Admission Requirements

Master of Rabbinic Studies and Jewish Studies Degrees

Those applying for a Jewish Studies Degree or Rabbinic Degree must fulfill the following requirements for admission:

  • Completion and submission of the online application to the Registrar’s office, including the $50.00 application fee.
  • Graduation from a four-year college with accreditation recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Submission of two written educational recommendations attesting to academic ability and one recommendation by a rabbi or spiritual leader attesting to the applicant’s character (Rabbinic Degree) or one recommendation attesting to the applicant’s leadership qualities and/or dedication to study of Scripture and tradition (Jewish Studies Degree).

Language Requirement

A Hebrew proficiency exam is required for all new MJTI matriculated students, as well as some Certificate Track students. Proficiency is understood as a functional grasp of the contents of a standard seminary-level introductory biblical Hebrew grammar such as Seow, Lambdin, Kelley, or Kittel. Master of Rabbinic Studies students are required to demonstrate Hebrew proficiency in order to graduate. Students in this degree program who do not demonstrate proficiency in biblical Hebrew will be required to take the MJTI one-year Grammar of Biblical Hebrew Level 1 Series (BH501-503) before they begin their second year of study in MJTI. Master of Jewish Studies degree students who do not demonstrate proficiency in biblical Hebrew are highly recommend to take the MJTI one-year Grammar of Biblical Hebrew Level 1 Series (BH501-503) as Hebrew proficiency is required for all courses relating to Rabbinic Literature, including two core courses, R501 Introduction to Rabbinic Judaism 1 and R502 introduction to Rabbinic Judaism 2. A $50 fee will be accessed for the Hebrew proficiency exam.

For more information about fulfilling the Hebrew language prerequisite, contact us.

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Student-At-Large

Those students with a bachelor’s degree wishing to take a course at MJTI without enrolling in a full program may apply for admission to the Jewish Studies Program as a Student-at-Large.  Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Completion and submission of the online application to the Registrar’s office, the $50.00 application fee.
  • Graduation from a four-year college with accreditation recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Submission of a written educational recommendation attesting to academic ability.

Note: Students-at-Large will be permitted to take a maximum of six courses in the Jewish Studies Program.

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Student-at-Large Recommendation

Special Status Student-At-Large

Under certain circumstances, MJTI will admit individuals who do not meet the above requirements to enroll in individual courses as Special Status Students-at-Large. Such students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Completion and submission of the online application to the Registrar’s office, along with the $50.00 application fee.
  • Submission of a transcript showing the completion of at least 60 undergraduate credits.
  • Submission of two written educational recommendations attesting to academic ability.
  • Submission of two academic papers they have written that demonstrate their ability to benefit from and contribute to SJS courses.
  • Special Status Students-at-Large are permitted to take a maximum of three 500-level courses in the Master of Jewish Studies Program.

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Student-at-Large Recommendation

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