Jewish Theological Seminary
Offerings at JTS
For over 120 years, the world-renowned faculty at the Jewish Theological Seminary has provided a first-rate Jewish education for talented, dedicated individuals. The Library houses the most complete collection of Judaica in the Western Hemisphere with more than 340,000 volumes on open shelves. JTS is located in the heart of New York City and offers unparalleled opportunities for intellectual, spiritual, and cultural growth that take full advantage of the city's offerings. JTS offers generous merit and financial aid to matriculated students. Most important of all, JTS makes the dream of living and learning in a vibrant, caring, and thoughtful Jewish community a reality that its students cherish.
A home of Conservative/Masorti Judaism, JTS grants undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees through its five schools and offers programs of enrichment for the Jewish community in the U.S., Canada, Israel and around the world.
List College provides undergraduates with a Jewish studies education of the highest quality, creating an environment in which a Jewish lifestyle is supported and a mature exploration of Judaism is encouraged.
List College grants the degree of bachelor of arts and offers a full spectrum of courses in Bible, Hebrew language, Jewish history, Jewish literature, Jewish philosophy, Talmud, and Rabbinics. Texts are studied in the original languages. Through the Joint Program with Columbia University's School of General Studies or the Double-Degree Program with Barnard College, students also receive a superior liberal arts education and participate in the full spectrum of college life. While some graduates of the programs choose to go on to careers in the Jewish community, many students pursue a wide variety of other professions.
Becoming a Jewish educator is a sacred calling. The Davidson School seeks to enhance that calling through a rigorous program in Judaic studies, Hebraic studies, and education, and through personal attention to your religious and professional growth. You will join fellow students and faculty who have very diverse backgrounds and experiences. These wonderful people will develop into your future colleagues and friends.
In the words of Abraham Joshua Heschel, only one who is an heir is qualified to be a pioneer. The Davidson school weaves together academic study and career preparation, so that by fulfilling the many roles of the Jewish educator—teacher, leader, lifelong learner, religious personality, and researcher—you can be a worthy heir to your Jewish heritage. The faculty help you grow to be a pioneer: a contributing innovator in transforming people and institutions, nurturing your own students and educational settings, and cultivating loving and capable people who serve God and humanity in all aspects of their lives.
The Graduate School offers programs leading to the degrees of MA, MPhil, DHL, and PhD in Judaic Studies. It is the largest academic program of advanced Judaic studies in North America.
Whatever your interests, The Graduate School of The Jewish Theological Seminary has a degree program to serve you. Every one of the fifteen departments and programs is staffed by leading experts, and you will study with highly motivated fellow students.
The MA program of The Graduate School is designed to provide advanced academic training in ancient Judaism, Bible and ancient Semitic languages, interdepartmental studies, Jewish art and visual culture, Jewish history, Jewish literature, Jewish philosophy, Jewish women's studies, Liturgy, medieval Jewish studies, Midrash, modern Jewish studies, and Talmud and rabbinics. It also conducts two Dual-Degree Programs, one with the Columbia University School of Social Work and one with the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs for students pursuing careers in Jewish professional leadership.
The program leading to the doctor of Hebrew literature degree in The Graduate School is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced academic work in a field of Jewish studies but do not wish to pursue an academic career. The degree is intended to certify that the recipient is qualified to teach his/her field on an undergraduate level and in non-university settings. This program may be pursued on a part-time basis.
Programs leading to the degree of doctor of Hebrew literature are available in ancient Judaism, Bible and ancient Semitic languages, Jewish history, Jewish literature, Jewish philosophy, liturgy, medieval Jewish studies, Midrash, modern Jewish studies, and Talmud and rabbinics.
The program leading to the PhD in The Graduate School provides advanced academic training in broad areas of Judaic scholarship with intensive specialization in one area in preparation for an academic career. The degree certifies that the recipient is qualified to teach a wide range of Judaica on the undergraduate level and to train graduate students in his/her field of specialization. It also requires the knowledge of foreign languages and may require course work at other institutions participating in a consortium with The Graduate School. It is a full-time program. Students working toward the PhD may specialize in ancient Judaism, Bible and ancient Semitic languages, Jewish history, Jewish literature, Jewish philosophy, liturgy, medieval Jewish studies, Midrash, modern Jewish studies, and Talmud and rabbinics.
H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music are two schools devoted to Jewish musical studies. They train selected advanced students as hazzanim (cantors) for congregational service or as teachers of Jewish music, choral directors, composers, or research scholars. The H. L. Miller Cantorial School awards the diploma of hazzan, and the College of Jewish Music awards the master's degree in sacred music.
Students preparing for the cantorate are enrolled in both schools and are expected to complete the diploma program and the master of sacred music degree simultaneously, on a full-time basis, preferably within a five-year period. Students may also earn the MA in Jewish Education from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education or an MA degree from The Graduate School while pursuing their cantorial studies.
Opportunities for a spiritually rewarding life are myriad. Positions for graduate cantors are available all over North America. As members of the clergy, cantors lead the community in prayer, teach the texts of the liturgy, and share pastoral duties with the rabbi. They are the authorities on Jewish music for both the Jewish community and the community at large.
The Rabbinical School offers a five-year program of study, personal growth, and spiritual development that leads to rabbinic ordination and a career of service to the Jewish community. Our graduates work in a host of fields, including congregational life, hospital or military chaplaincy, campus and Hillel leadership, education, camping, scholarship, and Jewish communal service.
All programs are open to qualified students, irrespective of age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin.
Thank you for your interest in joining us. We are confident that JTS will not only meet your needs but exceed your expectations.
Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies
Admissions Director: Reina Cohen
Phone: (212) 678-8832
Fax: (212) 280-6022
William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education
Admissions Director: Leora Skolnik
Phone: (212) 678-8866
Fax: (212) 749-9085
The Graduate School
Admissions Director: Alayne Birnhak
Phone: (212) 678-8022
Fax: (212) 280-6022
H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music
Admissions Director: Hazzan Henry Rosenblum, Dean
Admissions Coordinator: Sheryl Goldwasser
Phone: (212) 678-8037
Fax: (212) 662-8989
The Rabbinical School
Admissions Director: Rabbi Charles E. Savenor, Associate Dean
Phone: (212) 678-8807
Fax: (212) 678-8947