further study at the doctorate level.

Working closely with distinguished faculty and prominent visitors, students develop individual responses to complex issues like religious faith, cultural pluralism, ethnic identity, and migration.  Students gain vital skills in research and
writing, critical and creative thinking, and public and persuasive speaking.  The diverse curriculum allows for exploration of any aspect of the Jewish experience, from Israel to America, spanning the biblical era to the present.

Program Requirements

  • 26 credits of graduate course work
  • Judaic 601: Introduction to Methods and Topics in Judaic Studies
  • 1 year program involves 4 credits of Proseminar in Jewish Communal Leadership 
  • 2 year program involves 8 credits of Proseminar in Jewish Communal Leadership
  • Complete capstone project by either writing a thesis (10,000-15,000 words) or engaging in an internship or field-work experience
Courses

JUDAIC601: Introduction to Methods and Topics in Judaic Studies (3 credits)
This mandatory course introduces graduate students to the disciplines, texts, and methods of Jewish studies. Students read textual materials from various eras of Jewish history (from antiquity to the modern period) and current scholarly literature that illustrates critical and disciplinary approaches to these texts. Students should take this course in their first year.

A student who lacks a sufficient background in Judaic Studies, but who has an exceptionally strong academic record and GRE scores, may possibly be admitted to the program. He or she would be required to take JUDAIC 505: What is Judaism?

 

Program Advantages

  • Build community with students from the Jewish Communal Leadership Program
  • Connect with Judaic Studies doctoral students
  • Meet with community leaders and professionals
  • Have flexibility to complte the program in 1 or 2 years
  • Attend public lectures and symposia from leading scholars on a variety of Judaic Studies Topics