Master of Arts in
Jewish Professional Studies
Earn your graduate degree
(without leaving your job).
Add leadership skills
to your existing expertise.
Move forward in your career
serving the community you love.
View the video above to hear what Spertus students have to say.
An accredited Master’s degree program for professionals serving the Jewish world. Because Jewish communities need creative professionals who are ready to lead.
- Taught in a welcoming, pluralistic environment
- Relevant right now, with course content you can immediately put into practice
- No need to move or quit your job
- Designed to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals, courses are offered via online evening courses and five-day seminars in Chicago
- Priced to be affordable for those working in the nonprofit sector, with significant scholarship funding available for all qualified applicants
If you want to work in the Jewish communal world, this is a step-by-step handbook.
Senior Manager of Young Adult & Women’s Philanthropy
Jewish Federation of San Diego County
Be Matched With a Mentor
Work with a professional mentor as an integrated part of the program.
Learn From Real-World Leaders
Courses are taught by passionate, effective faculty who bridge theory and practice.
Earn Your Degree in 30 Months
75% of graduates secure a promotion or higher-level job within one year.
You’ll study with a network-building cohort of like-minded professionals from across North America.
Spertus students frequently cite the cohort experience as one of the most rewarding parts of the program.
Photo by Barry Kafka
Graduate School is an Important Next Step
Is this program right for you? Click the button below to make an appointment to talk to Amie Barrish, Assistant Director for Recruitment, and she’ll help you explore if this program is right for you.
For me, the immediate applicability was the best part.
Senior Social Services Director
Shalom Austin, Austin, TX
Apply now for North American Cohort 6
Cohort NA6 begins in November 2024 with an onsite seminar November 10-14 at Spertus Institute’s downtown Chicago campus.
- May 1, 2024 — Preferred Admission Deadline ($50 application fee waived)
- July 1, 2024 — Final Application Deadline
Curriculum Integrates Courses Across Two Areas
Course topics subject to change.
Fellowship funding through the Midcareer Fellowship covers $5,250 per eligible student. These funds are made possible by a generous outside foundation. The Midcareer Fellowship is supplemented by Spertus Scholarship funds of $7,250 per student. These funds are made possible by Spertus donors. For students who are not eligible for a Midcareer Fellowship, Spertus Scholarships will cover the full $9,500 Fellowship/Scholarship tuition reduction. For details, see Scholarships & Fellowships >
Professionals working for Jewish organizations in the Chicago area may be eligible for additional scholarship funds.
MAJPS Learning Outcomes
- Understand the key themes in Jewish communal life today
- Possess a grounding in classical Jewish thought and texts in these areas
- Understand the best practices in non-profit management that most affect Jewish communal work
- Develop skills for critical self-reflection and career planning
- Integrate theory and practice in the professional environment
- Learn to work constructively with a diverse group of constituents and colleagues