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MA in Jewish Professional Studies

MA in Jewish Professional Studies

Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies

Accepting applications for:

North American Cohort 2020
September 23, 2019 — Preferred admission deadline
December 10, 2019 — Preferred admission candidates notified of admission status
December 30, 2019 — Admission deadline  
Janaury 30, 2020 — Regular admission candidates notified of admission status
March 22, 2020 — Courses begin 

To learn about future cohorts, contact Director of Enrollment Anita Silvert at

Spertus Institute's MA in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) program is a world-class, career-boosting Jewish educational opportunity. First piloted in Chicago, the program advances the professional skills and Jewish knowledge of those working for and with the Jewish community. 

MAJPS has proven to be so influential for graduates and their organizations that citywide cohorts are offered around the US and international cohorts are offered in Canada and Israel.

Do you work for a Jewish organization? Want to work in the Jewish community? This program is for you. 

This unique graduate program meets the needs of working students through its core curriculum, concentration areas, and individualized learning components — including a yearlong professional mentorship and a personalized capstone project. Coursework has immediate application, with projects designed so students can use their own institutions as learning laboratories. The curriculum emphasizes small-group collaboration using case studies and team exercises.


  • Non-traditional program geared toward busy, working adults
  • Emphasis on learning that is relevant to students’ careers
  • Distinguished, accessible faculty
  • Professional mentoring as a component of the program
  • Can be completed in just over two years
  • Fellowships cover a significant portion of the tuition


Students in the MAJPS program learn to:

  • Understand key themes in Jewish communal life today
  • Possess a grounding in classical Jewish thinking and texts
  • Understand the best practices in nonprofit management that 
    most affect Jewish communal work
  • Develop skills for critical self-reflection and career planning, aided by work with an individual mentor
  • Integrate theory and practice in the professional environment
  • Learn to work constructively with diverse groups of constituents and colleagues

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (45 quarter-hour credits)

  • Core curriculum (8 courses, 3 credits each)
  • Concentration (4 courses in one of 2 tracks, 3 credits each)
  • Individualized Mentoring and Capstone Project (9 credits)


  • Nonprofit Management
  • Jewish Studies

The MAJPS program also offers the opportunity to earn additional certification in Israel Education through a partnership between Spertus Institute and The iCenter for Israel Education. (Additional fees apply.)

Interested in learning more?

Contact Director of Enrollment Anita Silvert, 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

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Midcareer Fellowships

Fellowships Available 
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Do you work at least 15 hours per week serving the Jewish community? If so, you may be eligible for a substantial scholarship — called a Midcareer Fellowship — made possible with the support of a generous outside donor.

Through a combination of fellowship and scholarship funds, select applicants are eligible for a tuition reduction of approximately 60%.


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


Those who learn at Spertus bring new competencies, creativity, and credentials to Jewish organizations around the world. Organizations served>