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University of Haifa, International School Master of Arts in Jewish Studies
University of Haifa, International School

Master of Arts in Jewish Studies

Haifa, Israel

1 Years


Full time

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USD 10,600 / per year *


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Our International Master’s program in Jewish Studies offers a unique combination of Judaic Studies incorporating Biblical and Talmudic Studies, alongside Jewish History, Philosophy, and Mysticism. From the Biblical era to Early Modern Era, our students expand their knowledge in Biblical Studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls, early and late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and Early Modern, and Modern Jewish History and Thought.

Our study program is divided into three chronological cohorts: Biblical; Antiquity (Rabbinics); and Medieval through the Modern period, and enables participation in other International School programs such as Israel Studies, Holocaust Studies, Hebrew or Arabic.


Our 1-year program aims to:

  • Provide students a methodological basis for engaging in Jewish Studies, with emphasis on the relations between local and global Jewish cultures throughout history.
  • Offer students versatile academic perspectives and abilities to address questions, problems, challenges, and dilemmas in the field of Jewish Studies.
  • Combining theoretical knowledge with educational field trips to Israel’s key historical sites.
  • Expose students to a variety of firsthand historical sources from Biblical to early Modern Judaism.

One Year, One Degree

Our one-year program is taught in English over three consecutive semesters from October through September. Graduates will be awarded a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies.

Students who prefer to pursue the research track will submit their thesis within one year of completing their coursework, which may require a prolonged stay at the university

Highlighted Courses*

  • The Bible in its historical context
  • Story and History in the Jewish Middle Ages
  • Jewish Philosophy from Philo to Luzzati
  • Kabbalah: A Magical-Mystery Tour
  • Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible

* The curriculum is subject to change without notice


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