Degree & Certificate Programs

Since 1924, Spertus Institute has been dedicated to learning that is rich, rigorous, and deeply relevant to the issues that shape Jewish life. This tradition continues with graduate and certificate programs that serve adult learners from around the world. Spertus students benefit from our culture of innovation, flexibility, inclusivity, creativity, intellectual adventurousness, and academic excellence. They engage with Jewish ideas in the service of personal growth, community leadership, and professional advancement.

Spertus Institute is known for providing a welcoming nondenominational environment open to all. Our programs provide academic depth with real-world application. They are taught through a combination of onsite courses and seminars that build connection and distance learning components that meet real-life scheduling needs.

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My Spertus experience was life changing.

Director of Congregational Learning
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL


What Our Students Say

We often hear from students that their experiences at Spertus are inspiring and transformative. That is by design, because we offer thought-provoking content with real-world application, in a welcoming environment that meets students where they are on their academic, personal, and professional journeys.

Jewish Leadership Master’s Programs & Certificates

Rooted in the belief that great Jewish communities need great Jewish leaders, graduate degree and certificate offerings from Spertus Institute’s Center for Jewish Leadership transform Jewish life by cultivating innovative approaches to leadership and enhancing the abilities of Jewish professionals and lay leaders.

Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS)

For professionals serving Jewish organizations. Part-time, cohort-based program offers an integrated curriculum of cutting-edge professional skills along with applied Jewish studies.

Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies (EMAJPS)

For executive-level professionals working in the North American Jewish community. Accelerated, integrated curriculum highlights Jewish thought and executive skills.

Certificate in Jewish Leadership

Presented in partnership with Northwestern University, this program is for professionals and lay leaders serving Jewish institutions who desire to lead, communicate, and collaborate more effectively.

Leadership Certificate in Combating Antisemitism

For individuals in leadership positions of Jewish institutions. This executive training teaches them to respond to antisemitism with strength, skill, and expertise.

Jewish Studies Master’s & Doctoral Programs

We believe that the study of Jewish thought and history are critical to the development of thoughtful and informed perspectives on Judaism’s past, present, and future. Our Jewish Studies programs are high impact, self-paced, and engaging, with opportunities for students to pursue individual interests.

Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MAJS)

MAJS students explore the evolving nature of Jewish civilization and the religious and intellectual history of Jews and Judaism.

Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies (DSJS)

DSJS students address challenging, critical issues of Jewish life and thought, and their relevance to individuals and the community.

Doctor of Hebrew Letters (DHL)

Individualized program for rabbis and educators seeking the academic grounding to address issues in contemporary Jewish life.

Find Out More

View the website pages linked above to learn more about Spertus Institute’s individual degree and certificate programs. Or make an appointment to connect with someone on our admissions team to answer your questions and to help you explore which program is right for you.

To arrange, contact Amie Barrish, Assistant Director for Recruitment.

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I look forward to hearing your goals and welcoming you to the Spertus community of learners.

Assistant Director for Recruitment
Spertus Institute, Chicago

Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Chicago.