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MA in Jewish Professional Studies

MA in Jewish Professional Studies

Graduate Chris Herman is now Coordinator of Pittsburgh's Diller Teen Fellows Program, an international leadership experience for Jewish teens.

21st-Century Jewish Community Leader Chris Herman (above) is now Coordinator of Pittsburgh's Diller Teen Fellows Program, an international leadership experience for Jewish teens.

He developed his leadership skills through Spertus Institute's Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) program, a world-class, career-boosting Jewish educational opportunity. First piloted in Chicago in 2008, the MAJPS program is specifically designed to advance the professional skills and Jewish knowledge of those working for and with the Jewish community. 

The program has proven to be so influential for graduates and their organizations that it now is offered in select Jewish communities worldwide. Today, citywide cohorts are being offered around the US and international cohorts are underway in Canada and Israel.

Do you work for a Jewish organization? Want to work in the Jewish community? Have staff members who you want to see succeed as Jewish professionals? 

The next Chicago MAJPS cohort begins this fall, with a preliminary seminar in June.

Applications being accepted now

Reduce the cost to become a better leader

Work at least 15 hours per week serving the Jewish community? If so, you are eligible for a Midcareer Fellowship that reduces the cost of the MAJPS program by 70%! Fellowships are available to students who enroll byJune 15, 2016.

With the generous support of an outside donor, Spertus Institute for Jewish learning and Leadership is able to provide significant scholarships through the Midcareer Fellowship Program (MAJPS/midcareer-fellowship) to qualified students. Fellows receive a tuition reduction of 70% bring the cost of the entire cost of the program to just under $5,000.

See if you qualify for a fellowship>

Interested in learning more? 
Contact Director of Enrollment Stacey Flint, who will meet you to discuss your goals and share how the Spertus MAJPS program can accelerate your career or empower your staff. Reach her at or 312.322.1707

Next Steps

Apply Now

Applications now being accepted for the 2016 Chicago cohort.

Midcareer Fellowships

Fellowships Available 

With the generous support of an outside donor, Spertus Institute is able to offer substantial scholarships — called Midcareer Fellowships — to incoming MAJPS students who meet specific criteria, including employment with a Jewish agency or organization.
See if you qualify>

Scholarship Information

Scholarships Available for Janaury/February Applicants

MAJPS has now been approved for the JFNA FEREP Graduate Scholarship Program!

The Federation Executive Recruitment & Education Program (FEREP) is a graduate scholarship program, funded through the Jewish Federations of North America Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence. The program awards up to $40,000 for tuition in specified areas of graduate study, in return for a minimum two-year paid work commitment in a North American Jewish Federation following graduate school.

The deadline for applications is February 12, 2016. More> 

Scholarships are also available for the 2016-2017 academic year from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago's Academic Scholarship Program. MAJPS students are eligible. Information>

You may also be eligible for other scholarships. Here's a list>

Characteristics of Spertus Institute Degree Programs

  • Non-traditional programs geared toward busy, working adults
  • Emphasis on application of learning
  • Distinguished faculty
  • Program support through expert library resource assistance and academic advising

Downloadable Info Sheets

Curriculum and Concentrations
Cultivating Organizational Leaders