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Graduate Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate provides an opportunity for graduate students enrolled at the University of Michigan to acquire an interdisciplinary grounding in Judaic Studies as a secondary field. Through dynamic courses and collaboration with faculty, students enhance skills, gain specialized knowledge, build credentials, and develop professional expertise. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a printed graduate certificate from the Rackham Graduate School as well as formal recognition on their U-M transcripts.

Graduate Program Requirements

This program requires fifteen (15) credits of course work that will provide multidisciplinary perspectives on Jewish Studies. You are required to take Judaic 601 and Judaic 890.

To discuss the program requirements or plan a course of study, please make an appointment using the Advising Appointment System. You can also e-mail our Student Services Coordinator or e-mail our Faculty Advisor.

Language Requirement

Students will be expected to have reading knowledge of at least one Jewish language. Proficiency will be measured via testing or the completion of language instruction through the 200-level (e.g., Yiddish 202, HJCS 202). These include Hebrew, Yiddish, Aramaic, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian. Documentation of this status is to be provided to Judaic Studies and certified by the Judaic Studies Graduate Student Advisor.

Credits earned from language instruction will not be applied to the certificate’s 15-credit requirement.


Judaic 601: Introduction to Methods and Topics in Judaic Studies
The mandatory core introductory course introduces students to the various questions, texts, methodologies, and perspectives that constitute the broad field of Jewish studies. It ranges from antiquity to the modern period, reading Biblical and rabbinic texts, as well as medieval and modern ones. The focus is on interactions between Jews and others: on the ways in which Jews have understood themselves in relation to the societies in which they lived, the peoples with whom they interacted, the languages they acquired. (3 credits)

Judaic 890: Capstone Research Course                                                                                                            The mandatory capstone workshop course requires students to share work-in-progress from their dissertation, providing and receiving feedback. In this process, participants consider how their work engages current research and debates in the various fields of Jewish studies. Throughout the course, students also participate in professionalization workshops including article publication, the job market, and digital self-promotion. The culminating project for the course can be an article draft or a professional website (3 credits). 

Breadth Requirement

Three (3) additional graduate-level courses are required from among those offered by Judaic Studies faculty. At least one of these must be in a field outside of the student’s primary department.

Not more than one-sixth of the credits required for any given master's may be double-counted between a certificate and master's program, and double-counted credits must not exceed one-half of the certificate credit hour requirement. View the full double-counting of credits policy here.