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Academics at Spertus Institute

Academics at Spertus Institute

Spertus Institute offers accredited graduate-level degree programs in areas that are critical to the Jewish and wider communities — including Jewish studies, leadership training, and nonprofit management. The Institute cultivates an atmosphere of lively discourse. We often hear from students and participants that their experiences at Spertus are inspiring and even transformative. That is by design, because the Institute pursues best practice in everything it does. This results in meaningful, important opportunities for personal and professional growth for constituents and communities.

Modes of Delivery

Spertus courses are offered on-campus on a weekly basis or during intensive seminars. Courses are also offered through distance learning — online and videotape — as well as through independent study. Some courses are offered offsite, as part of specific cohort schedules. The Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) and Master of Science in Nonprofit Management (MSNM) degree programs are run on cohort models. All other programs are offered on a quarter-term system, which allows for flexible, asynchronous registration and start dates. As a result, course credit is granted in quarter hours (as opposed to semester hours).

Spertus provides a range of student services, academic advising, and financial aid services (including student loan processing and scholarship assistance for those who qualify). Students have access to the rich collection of the Asher Library. Some programs are supported by Spertus’ online learning management system, Desire2Learn.

Characteristics of Spertus Degree Programs

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


Spertus is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation


Spertus utilizes a combination of regular, adjunct, and visiting faculty in its degree programs. All Spertus faculty are chosen on the basis of three criteria: academic and professional competence and experience, teaching ability, and appropriateness to specific degree program goals, curricula, and student constituency.

Degree Program Guide

Click below to view an online version of the Spertus Degree Program guide.