Program Details

The MBA School of Graduate Studies offers a MA in Jewish Communal Studies degree that requires significant study of Judaica.
Los Angeles, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Biblical Studies

Program Overview

Program Description:
The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Studies degree that requires significant study of Judaica through the analysis of important primary Jewish texts in their historical context, with a focus on management for the future leaders of Jewish organizations. Students interested in combining Jewish Studies with Management skills and working within the Jewish communal world should consider the AJU’s MAJCS program. It has been developed to enrich the Jewish knowledge of students who want to be professional leaders in the many institutions that comprise the Jewish community. Whether intending to work in federations, synagogues, schools, social service agencies, camps or JCC’s, the program will provide the technical know-how and Judaic knowledge base necessary to effectively lead and manage a successful organization. There are internship requirements as well. Each student will complete 600 hours of internships in federations and/or other Jewish organizations to learn the job skills that enable one to succeed in this exciting and challenging environment. The writing of a Master’s thesis completes the degree. The MAJCS at American Jewish University is an innovative program that will carry forward the AJU’s mission of educating the next generation of leaders for Jewish communities around the world. The requirements for entrance into the AJU MAJCS program include: Advisors Each student is assigned a faculty advisor with whom he or she must confer at registration for program approval. Students should meet with their advisors at least once during each semester. Advisors are also available by appointment throughout the academic year. Program Planning Students are expected to be familiar with credit requirements and to keep an accurate check on their progress toward completing degree requirements. Students are advised to check all courses for prerequisites and avoid choosing classes which will result in schedule conflicts. They are also responsible for ensuring that they have completed all degree requirements in the course of their studies. Residency Requirements Students may transfer up to 9 credits of graduate or upper division undergraduate courses in management, which are earned post-Bachelor’s degree in which they have received a grade of B or better, from accredited colleges and universities, with the approval of the head of the program.

Additional Program Information

AJU is Accredited through WASC.
Financial Aid:
Minimum bachelor's degree; recommended GPA of 3.0; two letters of recommendationl 4 essay questions; personal interview.. Some experience in the nonprofit sector recommended.

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