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Distance Learning

Distance Learning

Jewish Studies

Distance Learning is currently available for students enrolled in the Spertus Institute Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MAJS), Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies (DSJS), and Doctor of Hebrew Letters (DHL) programs.

The academic standards and requirements for courses taken through Distance Learning are identical to those for courses taken at Spertus Institute's Chicago campus, only the methods of course delivery are different. Students who opt to take their degree primarily through Distance Learning have complete flexibility as to when they wish to "attend" classes, according to their individual schedules.

Benefits of Spertus Institute Distance Learning

  • Convenience and flexibility 
  • Extensive resources for students with little geographical access to graduate-level Jewish Studies
  • Multi-faceted program delivery, including online courses, courses by video conferencing, summer seminars in Chicago, independent study, and directed reading courses

Online Course Offerings

The following courses are now available for admitted Spertus Institute Jewish Studies masters and doctoral degree students — as well as non-degree students who meet pre-requisite requirements and wish to enroll in courses for credit.


  • The Bible and the Ancient Near East
  • The World of the Rabbis
  • Medieval Jewish Experiences
  • Early Modern Jewish Experiences
  • Modern Jewish Experiences
  • Contemporary Jewish Experiences
  • Gender and Judaism
  • History of Antisemitism: Antiquity to Late Eighteenth Century
  • History of Antisemistism: Dawn of the Enlightenment to the Present
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew III

Courses can be started at any time after a student is admitted.

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Why Spertus Institute?

  • Welcoming nondenominational environment open to all
  • Distinguished international faculty
  • Flexible scheduling and locations, distance learning available
  • Opportunities to pursue individual interests
  • Extensive resources


Contact Director of Enrollment Management Anita Silvert at or 312.322.1707 to discuss program content and format, and to learn about how curricula can be designed to meet your needs.


Before registering for Distance Learning courses, students must be admitted to one of Spertus Institute's Jewish Studies graduate programs — or be accepted as non-degree student who meets pre-requisite requirements and wishes to enroll in courses for credit.


Reasonable tuition rates encourage participation by students in a range of disciplines from around the world. In fact, Spertus Jewish Studies students hail from 26 US states and 6 foreign countries.

  • Masters level tuition
    $350 per quarter-hour credit
    ($1050 per 3qh course)

  • Doctoral level tuition 
    $400 per quarter-hour credit
    ($1200 per 3qh course)

Students must be admitted before registering for courses. A registration fee of $25 is added at the time of payment.


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.