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About the Jewish Professional Studies Program

About the Jewish Professional Studies Program

"There’s a real camaraderie among the students and the teachers are great." — Louis Stromberg, Jewish Professional Studies student

Spertus Institute's Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) is a new model of learning designed to advance the professional skills and Jewish knowledge of working professionals.
This unique graduate program is specifically designed to meet student needs through a core curriculum, concentration areas, and individualized learning (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


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Applications now being accepted for Spring 2015 cohorts in Milwaukee, Canada, and Israel, and a Fall 2015 cohort in Chicago.

Midcareer Fellowships

Midcareer Fellowships are available to qualified students who begin the Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) program this fall! Are you currently employed in a Jewish organization (15 hours per week minimum)? You may be eligible for 45% off tuition. LEARN MORE>

Interested in learning more?

Contact Director of Enrollment Stacey Flint, who will meet you for coffee, discuss your goals, and share how the Spertus MAJPS program can benefit you and your career. She can be reached 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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