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MAJPS Admission

MAJPS Admission


Step 1
Complete Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) Application and submit with nonrefundable application fee of $50. A professional resume (uploaded into application) is also requested.

Step 2
Complete Admissions Essay of 500 words, double-spaced.

Criteria for Admissions Essay
The essay must be clear and concise, indicating writing ability at the graduate level. 

Part I
Include information about your educational background, work experience, personal and professional goals, and who you are. 

Part II
Identify one challenging issue in contemporary Jewish life and offer reflections on how you would address it.

Upload into application.

Step 3
Send official, original transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. 

Submit application and resume electronically.

Submit transcripts (and fee if paying by check) to:

Anita Silvert
Director of Enrollment Management
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
610 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605-1901

Step 4 — For Applicants Applying for a Fellowship

Complete and submit the online
Midcareer Fellowship Application>

Have recommendation letter sent under separate 
cover as instructed on the Fellowship Application. 

Questions? Contact Anita Silvert at 312.322.1707 or

Spertus Institute has a longstanding record of non-discrimination in all educational opportunities. Spertus accepts students without regard to race, color, age, gender, marital status, religion, creed, physical disability, sexual orientation, place of national origin, military or veteran status, and any other classes protected by law.

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Midcareer Fellowships

Fellowships Available 

This fall, with the generous support of an outside donor, Spertus Institute is able to offer substantial scholarships — called Midcareer Fellowships — to incoming MAJPS students who meet specific criteria, including employment with a Jewish agency or organization.
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Interested in learning more?

Contact Director of Enrollment Management for The Center for Jewish Leadership Anita Silvert, who will meet you to discuss your goals. Reach her at or 312.322.1707.

What accounts for MAJPS success?

  • Non-traditional program geared toward busy, working adults
  • Emphasis on learning that is relevant to student's careers
  • Distinguished faculty
  • Professional mentoring as a component of the program
  • Can be completed in just over two years