Masters Programs in Abrahamic Studies

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Abrahamic Studies

Often, students who have effectively earned a bachelor’s degree decide to work toward the attainment of a master’s degree, which is an advanced academic achievement awarded to those who successfully complete about two or three years of intensive coursework related to a particular discipline.

Just what is a Master in Abrahamic Studies? This course of study involves close review and study of Christianity, Judaism and Islam as well as the religions’ basic tenets, cultural considerations and theologies. Emphasis is often given to areas such as foreign languages, cultures within Abrahamic communities, religious beliefs and practices and how followers of these religions contribute to the communities and organizations around them.

Generally, those who obtain master’s degrees are able to earn more money than those in the field with only undergraduate Abrahamic studies degrees. They are also typically more employable than those without degrees, or those with lesser academic degrees.

Strong variation exists from one program and country to the next in terms of the cost of obtaining a Master in Abrahamic studies. Prospective students are advised to consult with the admissions office of each school they are considering applying to for tuition costs.

Graduates of Abrahamic studies programs find employment in a number of areas. Many go on to work within charitable or nonprofit organizations with religious ties. Others perform missionary work in areas all across the globe. Some graduates choose to teach Abrahamic studies or a related subject in an academic setting, such as a high school or college, while others teach the subject matter at a religious institution.

Many Abrahamic studies programs are offered online by quality schools around the globe, and the database is a great way to start connecting with schools and programs of interest. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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M.A. Program in the Bible and the Ancient Near East

Rothberg International School
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Israel Jerusalem

This two-year program is designed for students who wish to study contemporary Biblical (Hebrew scriptures) studies, providing grounding in Biblical as well as Modern Hebrew. Students specialize in one of two tracks, "The Bible: Cultural and Historical Context" and "The Bible and the Ancient Near East" [+]

Masters in Abrahamic Studies. M.A. Program in the Bible and the Ancient Near East Offered in conjunction with the Department of Bible and the Institute of Archaeology and the Ancient Near East This two-year program is designed for students who wish to study contemporary Biblical (Hebrew scriptures) studies, providing grounding in Biblical as well as Modern Hebrew. Students specialize in one of two tracks: The Bible: Cultural and Historical Context. In this specialization, students study the historical, cultural, and geographical context in which the Bible was composed, as well as its impact on later cultural and historical contexts and events. The Bible and the Ancient Near East. In addition to studying the Bible in its immediate regional context, students acquire a sound knowledge of the history and culture of the Ancient Near East, including the study of Akkadian. (Students may also choose to study other ancient languages, such as Egyptian, Ugartic, or Greek.) Courses from the M.A. program are also open to visiting graduate students on a one year or semester basis. Course of Study Track One "The Bible: Cultural and Historical Context" The M.A. program consists of 42 credits over four consecutive semesters, including required coursesin Biblical Hebrew, Akkadian, History and Culture of the Ancient Near East and Introduction to Biblical Literature, as well as elective courses and tutorials. Group tutorials are offered in Biblical Aramaic andTargum Onqalos. First-Year Studies During the first year of studies, students will be expected to take courses that fulfill the following distribution: Biblical Hebrew – Intermediate Reading Courses in Biblical Texts History and Culture of the Ancient Near East Introduction to Biblical Literature and Culture Second-Year Studies During the second year of studies (20 credit hours), students will take the following courses: Biblical Hebrew – Advanced Archaeology of the Biblical Period Exegesis (Midrash/Medieval Commentators) or The Bible in Western Culture Reading courses in Biblical Texts Track Two "The Bible and the Ancient Near East" First-Year Studies During the first year of studies (22 credit hours), students will be expected to take courses that fulfill the following distribution: Biblical Hebrew – Intermediate Akkadian Reading course in Biblical Texts History and Culture of the Ancient Near East Introduction to Biblical Literature and Culture Second-Year Studies During the second year of studies, students will take the following courses: Biblical Hebrew – Advanced Second-Year Akkadian Reading courses in Biblical Texts Archaeology of the Biblical Period Students in either track who wish to study an additional ancient language will, in consultation with their advisor, be able to reduce the above credit load. Hebrew Requirements Students will be expected to attain a sufficient command of the Hebrew language by the beginning of the second year of study (i.e., completion of level Heh) so that they may read scholarly publications and sources in Hebrew during their second year. Students will be expected to complete level Vav by the end of their second year of study. The Hebrew exemption examination (p’tor) is optional for all students and is not a requirement of the M.A. degree. Admission Requirements Qualified students with a Bachelor's degree from accredited institutions of higher education are eligible for admission to the program. Admission is competitive and is based on transcripts and letters of recommendation. Students must have: A minimum of 3.2 ("B") grade-point average or the equivalent A relevant background in Bible studies Biblical Hebrew: at least one year of Biblical Hebrew. Students lacking knowledge of Biblical Hebrew must attend the intensive elementary-level summer course offered at the RIS before commencing the program. Modern Hebrew: be elgilble to enroll in at least level Gimel Hebrew at the beginning of their first year of study. Students who have minimal or no knowledge of Hebrew (levels Aleph-Bet) must attend the Summer Ulpan. Students lacking knowledge of Biblical Hebrew must attend the intensive elementary-level Biblical Hebrew summer course offered in the language at the RIS before commencing the program. Knowledge of English: Applicants are required to submit official TOEFL, IELTS, or Amir scores. The minimum TOEFL score required is 573 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer-based test and 89 on the internet-based test. The minimum IELTS score is 7. The minimum Amir score is 220 Exempted from this requirement are applicants who have completed a full degree (a minimum of four years) taught solely in English at a recognized institution of higher education. Applicants who have completed a B.A. in English Language and Literature may request an exemption provided that they submit documentation from their university stating that the language of instruction is English. Note: Official documents or test results may be scanned and emailed to Gradmiss@savion.huji.ac.il official documents must be submitted upon arrival. Program ID: Duration: 2 Academic Years See Academic Calendar Application Open: January 1- May 15, 2017 (late applications accepted) See Apply Here Diploma Type: M.A. Degree ... [-]