Jewish Studies (M.A.)

Immerse yourself in the texts, culture, and study of Judaism as you broaden your understanding of the scope of the Jewish experience.

This master’s program consists of a five-course core sequence and a major in one of five fields: biblical and ancient Near Eastern civilization, rabbinic literature, Jewish thought and mysticism, or Jewish history. Program graduates successfully pursue doctoral programs or positions in the professional or academic arena.

Dual Degree Option: Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service and Jewish Studies

The dual-degree program in Jewish Education and Jewish Studies is a 59-unit program that prepares professionals and educators to lead the Jewish community of the 21st century. At the same time, students are immersed in Jewish classics and humanities, develop a comprehension of the scope of the Jewish experience and prepare to become effective and knowledgeable Jewish educators. 

Faculty

Our faculty include prominent scholars and educators with credentials in a key areas of Jewish studies, Jewish communal service and Jewish education. Faculty research and publications cover the areas of Jewish thought and mysticism, the archaeology of ancient Israel, Second Temple period literature and history, Rabbinic thought and literature, biblical and ancient Near Eastern civilization, European Jewish history, informal and formal Jewish education.

Why Towson University?

  • Towson is ideally located just minutes from Baltimore City, Pikesville, Owings Mills, and Reisterstown giving you easy access to internship and employment opportunities within a vast local network of Jewish communal organizations, non-profit agencies, synagogues, community centers and day schools.
  • Towson’s Baltimore Hebrew Institute (BHI) represents our commitment to providing support for the education and training of scholars, communal professionals and Jewish educators who exemplify excellence.
  • Through the BHI, students enrolled in Jewish Studies graduate programs have access to a variety of special programs and social activities as well as fellowship and scholarship opportunities.

Admission and Degree Requirements

View admission and degree requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Baltimore Hebrew Institute Judaic COllection

The Joseph Meyerhoff Library is located on the second floor of Towson University's Cook Library as the BHI Judaic Collection. It contains over 70,000 volumes and an important rare book collection. This is the largest Judaica library in the Southeast.

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Contact Information

Dr. Susanna Garfein, Assistant Professor, Philosophy & Religious Studies
Director
Susanna Garfein, PhD
Location
College of Liberal Arts
Room 4140
Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.