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About the Jewish Professional Studies Program

About the Jewish Professional Studies Program

Spertus Institute's Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) is specifically designed to advance the professional skills and Jewish knowledge of those working for and with the Jewish community. This unique graduate program meets the needs of students and their careers through its core curriculum, concentration areas, and individualized learning components including mentoring 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
  • 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, course credit is granted in quarter hours (as opposed to semester hours).

  • Core curriculum (7 courses, 3 credits each)
  • Concentration (5 courses, 3 credits each)
  • Individualization, including mentoring, outside course work,
    and a final 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).

Next Steps

Apply Now!

Applications now being accepted for a Fall 2015 cohort in Chicago and Spring 2015 cohorts in Milwaukee and Canada. The Spring 2015 cohort in Israel is full and the application period has closed.

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.

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

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