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Lynnley Rothenberg (above) works for the iCenter for Israel Education. Through Spertus Institute's Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) program, she is learning to take strategic risks, work with diverse constituents, and cultivate her own leadership style. This unique graduate program meets the needs of working students through its core curriculum, concentration areas, and individualized learning components — including a two-year-long professional mentorship and an applied final project.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the MAJPS program learn to:

  • Understand the key themes in Jewish communal life today
  • Possess a grounding in classical Jewish thinking and texts
  • Understand the best practices in nonprofit management that
    most affect Jewish communal work
  • Develop skills for critical self-reflection and career planning, aided by work with an individual mentor
  • Integrate theory and practice in the professional environment
  • Learn to work constructively with diverse groups of constituents and colleagues

Course Requirements (45 quarter-hour credits)

At Spertus Institute, course credit is granted in quarter hours (as opposed to semester hours).

  • Core curriculum (8 courses, 3 credits each)
  • Concentration (4 courses, 3 credits each)
  • Individualization, including mentoring and a capstone project (9 credits)

Concentration Areas

  • Jewish Education
  • Camping and Experiential Education
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Jewish Studies

The MAJPS program also offers the opportunity to earn an additional certification as part of your integrated coursework (additional fees apply) in either Jewish Leadership (through a partnership between Spertus and Northwestern University) or Israel Education (through a partnership between Spertus and the iCenter).

The next Chicago MAJPS cohort begins this fall, with a preliminary seminar in June.

Applications being accepted now

Reduce the cost to become a better leader

Work at least 15 hours per week serving the Jewish community? If so, you are eligible for a Midcareer Fellowship that reduces the cost of the MAJPS program by 70%! Fellowships are available to students who enroll by June 15, 2016.

With the generous support of an outside donor, Spertus Institute for Jewish learning and Leadership is able to provide significant scholarships through the Midcareer Fellowship Program to qualified students. Fellows receive a tuition reduction of 70% bring the cost of the entire cost of the program to just under $5,000.

See if you qualify for a fellowship>

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 and share how the Spertus MAJPS program can accelerate your career or empower your staff. Reach her at or 312.322.1707.

Next Steps

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Midcareer Fellowships

Fellowships Available 

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>

Characteristics 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

Mazel Tov

Spertus MA in Jewish Professional Studies alumni who have recently taken on important new roles.

David KatzMAJPS Pittsburgh Class of 2013, to Executive Director of Hillel 818.

Aaron Weil, MAJPS Pittsburgh Class of 2013, to Executive Director of Central Hillel Florida.

Tara Engelberg (Seymour)MAJPS Class of 2015, to Marketing Manager at the Boulder JCC.

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

Downloadable Info Sheets

Curriculum and Concentrations