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: MA/MBA program with the Heller School of Social Policy and Management; MA/MPP program with the Heller School of Social Policy and Management; MA/MA 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


We encourage you to explore one of the department’s greatest assets through our faculty pages.

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 15.

Admission Requirements

To apply for the program, you need to submit:

  • An online application;

  • An application fee;

  • 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.

  • Writing Sample (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 email to arrange. 

  • Standardized tests (see below for specific required tests by program; all scores must be less than 5 years old).

    • MBA-MA in Jewish Professional Leadership: GMAT OR GRE required; the GMAT institution code is 3FD-1Z-75; GRE institution code is 3092 (please note: this institution code only applies to GRE scores).

    • MPP-MA in Jewish Professional Leadership/NEJS: GRE required; institution code is 3092 (please note: this institution code only applies to GRE scores).

    • Dual MA in Jewish Professional Leadership and NEJS: GRE required; institution code is 3092 (please note: this institution code only applies to GRE scores).

    • BA-MA: The GRE is waived for Brandeis undergraduates applying to the Bachelor's/Master's.

  • International applicants: Additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas. If you are submitting TOEFL scores, please note that our TOEFL institution code is 3261.

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.