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Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies

Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies

The Center for Jewish Leadership offers programs and services that develop the abilities of Jewish professional and lay leaders.

Frequently Asked Questions (and their Answers)

Why do we need an Executive Master’s program specifically for senior staff of Jewish organizations?

According to a study by the Why do I need this degree?

The EMAJPS provides senior-level professionals of Jewish nonprofit organizations with executive-level knowledge and skills. Through its focus on best practices and application of effective leadership models, it expands career opportunities. Through its cohort model, the program connects you to colleagues from across the Jewish communal world, providing a network of lifelong contacts and resources. Executive coaching is integrated into the program, as is a personalized capstone project designed to address your own leadership and organizational needs.

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How long is the program?

The program can be completed in one year — from June 2017 to June 2018 — because a candidate’s professional experience can count toward graduate credit.

How often do I have to come to Chicago?

Over the course of the year-long program, there are five courses taught through onsite seminars at Spertus Institute, held Sunday afternoons through Tuesday mornings. A sixth course is taught via a web-conferencing format, so no travel is required. Our current students say that one of the most important benefits from the EMAJPS is the cohort relationships they’ve developed by studying together. See schedule and session topics >

How much does it cost?

The total cost of the program is $18,000, BUT, due to generous fellowships, 65% of the program costs are covered, making the total student obligation $6,500. Fellowships are limited and are awarded to qualified students on a first-come, first-served basis, so we highly recommend applying by the March 31, 2017, deadline for preferred admission. See application criteria >

Tuition does not cover travel or accommodation costs, although Spertus has made arrangements with local hotels for reduced rates.

Many participants are able to leverage support from their own institutions to cover all or a portion of their costs.

I have a full time job and a family. Do I really have time for this?

Yes, you do! Everyone in this program has a demanding job and other responsibilities. In fact, the program is designed exactly for this type of participant. The seminar format minimizes your time away from home and work. Class requirements and schedules are published far in advance, allowing even the busiest of professionals to work the program into their calendar.

How do I apply?

Apply here

For admissions consideration, please complete the application form, admissions essay, and fellowship application. You will also need to submit a resume and academic transcripts.

Other questions?


Anita Silvert
Director of Enrollment


Tal Rosen
Director of the Center for Jewish Leadership

Executive Excellence

Participants in the inaugural cohort of the Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies represent organizations in Chicago, Cleveland, New Jersey, New York, Ontario, and Washington, DC. READ MORE >

Only at Spertus

Guided by Jewish wisdom and history, the Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies builds on Spertus Institute's highly regarded Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies, but its content and design is specifically for those leading Jewish organizations to successfully serve, enrich, and perpetuate the Jewish community.

This experience cannot be duplicated by business school programs. Spertus Institute's targeted training gives participants the precise proficiencies required to maximize their organizations’ performance, stay ahead of best practices, and avoid expensive outside consultants.


Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604.

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