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Executive MAJPS

Executive MAJPS

Learn. Lead. Inspire. Accelerated executive graduate program. Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies.

This unique program is for Jewish communal executives with 12+ years professional/managerial experience. Participants from across North America learn to leverage opportunity, inspire excellence in staff and trustees, and lead through times of change.

Cohort System

You learn along with a team of fellow Jewish organizational execs from across North America. Graduates rate the lasting guidance, support, and insights of their cohort among the most valuable aspects of the program.

Top Tier Faculty

Professors are real-world practitioners who impart leadership solutions drawn from their extensive nonprofit, foundation, and corporate experience. They include some of the leading voices in Jewish communal life today.

Customized for Your Needs

Program components — including leadership assessment, executive coaching, and an individual capstone project—ensure that your Spertus Institute experience meets your specific personal and professional goals.

Accelerated Program

The Spertus Executive MAJPS program can be completed in approximately one year because your professional experience counts toward one year of graduate credit.

Scholarship Support

For a limited time, tuition is only $7,500, because generous fellowships cover approximately 60% of the total cost for professionals working full-time in the Jewish community.

2020-2021 cohort begins August 30, 2020.

Taught in a welcoming, pluralistic environment

Spertus is located in the heart of Chicago's downtown loop neighborhood

  • Instruction takes place during six 3-day seminars at our downtown Chicago campus
  • Material has immediate application
  • Complete your degree in approximately one year
  • Program overview >

EMAJPS Fits Your Schedule

I've grown as a person, a professional, and a contributor to my community -Steven Greenwood, Director of Development, CJPAC

Designed for busy professionals, the seminar format allows you to balance participation with your personal and professional responsibilities.

Steven Greenwood, EMAJPS 2019, shares how the program fit his needs.

Tentative 2020-2021 Cohort 5 Academic Calendar

Jewish Studies for the Communal Professional
August 30-September 1, 2020 Seminar, Online

This American Jewish Life
January 10-12, 2021 Seminar, Online

The Role of Israel in Jewish Life
April 18-20, 2021 Seminar

Working with Constituents
June 6-8, 2021 Seminar

Leading People Through Change
October 17-19, 2021 Seminar

Becoming an Effective Jewish Leader
January 9-11, 2022 Seminar


Dr. Dean P. Bell
Spertus Institute President, CEO,
and Professor of Jewish History

Dr. Barry Chazan
Professor of Jewish Education and
Founding Director, Spertus Institute MAJPS

Dr. Keren E. Fraiman
Spertus Institute Dean and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Hal M. Lewis
Spertus Institute Chancellor and
Professor of Jewish Leadership

Dr. Russ Rogers
Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, School for New Learning, DePaul University

Previous Executive Coaches

  • Laura Kaufman, CEO
    Partners in Effective Philanthropy 
  • Sharon Krohn, Master Certified Coach (MCC) and Principal
    Sharon Krohn Consulting
  • Russ Rogers, Director of Graduate Programs
    New School for Learning, DePaul University 
  • Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Publisher
    Jewish Week
  • Jeffrey Solomon, Past President
    Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies
  • Gary Weinstein, Former CEO
    Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
  • Amy Wishnick, Principal
    Wishnick and Associates 
  • Caren Yanis, Consultant and Past President, Crown Family Philanthropies, Former Executive Director, Oprah Winfrey Foundations

Learning Outcomes

Students in the MAJPS program learn to:

  • Understand key themes in Jewish communal life historically and today
  • Possess a grounding in classical Jewish thinking and texts
  • Understand the best practices in nonprofit management including how they affect Jewish communal work
  • Develop skills for critical self-reflection and career planning, aided by work with an executive coach
  • Integrate theory and practice in the professional environment
  • Learn to work constructively with diverse groups of constituents and colleagues

Spertus Institute’s Center for Jewish Leadership is supported by a generous grant from the Crown Family. We are grateful for their support.

Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604.