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Towson University

College of Graduate Studies and Research, Masters of Arts in Jewish Communal Service


8000 York Road
Towson, MD  21252
United States





Program Information

Degree Offered

Masters of Arts in Jewish Communal Service, Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Jewish Communal Service

Format: Campus, Online

Program Description:

Why Jewish Communal Services?
The Master of Arts in Jewish communal services is a program that prepares students for careers as professional leaders for the Jewish community. Graduates enter careers in a variety of settings in non-profit organizations. The program utilizes a multi-dimensional curriculum that combines courses in leadership and communal service with Judaic studies and practical field experience. Core components include six graduate Jewish studies courses, six professional courses, supervised internship, and practicum seminar. All students are required to complete internships in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area.
Graduates of the program typically work in a service based agency within the Jewish community. Many alumni hold positions locally and nationally with Jewish Federations, Hillel, Jewish Community Centers, Jewish Family and Children's Services, Jewish hospitals, Jewish Volunteer Connections, various Jewish camps, social service agencies and synagogues.
Why Towson University?
There is simply no better place to pursue a graduate degree in Judaic Studies. Towson University is ideally located just minutes from Baltimore City, Pikesville, Owings Mills, and Reisterstown. Students seeking internship and employment opportunities benefit from a vast local network of Jewish communal organizations, non-profit agencies, synagogues, community centers and day schools. Students can also look forward to becoming part of a well-organized community, enriched by the agencies of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
Towson University's Baltimore Hebrew Institute represents our commitment to providing support for the education and training of Jewish educators, scholars and communal professionals who exemplify excellence in their chosen fields. Through Towson's BHI, students enrolled in Judaic Studies graduate programs have access to a variety of spe

Eligibility Requirements:

Official transcript from all post-secondary institutions
Statement of Intent: a one-page essay describing your academic and professional goals and how this degree program can help you achieve these goals.
Sample of Work: a written sample of an academic research paper, thesis chapter, lesson plans or another type of field-related writing sample, no more than 20 pages.
Three letters of recommendation, at least one from an academic source. (Hard copies or online recommendations are accepted – hard copies must attach personal assessment form.)
Applicants must be available for an interview with the director, in person or by phone.
Current Resume

International Student Requirements:

Applicants from other countries are subject to the same requirements for admission as are applicants from the U.S. Applicants from countries where English is not the language of university-level instruction will be required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). JCS prefers a minimum score of 223 (computer-based) and 84-85 (internet-based). For information about testing center locations, please visit the TOEFL website. Applicants from other countries will be required to demonstrate proof of funding in order to obtain a visa to attend school in the US. This information is not required for admissions consideration

Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial Aid Offered: No

Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities I

Institution Sector: Public

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000 and above