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Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies

Location

Location

  • Department of Jewish Studies
  • 855 Sherbrooke West, Leacock Building, 7th floor
  • Montreal QC H3A 2T7
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-2844
  • Website: mcgill.ca/jewishstudies

About Jewish Studies

About Jewish Studies

The Department of Jewish Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Judaica. It welcomes students interested in deepening their knowledge of Jewish history and Jewish texts. Students have the choice of a thesis or non-thesis M.A. in Jewish Studies and may choose to complete the thesis M.A. with a stream in the History of the Jewish Interpretation of the Bible. An ad hoc Ph.D. is also available. We have particular research and teaching strengths in the following areas: Hebrew Bible and its interpretation; rabbinics and codes; medieval and modern Jewish thought; Eastern European Jewish history; Jewish literature (Hebrew, Yiddish, English); and contemporary North American Jewish life. These areas are broadly construed to accommodate the range of research interests in the Department. Students develop close relationships with their supervisors and benefit from the diverse expertise available in our Department and in the University at large.

While the thesis option is designed for students undertaking advanced research in one of the areas above, the non-thesis option offers a generalist degree in Jewish studies.

Master of Arts (M.A.) Jewish Studies (Thesis) (45 credits)

This program is aimed at students who have acquired a rich background in Jewish studies through their B.A. and who are now ready to focus their study on one period and/or discipline within the broad field of Jewish civilizational studies. Students choosing Eastern European studies, Jewish thought, or Hebrew literature must enter the program with a good command of either Hebrew or Yiddish according to their chosen specialization.

Students may also choose to complete the M.A. (Thesis) program with a stream in the History of the Jewish Interpretation of the Bible. This stream is aimed at students who have acquired a rich background in Bible and Jewish studies through their B.A. and who now wish to study the Bible and its interpretation within Jewish circles at an advanced level. Students choosing this path must enter the program with a good command of Hebrew.

The degree is normally completed within two years. Subsequent career paths are varied, but could include work in Jewish communal agencies, Jewish schools, Jewish foundations, the rabbinate, or further graduate study in a related field.

Master of Arts (M.A.) Jewish Studies (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)

This program is aimed at students who have acquired some background in Jewish studies through their B.A. and who wish to add to their knowledge without having to concentrate on one period or discipline within the broad field of Jewish civilizational studies. Students may take courses in related disciplines outside of Jewish Studies if appropriate. The degree is normally completed within two years. Students must demonstrate good command of Yiddish or Hebrew prior to graduation. Subsequent career paths are varied, but could include work in Jewish communal agencies, Jewish schools, Jewish foundations, the rabbinate, or further graduate study in a related field.

Ph.D. in Jewish Studies
This is an ad hoc program. Please contact the Department for further information.
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Jewish Studies Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Jewish Studies Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Ideally, applicants would have completed a B.A. in Jewish Studies. If an applicant is otherwise deemed acceptable, it is possible to be admitted to a Qualifying year. Students seeking admission to the History of the Jewish Interpretation of the Bible stream must demonstrate competence in Hebrew prior to beginning the program.

In addition to the appropriate references, transcripts, and examination scores, applicants should send samples of their academic work in their field of interest. Personal interviews are strongly recommended.

English Language Proficiency

For graduate applicants whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized Canadian or American (English or French) institution or from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction, documented proof of English proficiency is required prior to admission. For a list of acceptable test scores and minimum requirements, visit mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/international/proficiency

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See University Regulations & Resources > Graduate > Graduate Admissions and Application Procedures > Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Research Proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Written Work

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application opening dates are set by Enrolment Services in consultation with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), while application deadlines are set by the Department of Jewish Studies and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

  Application Opening Dates Application Deadlines
  All Applicants Non-Canadian citizens (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Canadian citizens/Perm. residents of Canada (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Current McGill Students (any citizenship)
Fall Term: Sept. 15 Feb. 1 Feb. 1 Feb. 1
Winter Term: Feb. 15 Sept. 10 Sept. 15 Sept. 15
Summer Term: N/A N/A N/A N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

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Jewish Studies Faculty

Jewish Studies Faculty

Chair
Yael Halevi-Wise
Graduate Program Director
Christopher Silver
Undergraduate Program Director
Urszula Madej-Krupitski
Emeritus Professors
B. Barry Levy; B.A., M.A., B.R.E.(Yeshiva), Ph.D.(NYU)
Professors
David Aberbach; B.A.(UCL; UK), M.Litt., Ph.D.(Oxf.)
Carlos Fraenkel; M.A., Ph.D.(Free Univ., Berlin) (joint appt. with Philosophy) (James McGill Professor)
Gershon Hundert; B.A.(Col.), M.A.(Ohio St.), Ph.D.(Col.) (Leanor Segal Professor of Jewish Studies) (joint appt. with History and Classical Studies)
Associate Professors
Eric Caplan; B.A.(Tor.), M.A.(Hebrew), Ph.D.(McG.) (joint appt. with Integrated Studies in Education)
Yael Halevi-Wise; B.A.(Hebrew), M.A.(G'town), Ph.D.(Princ.) (joint appt. with English)
Lawrence Kaplan; B.A.(Yeshiva), M.A., Ph.D.(Harv.)
Assistant Professor
Urszula Madej-Krupitski; B.A., M.A.(Jagiellonian), M.A., Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.)
Christopher Silver; B.A.(Calif., Berk.), M.A., Ph.D.(Calif.-LA) (Segal Family Assistant Professor of Jewish History and Culture)
Lecturers
Lea Fima; B.Ed.(BeitBerl), M.A.(McG.)
Esther Frank; B.A., M.A.(McG.)
Yuri Vedenyapin; B.A.(Harv.), Ph.D.(Col.)
Adjunct Professor
Daniel Kupfert Heller; B.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Stan.)
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Mar. 1, 2021) (disclaimer)

Master of Arts (M.A.) Jewish Studies (Thesis) (45 credits)

An M.A. in Jewish Studies (thesis option) is offered in the following areas: History of the Jewish Interpretation of the Bible, Eastern European Jewish History, Jewish Thought, Hebrew Literature, and Modern Jewish Literatures. These areas of specialization are broadly construed to accommodate the range of research interests in the Department. The M.A. can be...

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.) Jewish Studies (Thesis) (45 credits).

Master of Arts (M.A.) Jewish Studies (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)

All students pursuing this option must take JWST 699. The remaining credits will normally include 15 credits in two of the following areas and 12 credits in the third: Jewish Thought, Jewish History, and Jewish Literature. The substitution of credits in related disciplines outside of Jewish Studies may be permitted if appropriate. The coursework will be adjusted to...

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.) Jewish Studies (Non-Thesis) (45 credits).

Faculty of Arts—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 9, 2021) (disclaimer)
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