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Master's Degree in Judaic Studies


The M.A. program in Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan is a comprehensive interdisciplinary course of graduate study for students who seek a deeper knowledge of Jewish culture, history, arts and letters. The M.A. offers an opportunity to study the rich culture and historical experience of the Jewish people, and their traditions, interactions with other cultures, and impact on world civilizations. Drawing upon our faculty and library resources, the M.A. program provides a comprehensive broad, balanced advanced education in Judaic Studies.

Program Requirements



A minimum of 26 credits are required for the Judaic Studies M.A completed in 12 months or over 2 academic years.:

  • 15 credits in  Judaic Studies Courses
  • 2 credits each term in Jewish Communal Leadership Proseminar course
  • 4 credits of Judaic 601: Introduction to Methods and Topics in Judaic Studies
  • 3 credits Capstone Course completed through an internship or field work or completion of thesis or seminar paper. Students may elect to complete a 3 credit Independent Study to accompany the thesis or seminar paper

A thesis or substantial seminar paper of 10,000–15,000 words (40–60 pages) is required.


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 JUDAIC505: What is Judaism