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MAJPS Chicago

MAJPS 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.

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

Do you work for a Jewish organization? Want to work in the Jewish community? Have staff members you would like to see advance? This program is for you. 

The MAJPS is offered in small-group cohorts (between 12-18 students) providing a network of fellow professionals with whom to connect, learn, and grow.

The next Chicago-area cohort begins August 19, 2019. 
Fellowship application deadline is May 31, 2019.

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.


  • 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


  • Fellowship deadline May 31, 2019
  • Program begins August 19, 2019


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


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.)

Find out more

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

Anita Silvert 

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Midcareer Fellowships

Fellowships Available 
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, qualified applicants are eligible for a tuition reduction of approximately 60%. See if you qualify >


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