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Frequently Asked Questions - and Answers

Frequently Asked Questions - and Answers

What is the MAJPS Program?
The Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) program is a model of learning and training specifically for professionals who work for and with the Jewish community. It offers core courses in the areas of classical and contemporary Jewish knowledge that are most relevant to Jewish communal life today, combined with essential professional training from one of four concentration areas: Nonprofit Management, Jewish Education, Camping and Experiential Education, and Jewish Studies.

Where do classes take place?
Most Chicago cohorts meet at the innovative, award-winning Spertus Institute building at 610 South Michigan Avenue, between Harrison & Balbo (approximately four blocks south of the Art Institute and two blocks from the Harrison Red Line stop). Discount parking is available nearby.

Off-site cohorts take place in select cities across the US, and in Canada and Israel. 

Is Spertus Institute accredited?
Yes. Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602.

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 professional experience under their belt, although the program has been useful and important for participants with considerably more work experience as well. 

How long is the program?
Students can complete the program in two years and three months.

What are the hours and days that students attend class?
Students attend class one night per week, always on the same evening of the week, from 6–9 pm. Workshops and concentration-specific courses are scheduled in consultation with students.

Who teaches in the MAJPS program?
Our highly credentialed faculty members have extensive experience in their fields of expertise 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 working in the upper echelons of the field.

What is the class size?
The MAJPS program is run on a cohort basis, offering the opportunity for students from a range of institutional and professional backgrounds to network, learn from one another, and create a vibrant community of practice. Cohorts generally consist of 10-18 students.

How much is the tuition?
The full cost of the two-year program is $16,500. Scholarships or Fellowships are sometimes available. 

How much for textbooks, materials, and other fees?
The cost for textbooks and materials averages $200 per year. Students will also be responsible for a graduation fee.

Is there financial aid available?
Yes. Financial aid is available in the form of subsidized and unsubsidized federal loans.

If I apply now and am accepted, when would I begin?
The next Chicago cohort will begin in Fall 2015.

What if I have young professionals who work at my organization who I think might benefit from this program or something similar?
Thank you for thinking about staff members who deserve an opportunity to grow as Jewish professionals! We can provide organization-specific cohorts (as we have done for the Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago) or your staff members can apply for a cohort with students from other area organizations. The individualization portion of the curriculum (including the mentorship and applied final project) can be geared to specific needs or goals in your organization. Payment plans can be arranged for organizations paying all or part of students' tuition.

How long is each course?
Each course lasts seven weeks.

What are the academic requirements?
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale). No GMAT or GRE required.

What is the application process?
Prospective students need to: (1) Submit a completed application, (2) Submit an admissions essay of 500 words, (3) Provide official transcripts from all colleges attended, and (4) Participate in an interview with the admissions committee.

How long does the application process take?
Once the application is completed, the student should receive a reply from the MAJPS office within two to three weeks.

What about parking downtown?
$11 discounted parking is available with Spertus validation at Standard Parking at the Essex Inn on 8th Street and Michigan Avenue (2 blocks south of Spertus). Enter on 8th Street between Michigan and Wabash. Some street parking is available after 6 pm. Spertus is also easily accessible by public transportation.

How can I get more information?
Contact Director of Enrollment Stacey Flint, who will meet you to discuss your goals and share how the Spertus MAJPS program can accelerate your career or empower your staff. Reach her at or 312.322.1707.

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Apply Now

Applications now being accepted for the Fall 2015 Chicago cohort.

Midcareer Fellowships

Fellowships Available
For This Cohort 

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.
See if you qualify>

Interested in learning more?

Contact Director of Enrollment Stacey Flint, who will meet you to discuss your goals and share how the Spertus MAJPS program can accelerate your career or empower your staff. Reach her at or 312.322.1707.

Characturistics of Spertus Institute Degree Programs

  • Non-traditional programs geared toward busy, working adults
  • Emphasis on application of learning
  • Distinguished faculty
  • Program support through expert library resource assistance and academic advising

About Spertus Students & Fellows

Spertus students and fellows serve as educators, program directors, administrators, advisors, lay leaders, camp directors, executives, fundraisers, and more. The agencies where they are making a difference include:

American Technion Society
Association for Independent
    Jewish Camps
Birthright Israel / Shorashim
Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema
JCC Chicago
Jewish Federation of Canada
Jewish National Fund
JUF/Jewish Federation of
    Metropolitan Chicago
Mishkan Chicago
North Suburban Synogugue Beth El
Solomon Schechter Day School
The Shapira Foundation
Union of Reform Judaism

Downloadable Info Sheets

Curriculum and Concentrations
Cultivating Organizational Leaders