MA in Jewish Professional Studies FAQs


1. What is the MAJPS Program?

The Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) program is a 30-month long, fully accredited model of learning and skill development specifically for professionals who work for and with the Jewish community across North America. The integrated curriculum of courses focusing on both Jewish life and leadership as well as nonprofit management is designed to be immediately applicable to Jewish nonprofit professionals’ roles. The program also includes a yearlong mentorship component.

2. How are classes offered?

Classes are offered via both 5-day long intensive seminars at our award-winning Chicago campus and online weekly classes, generally held in the evenings. The weekly classes last for 8 weeks. There are typically four intensive seminars scheduled throughout the 30 months of the program.

3. What type of student is enrolled in the MAJPS program at Spertus Institute?

Students are professionals from a broad range of agencies and organizations that serve the Jewish community, as well as individuals currently working in other areas but looking to switch careers. Most students begin the program with 3–5 years of professional experience under their belt. Prospective students with 12 years’ experience including several years in a leadership or management position may be eligible for the accelerated Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies program. Students hail from a diverse range of communities across North America.

4. How large is each cohort?

Cohort size is typically 15-20 students.

Learn about the cohort experience >

5. What is the schedule?

See schedule for the upcoming cohort >

6. Who teaches in the MAJPS program?

Our highly credentialed faculty members have extensive experience in their fields and many have taught in this innovative program since its start in 2008. The Spertus MAJPS program also has a strong mentoring component that fosters professional development and the integration of coursework and professional work. MAJPS mentors are experienced Jewish communal professionals and consultants working in the upper echelons of their fields. Learn more about Spertus faculty >

7. How much is the tuition? Are there scholarships available?

The full cost of the program is $23,000. All students are eligible for funding from the Midcareer Fellowship and/or Spertus Scholarship, which total nearly 60 percent of the tuition total. Some students may be eligible for additional funding through a scholarship or professional development fund through their employer or another community organization. Learn about available scholarships & fellowships >

8. What is the application process?

Prospective students need to (1) Submit a completed application and pay the application fee, (2) Submit an admissions essay of no longer than 500 words, (3) Submit a resume, (4) Provide official transcripts from all colleges attended and (5) Complete the Midcareer Fellowship OR Spertus Scholarship application, including the required reference letter. Qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an interview via zoom with a senior faculty member. (We will waive the $50 application fee for prospective students who submit an application by the Preferred Admissions deadline.) See details >

9. How can I get more information?

Contact Amie Barrish, Assistant Director for Recruitment, at or 312.322.1707, to schedule a time to discuss your goals and the MAJPS program in more detail.