Frequently Asked Questions

About the program

What degree does the program grant?

An M.A. in Education, specializing in Jewish Education, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Can you study the whole program from abroad?

The program comprises two regular semesters and an intensive summer semester.  The regular semesters are held through distance learning from abroad and the summer semester (4 weeks) takes place in Israel during the month of July.

What is the study format of the program?

The method of study for this degree is based on self-study, guided study and on group work within a supportive framework of the tutor and fellow learners. Studies take place on a Hebrew University website designated for distance learning.  Each week the lessons are uploaded to the website and students are required to view the lessons, read the relevant bibliography, participate in discussions and submit assignments.

What is the structure of the study program?

The program takes place over three or five semesters:

Spring Semester:         Three / five courses, 12-6 credits (online).

Summer Semester:      four courses, 10 credits (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

Fall Semester:             Three / four courses, 10-12 credits (online).

Total: 36 credits. 

What is the language of instruction?

All the courses are conducted  in English.

Is it mandatory to study all the courses in one year?

The program is designed so students can choose to study for one or two years based on the study-load they choose. Students studying beyond two years will need special permission for this. 

Course of Study

How much time do I need to invest in an online course?

According to the ECTS – European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System – online courses (4 credits) require 120 student study hours per semester. 

We calculate on average 4-6 study hours per week for each course. This includes reading, assignments, participation, etc., over a period of 14 weeks.

Final paper preparation: 40-50 hours for each course.

What is the structure of the 2019-2020 academic year?

  • Fall  Semester:             October 2019 /  February 2020
  • Spring Semester:          March 2020 /  June 2020
  • Summer Semester:      6.7.2020 / 30.7.2020 - (4 weeks) - in Jerusalem

Course assesment

The online courses have an evaluation system that includes an active presence and participation in the week forum, class assignments and a final paper. Throughout the courses, progress meetings will be held with program staff and during the summer semester review meetings will be held with the lecturers.

Candidacy Application and Admission to the Program

In order to register do I need to meet all the prerequisites for acceptance?

Yes.  Registration for an M.A. is conditional upon candidacy submission and meeting all the admission requirements.

To start the eligibility check, please fill in the form found here and send us a scan of your academic transcripts and CV/resume. These will be reviewed to see whether you meet the admission criteria set for the program. This step allows us to save future inconvenience regarding incomplete documents and give your application priority during the enrollment process. You can complete this stage at any time and is free of charge.

What are the prerequisites for admission to a graduate program?

  1. Official academic records and BA certificate from an institution recognized by the Hebrew University, with a grade point average of at least 80 or its equivalent. 
  2. Statement Of Purpose.
  3. Letter of recommendation
  4. Students whose mother tongue is not English are required to submit proof of a high level of English.  
  • English Language exemption certificate from academic institution which teaches in English.
  • TOEFL certificate (80 points or higher)
  • IELTS certificate (6 points or higher).

Can we consult with someone before registration?                    


You can contact:

Marcelo I. Dorfsman Ph.D.
The Melton Centre for Jewish Education
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, ISRAEL 91905
Phone: +972-2-5881238 
Fax: +972-2-532-2211

Lirom Global Education - Study in Israel 
Tel: +972-9-766-6222 | from North America: 718-838-3533
Mobile: +972-54-461-0062

What are the application deadlines?

On the Overseas Student application website, the application for the Spring semester, March 2020 class, opens on December 1, 2019 and closes February 28, 2020. Classes starts at March 15, 2020. The application for Academic Year 2020-2021 starts on January 15th, 2020 and ends September 15th, 2020. Fall Semester starts at October 2020.

We invite applicants to start their eligibility checks and early enrollment prior to applying through the application website.

Early Enrollment now available

Does candidacy application entail payment?

Yes.  Submitting an application through the Overseas Student website does entail a credit card payment of $110 USD.  You can start the eligibility check and early enrollment process throughout the year through the Melton Centre website. 

To receive priority in the student selection process, please start by filling in the online early enrollment form found here.

 I am ready to apply, where do I start?

Stage 1: Eligibility Check and Early Enrollment: - see above

Stage 2: Student account on the Overseas Student Application website
After you've been notified that you passed stage 1, please proceed to create your student account on the Overseas Student application website:

Please read through detailed instructions on the overseas students application website.

The code for the program is '245 - Melton Blended program in Jewish Education'.

Remember to click submit at the end of the form, as we do not see the form until this stage.

Checklist of the files to prepare before you start filling the form

  • CV/Resume
  • Your undergraduate diploma and other diplomas you may have
  • Academic transcripts (with the grading scale page) (scans of unofficial copies are accepted)
  • A passport-sized photo for student ID
  • Recommendation letters - The system will provide a separate email address which your referees can send the letters.
  • Scan of your passport photo page as proof of identity.
  • Statement of Purpose letter addressed to Dr. Dorfsman at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education
  • Credit card number to pay the $110 application fee.

I have submitted the application, now what?

In the early enrollment and eligiblity check stage, your documents and transcripts are reviewed to assure you meet the academic requirements for admissions. We will notify you if anything is outstanding, or additional information in missing. After this stage, you will be invited to create a student account on the Overseas Student Application website.

After submitting the application through the website, you must wait for an answer from the Admissions Committee.  The committee will discuss each request, and if necessary, will invite the candidate for an interview (face-to-face or online) or will request supplementary information.  The Admissions Committee may reach one of the following decisions:

  1. Accept the candidate as a graduate student.
  2. Accept the candidate as a graduate student with a request for supplementary studies. and / or a Language certificate.
  3. Reject the candidate.


I received an acceptance letter, now what?

First please confirm you received the acceptance letter by replying to the notification of acceptance letter.

You will receive further instructions on how to proceed with tuition payment and how to log into the distance learning system.

The acceptance decision is valid for two years from date of notification of acceptance.  Students who do not start the graduate studies within this period of time will have to resubmit their candidacy.


Recognition of previous studies and supplementary studies for the degree

I studied graduate courses in another institute.  Are they recognized by the Hebrew University?

The Academic Committee of the Melton Centre will consider whether to recognize relevant courses studied in another institute.  The maximum amount to be recognized and the factors taken into consideration to grant such recognition – differ from program to program.

When can I apply for recognition of previous studies?

Upon submission of candidacy or after acceptance to the graduate program.

Supplementary studies

If your first degree is not in Education and/or Jewish Studies, you will be required to take supplementary courses.

Who do I contact?

Dr. Marcelo I. Dorfsman