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. Degrees are available in the following programs:

  • MA in Jewish Professional Leadership
  • Dual MA/MBA in Jewish Professional Leadership
  • Dual MPP/MA in Jewish Professional Leadership
  • Dual MA in Jewish Professional Leadership and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
  • Bachelor's/Master's in Jewish Professional Leadership
  • Dual MA/EdM in Jewish Professional Leadership and Jewish Educational Leadership

Read more about the program on the Hornstein website. Application instructions can be found below.

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How to Apply

Application Deadline

The priority deadline is January 15. Applications will be considered after this date on a space-available basis, and no later than June 15.

Application 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 send official transcripts to our office. Official transcripts sent prior to an offer of admission will be destroyed. 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 to 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. 

  • International applicants should visit our International Students page to determine if official results from an English language proficiency exam are also required.

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

Alum Spotlight

Annie Fortnow

After graduating from Brandeis with her BA in 2017, Annie Fortnow, Hornstein MA/MBA ‘23, spent four years working for Jewish organizations. Wanting to continue making change within the Jewish community, she thought getting a graduate degree would help her make a bigger impact. Because she wanted to get an MBA with a Jewish lens, she looked into the Hornstein Program, which she knew about from her days as an undergraduate.