The Department of Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa is excited to introduce a new international Jewish Studies MA program in Jewish history, philosophy and thought. The course offers a comprehensive combination of Judaic studies that weaves together Biblical and Talmudic Studies, Jewish History, Philosophy, and Mysticism. The course’s focus extends from the Biblical to Modern era, and is taught by experts in the fields of Biblical studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Early and Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, Early Modern and Modern Jewish History and Thought. Our parallel Hebrew-language program draws over two-hundred students annually and we are now happy to be able to offer it to students from around the world.
What you will study
The year-long program will be taught over three semesters and includes a final examination. The courses are split according to three chronological groups: the Biblical period, Antiquity (the Rabbinic period); and the Medieval to the Modern period. In order to obtain a master’s degree, the student will need to accumulate 36 credits over three consecutive semesters. The credits may be made up from any of the three groups of his/her choice and include the following fields of study:
- Biblical Studies
- Dead Sea Scrolls
- Judaism in Antiquity
- Talmud and Midrash
- Jews and Christians, from Antiquity to Early Modernity
- Medieval Jewish History
- Jewish Philosophy
- Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism
- Early Modern Cultural History
- Genizah Studies
- Accredited BA degree in the humanities, preferably Jewish Studies.
- A minimum 2.6 GPA, 76% or equivalent.
- TOEFL scores (if native language is not English or candidates have not previously studied at an institution of higher education where the language of instruction is English). A minimum of 570 (paper-based test), 230 (computer-based test) or 89 (internet-based test).
- Two letters of recommendation from relevant academic faculty members.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- Copy of valid passport & six passport-sized photos.
- Medical Forms.
Students who have not completed an undergraduate degree in Jewish Studies may be required to successfully complete some introductory courses before the first semester.
The English-language MA program is aimed at students who seek to deepen their knowledge of the Jewish tradition and its many facets, and for those who would like to gain a solid and broad foundation from which to continue with more specialized post-graduate studies in the field. Over the course of the program, students will also participate in several educational excursions, visiting some of Israel’s main historical sites.
Additionally, the program can be pursued for a semester for use as credit at students’ home universities. Those who wish may combine the program with language studies in Hebrew and Arabic.
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