Mentoring & Coaching

At Spertus Institute, mentoring and coaching are personalized experiences integrated directly into students’ programs.

Students are individually matched with their mentor or coach based on their goals. The experience helps students identify strengths and challenges and apply what they learn to their own real-life circumstances.


Mentoring has been a cornerstone of Spertus Institute’s MA in Jewish Professional Studies program for more than a decade. The program provides students the opportunity to work with seasoned leaders who share a deep commitment to the Jewish communal field. At the program’s core are the ideals of reflection and shared exploration.

For MA in Jewish Professional Studies students, the mentoring process occurs during the second year of the program. It helps students take what they learn in the classroom and put it into practice in the field, integrating theory and application, a foundational value at Spertus.

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It was so very helpful to have someone in my field to speak with. My mentor gave great advice, helped me navigate situations at work, and was my biggest cheerleader.

​Assistant Director
Hillel at Miami University

Professional Coaching

Spertus Institute offers professional coaching as an integrated part of our Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies programs. For many students, this is their first experience working with a professional coach. With their coach, students build upon their skills, reflect on their goals, and grow their understanding of themselves as leaders.

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It is an honor to connect with Spertus students individually and be able to support them on their educational journeys. Each match is treated with thoughtfulness and care, because every student has plans and goals that are unique.

Director of Academic Administration
Spertus Institute, Chicago

Our admissions team is available to answer your questions and to help you explore if a Spertus Institute program is right for you. Contact Amie Barrish, Assistant Director for Recruitment.