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M.A. and B.A.

The Jewish Professional Studies program is designed for students seeking a flexible curriculum that allows for a personalized degree plan. It is ideal for students with broad interests seeking a wide selection of inter-disciplinary courses. Jewish professionals with varied responsibilities will find this program extremely practical as it increase’s one’s Jewish knowledge base while also providing content applicable to the daily work environment. Students who enroll for personal enrichment will enjoy the freedom to sample many disciplines or to delve deeply into particular favorites.

The Jewish Professional Studies program is available at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. It incorporates courses from just about every program at Gratz College, including: Jewish Studies, Jewish Communal Service, Education, Nonprofit Management, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Human Rights, and Camp Administration and Leadership.

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“Our job is to continue creation through the work of our hands.”

— Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, A Book of Life


M.A. in Jewish Professional Studies

The M.A. in Jewish Professional Studies is 30 credits with 27 credits derived from courses of the student’s choice.  Students also complete a Capstone project which includes a professional statement and portfolio in preparation for highlighting their academic accomplishments and/or seeking new employment opportunities. The Capstone also allows students to discuss how their coursework has enhanced their professional skills and impacted them personally.

M.A. students currently working in the American Jewish community may apply for the Gratz College Midcareer Fellowships.  Qualified Midcareer Fellows will receive a 25% scholarship and may also be eligible for an additional 20% Gratz College scholarship.

B.A. in Jewish Professional Studies

The B.A. in Jewish Professional Studies is an undergraduate completion program. This unique degree provides students with the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree previously started at another institution. Students create a self-directed path of study tailored to their personal interests and professional goals. 

Please click on the Program Paths button below for more details on program requirements.

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Meet the Program Director

Debbie Aron M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

It’s exciting to watch our students refining their skills to accomplish their goals within nonprofit organizations. My own diverse nonprofit background in healthcare, community service, and education has given me respect for the many ways that managers in the nonprofit field can contribute to initiating or shaping the important work of community building.

Meet Our Faculty

The Gratz College learning community is shaped by our amazing faculty. Our instructors come from a variety of educational spaces including schools, arts organizations and state agencies. As facilitators of the learning process, their goal is to inspire students towards reflection and deep thinking about teaching and learning. They share a passion for education, and view their role as collaborators in providing applicable course content and resources, and helping students to connect this learning to their individual teaching practices. 

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