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MA in Jewish Professional Studies-Chicago

MA in Jewish Professional Studies-Chicago

“I'm so glad I chose MAJPS for my graduate degree. The professors I've met and the things I’ve learned have already helped me advance my career. I can’t recommend this program enough to anyone who works or wants to work in the Jewish community.”— Tori Weinstein, Senior Campaign Associate, Young Leadership Division, Jewish United Fund/ Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies
Chicago-Area Cohort

Career-boosting graduate-school opportunity for young professionals working or seeking to work in the thriving Jewish nonprofit sector. Be ready to take the lead. 

Fellowships available to cover 60% of costs for qualified students.

The MAJPS is offered in small-group cohorts providing a network of fellow professionals with whom to connect, learn, and grow. 

Next cohort will begin August 17, 2020. 

Courses are taught by creative, effective faculty who understand the importance of bridging theory and practice. Designed for busy professionals, the program is delivered through seminars, online learning, a yearlong 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.



  • Weekly classes at Spertus Institute in Chicago, Monday evenings, 6-9 pm
  • In session from fall to spring for 2 years, 3 months 
  • Two 3-day intensive seminars each year, in January and June
  • No summer classes

Spertus Institute MA in Jewish Professional Studies, Gary Weinstein's class TitleLEARNING OUTCOMES

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

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.)

Spertus Institute's Center for Jewish Leadership is supported by a generous grant from the Crown Family. We are grateful for their support. 

Spertus Institute's Center for Jewish Leadership

The Spertus Approach
Spertus Institute cultivates an atmosphere of lively discourse. We often hear from students and participants that their Spertus experiences are inspiring and transformative. That is by design, and it results in meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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Contact Director of Enrollment Anita Silvert to discuss your career and educational goals.

Anita Silvert 

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Fellowships Available 
Do you work 15 or more hours per week serving the Jewish community? If so, you may be eligible for a substantial scholarship — called a Midcareer Fellowship — made possible through the support of an outside donor. Through a combination of fellowship and scholarship funds, qualified applicants are eligible for a tuition reduction of approximately 60%. See if you qualify >


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 >