Master's Degree Programs

Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Hornstein: The Jewish Community Leadership Program

Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Coexistence and Conflict


For further information, please contact the Hebrew graduate program advisor:

Ari Ofengenden
NEJS Department, MS 038
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
(781) 736-2979

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The M.A. in Teaching Hebrew

The Master of Arts in Teaching Hebrew is a two-year degree and a first-of-its-kind program in the United States, providing teachers and students with the knowledge and training to become professional teachers of Hebrew in colleges or universities.  The program is also for current in-service teachers in public schools or Jewish educational settings.

The Hebrew Language track in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies has won national recognition for its leadership and quality of instruction, and as such is the most appropriate setting for such a program. The M.A. in Teaching Hebrew emphasizes theoretical and methodological learning as well as hands-on experience and rigorous field training.

For a comparison chart of the two tracks, click here


The M.A. in Teaching Hebrew curriculum consists of 12 courses (eight required and four elective), and two semesters of practicum training. Seven of the 12 required courses focus exclusively on aspects of teaching and learning the Hebrew language. The practicum training provides an opportunity to teach in settings including day schools, afternoon schools, elementary and high schools.

The Deadline to Apply is May 1