Jewish Studies, M.A.

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, 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.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 12 months
Starting in: October
Tuition Fee: $ 10,600 + service fees
Location: Haifa, Israel

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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What our students say

"I am grateful beyond words for the opportunity to study at this institution and alongside such kind, passionate and helpful peers and professors. This community has fostered a sense of belonging in a place foreign to many, and has allowed for its students to thrive and achieve. What I have found to value most is the diversity surrounding this program, which can be seen in our course listings, our wide range of research interests, and backgrounds. Every student brings something different to the table."

Hanna Green // MA in Holocaust Studies alumnus from the USA

Why study with us?

Academic Excellence

We offer academically demanding programs that challenge students and expand their intellectual horizons in new subject areas as well as provide progress in their major area of study


Close to 1,000 students from over forty different countries around the world enroll annually in the University of Haifa International School's various interdisciplinary and international programs where they learn and explore in an atmosphere of coexistence, tolerance, and mutual respect


The University of Haifa offers an innovative learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment