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DSJS Admission Information

DSJS Admission Information

Jewish Studies


Applicants must have a master’s degree in Jewish Studies (or the equivalent) and the equivalent of at least two years of college-level Hebrew language to be considered for admission to the Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies program. Because of the nature of the program, it is advisable that applicants speak with Spertus Institute Dean and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Keren E. Fraiman before completing their application. To arrange a time to do so, please contact Assistant Director for Recruitment Amie Barrish at or 312.322.1707.


Step 1
Complete Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies (DSJS) Application and submit with nonrefundable application fee of $75. A professional resume (uploaded into application) is also requested.

Step 2
Complete Admissions Essay (no word limit) 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 transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended.

Submit electronic application.

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

Amie Barrish
Assistant Director for Recruitment
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
610 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605-1901

Questions? Contact Amie Barrish at 312.322.1707 or


Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership has a longstanding record of non-discrimination 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



At Spertus Institute, we embrace the idea that the wisdom of Jewish thought and the richness of Jewish experiences inform Jewish society and Judaism today. Our programs encourage intellectual and spiritual reflection. Students grapple with Jewish ideas in the service of their personal, professional, and communal advancement


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 36 quarter-hour credits (the equivalent of one year of full-time study) registered at Spertus Institute (on campus or through distance learning).