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Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies at Spertus Institute

Jewish Studies Graduate Programs at Spertus Institute are designed for students who seek to explore the breadth of the Jewish experience through advanced scholarship.

Taught by skilled and distinguished faculty, courses are offered at our downtown Chicago campus at twice-yearly seminars, as well as through both synchronous and asynchronous distance learning formats.

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 intellectual and spiritual reflection. Our students grapple with Jewish ideas in the service of their personal, professional, and communal advancement.

Degree Types

Spertus Institute Jewish Studies degree offerings:

Programs are offered on a quarter-term system with flexible start dates.

Why Spertus Institute

  • Welcoming nondenominational environment open to all
  • Distinguished international faculty
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Onsite seminars and distance learning
  • Opportunities to pursue individual interests
  • Extensive resources

To Learn More

Contact Assistant Director for Recruitment Amie Barrish at or 312.322.1707.

Spertus Students

Students pursue Jewish Studies at Spertus for a range of reasons, tied to what is most important in their own lives.

Pursuing my MA in Jewish Studies elevates my credentials as an official tour guide to religious sites, both Jewish and Christian, in Rome, Vatican City, and throughout Italy. — Brenda Bohen, Rome, Italy and Chicago, IL

Spertus Institute's doctoral program allows me to focus on my research on Judaism's influence on Western civilization. I am especially interested in how religion shapes family life. — Trevan Hatch, Faculty, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

I am enrolled in Spertus Institute's MA in Jewish Studies to broaden my knowledge of the vast history of Jewish civilization. I want to set an example for my children and grandchildren: You are never too old to learn. — Joel Kaufmann, Chicago, IL


Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604.

Admission Information

Admission requirements by degree type: 

Students must be admitted before registering for courses. 

Once admitted, students can apply for scholarship assistance in the form of partial tuition remission on a course-by-course basis, as funds are available. Contact Financial Aid Coordinator Judy Wood at for information.