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Hornstein: Jewish Professional Leadership Dual Masters' Programs



About the Program

Brandeis’ Hornstein: Jewish Professional Leadership Programs prepare leaders to understand and confront the challenges of a rapidly changing Jewish community, and to help shape its future. Hornstein graduates are grounded in knowledge about contemporary Jewry and can frame issues and apply skills essential for complex problem solving.

The program offers three separate dual-degree tracks which students complete in 21 months: M.A./M.B.A. program with the Heller School of Social Policy and Management; M.A./M.P.P. program with the Heller School of Social Policy and Management; M.A./M.A. program with the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. All programs combine top-quality scholarship, professional education, and carefully selected fieldwork experiences to equip leaders with the tools necessary to help craft twenty-first century Jewish life. Students in all programs have field experiences in innovative Jewish organizations, are mentored by outstanding Jewish professionals, and participate in seminars in Israel. The curriculum integrates courses in Jewish studies, nonprofit management, and Jewish communal leadership, and highlights the roles of research, evaluation, and reflective practice in achieving professional success.

Degree Options:

  • Dual M.B.A.-M.A. in Jewish Professional Leadership, in partnership with Brandeis' Heller School for Social Policy and Management, prepares future Jewish community executives with the full complement of M.B.A./non-profit skills and specialized knowledge of Judaic studies and contemporary Jewish life.
  • Dual M.P.P.-M.A. in Jewish Professional Leadership, in partnership with Brandeis' Heller School for Social Policy and Management, prepares professional leaders with a full array of policy analysis and development skills, as well as specialized knowledge of Judaic studies and contemporary Jewish life.
  • Dual M.A. in Jewish Professional Leadership and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, in partnership with Brandeis' Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department, to understand contemporary Jewish issues within the context of Jewish history, culture and tradition. The program is designed to provide the tools necessary to articulate a leadership vision for the Jewish community.
  • Dual B.A.-M.A. in Jewish Professional Leadership, a five-year program in partnership with Brandeis' Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department, supplements undergraduate study in NEJS, Hebrew, or Yiddish with a master’s degree in Jewish Professional Leadership.

Faculty

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Courses and Degree Requirements

For the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please visit the Registrar.

How to Apply

Application Deadline:

The Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 15 and will continue to receive and consider them on a rolling basis through April 15th.

Admission Requirements:

To apply for the program, you need to submit:

  • An online application;
  • An application fee (please click here for more information);
  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions;
  • Three letters of recommendation, submitted electronically;
  • curriculum vitae (CV) or resume;
  • statement of purpose (2-3 page essay) discussing any experiences which have shaped your interests and commitments, career goals, and how you hope address and achieve your professional ambitions.
  • Management Problem Analysis (required for M.B.A.-M.A. applicants only) 
    In addition to the statement of purpose, applicants to the M.B.A. program must upload a writing sample answering both of the following questions. Responses should be limited to 500 words for each question: (1) Describe an experience that you have had as a member of a team when one or more members of the group created a conflict or dissension amongst group members. (2) Discuss the nature of the challenge and the role that you played in resolving it.
  • Writing Sample (required for the M.P.P.-M.A. and the Hornstein/NEJS Dual M.A. only) (3-5 pages, double spaced) demonstrating your ability to think and write articulately.
  • Campus Visit and Interview: We encourage applicants, whenever possible, to visit campus, sit in on classes, and meet our faculty members and students. A formal interview, preferably at Brandeis, is required and may take place at any time during the application process. Please call the Hornstein Program at (781) 736-2990/(800)-666-1636 (toll free)/ or e-mail to arrange. 
  • Standardized tests (see below for specific required tests by program; all scores must be less than 5 years old).
    -M.B.A.-M.A. in Jewish Professional Leadership: GMAT OR GRE required; the GMAT institution code is 3097; GRE institution code is 3092.
    -M.P.P.-M.A. in Jewish Professional Leadership/NEJS: GRE required; institution code is 3092.
    -Dual M.A. in Jewish Professional Leadership and NEJS: GRE required; institution code is 3092.
    -B.A.-M.A: no test required.

International students:  For additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas, please click here.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Generous scholarships and financial aid are available; for more information please visit Financial Aid.

Careers and Alumni

Students and alumni can work closely with Career Services for an array of resources, including CV/resume help, job search, and networking.