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Distance Learning

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Jewish Studies

Distance Learning is currently available for students enrolled in the Spertus Institute Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MAJS), Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies (DSJS), and Doctor of Jewish Studies (DJS) programs.

The academic standards and requirements for courses taken through Distance Learning are identical to those for courses taken at Spertus Institute's Chicago campus, only the methods of course delivery are different. Students who opt to take their degree primarily through Distance Learning have complete flexibility as to when they wish to "attend" classes, according to their individual schedules.

Benefits of Spertus Institute Distance Learning

  • Convenience and flexibility 
  • Extensive resources for students with little geographical access to graduate-level Jewish Studies
  • Multi-faceted program delivery, including online courses, courses by video conferencing, summer seminars in Chicago, independent study, and directed reading courses

Online Course Offerings

The following courses are now available for admitted Spertus Institute Jewish Studies masters and doctoral degree students — as well as non-degree students who meet pre-requisite requirements and wish to enroll in courses for credit.

  • The Bible and the Ancient Near East
  • The World of the Rabbis
  • From Renaissance to Enlightenment
  • Modern Jewish Experiences
  • Gender and Judaism
  • History of Antisemitism: Antiquity to Late Eighteenth Century
  • History of Antisemistism: Dawn of the Enlightenment to the Present
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew III

Cost Per Course

Tuition per course is $1050 at the master's level
and $1200 per course at the doctoral level.

Courses can be started at any time.

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Why Spertus Institute?

  • Welcoming nondenominational environment open to all
  • Distinguished international faculty
  • Flexible scheduling and locations, distance learning available
  • Outstanding curricula with opportunities to pursue
    individual interests
  • Extensive resources


For a friendly person-to-person discussion about this program, contact Spertus Institute Director of Enrollment Stacey Flint at or 312.322.1707.


Before registering for Distance Learning courses, students must be admitted to one of Spertus Institute's Jewish Studies graduate programs — or be accepted as non-degree student who meets pre-requisite requirements and wishes to enroll in courses for credit.


At Spertus Institute, we embrace the idea that the wisdom of Jewish thought and the richness of Jewish experiences inform Jewish society and Judaism today. Our programs encourage personal reflection. Students grapple with Jewish ideas in the service of their personal, professional, and communal advancement.

Cost for Admitted Students

  • Masters level 
    $350 per quarter-hour credit 
    ($1050 per 3qh course)
  • Doctoral level 
    $400 per quarter-hour credit 
    ($1200 per 3qh course)

A registration fee of $25 is also required.