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
Jaime Fox

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

Program Highlights

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.

The program also offers the opportunity to earn an additional certification in Israel Education through a partnership with the iCenter for Israel Education.

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.

Cohort Experience

Students sit and stand in a group
Photo by Barry Kafka

Graduate School is an Important Next Step

Find out more. Download the Program Overview PDF below for more details. Feel free to share this document with those who will help you make your decision.

Download Program Overview

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.

Contact Amie Barrish

Headshot of Rachel Wimberly

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 17-21 at Spertus Institute’s downtown Chicago campus.

Application Dates

  • May 1, 2024 — Preferred Admission Deadline ($50 application fee waived)
  • July 1, 2024 — Final Application Deadline


Curriculum Integrates Courses Across Two Areas

Spertus MAJPS curriculum infographic

Course topics subject to change.

Next Step

Make an appointment to talk to Amie Barrish, Assistant Director for Recruitment, and she’ll help you explore if this program is the right fit for you.


The total tuition is $23,000. Every student is eligible for fellowship and/or scholarship funds of $13,000, thus the out-of pocket tuition cost for all students is $10,000 for the entire program. (Does not include travel or housing for onsite seminars and additional fees may apply.)

Fellowship funding through the Midcareer Fellowship covers $5,750 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 $13,000 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

MA in Jewish Professional Studies students learn to:

  • 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