Joint degree program in Jewish Studies and Social Work
The dual-degree program of The Graduate School of JTS and the Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW) prepares students for professional leadership careers in the Jewish community. JPL students are simultaneously admitted to both schools and attend them concurrently. Upon completion of the program, students receive both an MA in Jewish Studies from JTS and an MS in Social Work from Columbia.
Visionary faculty and Jewish communal professionals created the program nearly twenty years ago with a goal still important today:
Providing future Jewish communal professional leaders with the essential knowledge, skills, and experience to meet the challenge of building Jewish community in an increasingly complex world.
At The Graduate School, students take twenty-four credits toward a master of arts degree in Jewish Studies. The curriculum at The Graduate School emphasizes an academic approach to Jewish studies. Students study Jewish history, tradition, and culture with JTS’s esteemed faculty. Through elective courses, students can take advantage of the full spectrum of study available at JTS.
At Columbia University School of Social Work, students take a minimum of forty-five credits, depending on concentration.CUSSW offers concentrations in Social Administration, Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming, Policy Practice, and Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice.
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
International Student Requirements:
Applicants whose native language is other than English and who have not been educated at a college where English is the language of instruction must submit official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 100 (Internet-based) is required. The Graduate School also may require that nonnative English speakers prove satisfactory proficiency by scoring at level 10 on the placement test administered by Columbia University's American Language Program (ALP).
Facts & Figures
# of Credits Required: 30
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1155 USD
In State Tuition (per year): 24590 USD
Classification: Specialized Institution—Theological seminary or other faith-related institution
Locale: Large City
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