Jewish Studies At Spertus Institute

The Next Step on Your Jewish Journey: Spertus Institute’s Graduate Programs in Jewish Studies

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 programs are high impact, self-paced, and engaging, with opportunities for students to pursue individual interests. They make serious study available for students of all backgrounds.

Taught by skilled and distinguished faculty, Spertus Institute’s graduate programs in Jewish Studies are offered in a flexible, part-time format. Courses meet during seminars at our downtown Chicago campus and online.

About the program, Jewish Studies faculty member Dr. David N. Gottlieb, says: “The Spertus Jewish Studies experience is both passionate and practical. Our students love to learn, and they love being able to apply what they learn to a wide array of personal, communal, and professional opportunities. These degrees open doors.”

Rabbi Mike Harvey headshot

The Master of Arts in Jewish Studies program has provided me all the tools I need to make the world better.

Spertus Institute Trustee and
Former Director, Civic Engagement, Microsoft
New Buffalo, MI

Watch the short video below to hear what our students have to say.

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.

Rabbi Mike Harvey headshot

Classes were fantastic and fueled my work. Spertus provides an opportunity you’re not going to find in too many other places. It’s an investment in yourself as a learner.

Sinai Synagogue
South Bend, IN

About Spertus Jewish Studies Students

Our students come from across North America and around the globe. They pursue Jewish Studies for a range of personal and professional reasons aligned with their own interests and individual journeys. Some pursue their education for work they do in Jewish or interfaith communities. Others pursue learning for its own sake.

Our programs are high-impact and self-paced, so they draw students who are motivated and engaged. Are you ready to join them?

Headshot of Brittany Hager McNeely

I am taking this opportunity to deepen my learning and explore Jewish texts in a more formal way.

Academic Administrator, Yeshiva University
MA in Jewish Studies

Take Your Next Step

Apply now to be to join faculty and fellow students for Spertus Institute’s next Jewish Studies seminar. 

We are available to answer your questions and help you explore if a Spertus Institute program is right for you. Contact Amie Barrish, Assistant Director for Recruitment, to arrange a time to talk.

Top image: Neolog Synagogue Zion in Romania.