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MAJS Admission Information

MAJS Admission Information

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Jewish Studies


Step 1
Complete Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MAJS) Application and submit with nonrefundable application fee of $50. A professional resume (uploaded into application) is also requested.

Step 2
Complete Admissions Essay of 500 words and upload into the application.

Criteria for Admissions Essay
The essay must be clear and concise, indicating writing ability at the graduate level.

Part I
Include information about your educational background, personal and professional goals, and who you are. Spertus is interested in the writing and presentation skills of our applicants, therefore the essay must be clear, concise, and persuasive. We are also interested in the needs and goals of our applicants, so please discuss what you hope to learn in our program as well as your plans for the future.

Part II
Identify one challenging issue in contemporary Jewish life and offer reflections on how you would address it.

Step 3
Request official, original transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended.

Submit electronic application.

Submit transcripts (and fee if paying by check) to:

Anita Silvert, Director of Enrollment Management
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
610 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

Questions? Contact ;Anita Silvert at 312.322.1707 or


Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership has a longstanding record of nondiscrimination in all educational opportunities. Spertus accepts students without regard to race, color, age, gender, marital status, religion, creed, physical disability, sexual orientation, place of national origin, military and veteran status, and any other classes protected by law.

Applications accepted year round


Credit Transfers

Students may transfer credit to Spertus Institute for appropriate courses taken at an accredited institution of higher learning. However, regardless of the number of credit hours accepted by Spertus as transfers, all students must complete a minimum of 45 quarter-hour credits (the equivalent of one year of full-time study) registered at Spertus Institute, either on campus or through distance learning.

Being Excused From Requirements

Students in the MAJS program may be excused from taking certain core courses and from fulfilling the Hebrew language requirements on the basis of previous study. The Dean determines whether course competencies have been satisfied. Students excused from courses generally do not receive transfer credit unless such courses were previously taken at the graduate level.

Students excused from taking specific courses are still required to fulfill the requirement of completing a minimum of 45 quarter-hour credits registered at Spertus. This is generally done by substituting elective courses for those from which the student has been excused.


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.