Program Structure

 

The program is designed for students to finish in either one or two years, depending on the course load they choose. (Studying beyond two years requires special permission.)

The master's degree consists of 36 credits, and offers a variety of teaching modalities, namely:

  • Two online semesters, one from October to January and the second from March to June; the courses include asynchronous distance learning, some with one to three meetings via Zoom.
  • In February, intensive courses via Zoom (four weeks); each course includes eight Zoom sessions and four asynchronous classes on the platform.
  • In July (two weeks), the intensive summer semester, in person on the campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: three academic courses, field trips, and special activities that integrate academics and a meaningful experience in Israel.

All courses, content and discussions are conducted in English. Spanish- and Portuguese-speakers are invited to join our separate M.A. program in those languages; more information is available here.

Below is the annual structure of the program:

 

 

The organizational structure of the Master's program

October

Fall Semester

 

November

December

January

February

 

Winter Intensive Sessions (2 courses, 4 weeks)

March

Spring Semester

 

April

May

June

July

 

Summer Semester in Israel (3 courses, 2 weeks)

August

Summer Break

September

 

The program includes required and elective courses. Each student can build their own schedule according to their academic and personal interests.

You can find the syllabi of current courses by clicking here.

In addition to the course requirements, participants must submit two seminar papers (essays). The combined master's program does not include a thesis, which is usually a prerequisite for admission to a doctoral program at the Hebrew University.

Students of the International M.A. enroll in one of the two tracks

 

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Track

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Track in Jewish education, from theory to practice, focus on the foundation concepts of social entrepreneurship and their application to Jewish education. In addition strategies for growing the the market and of innovation will be studied in depth.

This track offers courses on the following subjects:

* Basic and advanced social entrepreneurship

* Creative, out-of-the-box thinking

* Fundraising

* Participation in a Social Accelerator facilitated by the Hebrew University center Innovation. Students will be required to develop an MVP (minimum viable product) with the potential of establishing an educational startup.

For the detailed course list click here

Culture & Identity Track

The Culture & Identity Track offers a general overview of Jewish education, integrating two main areas of knowledge:

1. The Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology of Jewish Education.

2. The Teaching of Jewish Texts. 

Thus, providing a rich, profound, and solid foundation for Jewish educators, that will allow them to confront the central challenges facing the field today.

The track offers courses on the following subjects:

* Jewish Education & Jewish Identity

* From theory to practice: New pedagogies in Jewish Education

* The challenge of the classic and modern texts

* The age of Knowledge, technology and Jewish Education

For the detailed course list click here