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Academics at Spertus Institute

Academics at Spertus Institute

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership offers accredited graduate-level degree and certificate programs in areas that are critical to the Jewish and wider communities — including Jewish Studies, Jewish Professional Studies, and Leadership Training.

Spertus 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.

Spertus Institute Degree Programs

The Spertus Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) degree programs is run on cohort model. Other degree programs are offered on a quarter-term system, which allows for flexible, asynchronous registration and start dates.

Certificate programs and professional training are offered throughout the year.

Spertus Institute 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 the online learning management system, Desire2Learn.

Why Spertus?

  • Welcoming nondenominational environment open to all
  • Distinguished international faculty
  • Flexible scheduling and locations
  • Outstanding curricula with opportunities to pursue individual interests
  • Extensive resources

    Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

Spertus Institute 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


Regular, adjunct, and visiting faculty are selected on the basis of academic qualifications, professional experience, and their abilities to engage, educate, and challenge our students.

Retention and Completion Rates 

For students scheduled to complete their programs during the 2013/2014 academic year (who began their studies in 2011 or 2012), Spertus had a 93% retention rate (students still enrolled one year after they began their studies) and a 78% graduation rate. In addition, some students remain in the process of completing their programs, though beyond the expected completion period.

Degree Program Guide