Hornstein: Jewish Professional Leadership Dual Masters' Programs
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.
- Dual MBA-MA 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 MBA/non-profit skills and specialized knowledge of Judaic studies and contemporary Jewish life.
- Dual MPP-MA 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 MA 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 BA-MA 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.
- Dual M.A. in Jewish Professional Leadership and Ed.M. in Jewish Educational Leadership, in partnership with Brandeis University's Education Program, for talented, motivated, young professionals seeking the knowledge and skills to lead in Jewish educational settings: camps, experiential educational programs, Hillels, synagogues, day schools, museums, federations, and more.
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For the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please visit the Registrar.
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.
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 (two letters of recommendation for the Dual MA in Jewish Professional Leadership and EdM in Jewish Educational Leadership);
A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume;
A 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.
- Dual MA in Jewish Professional Leadership and EdM in Jewish Educational Leadership: GRE required; institution code is 3092 (please note: this institution code only applies to GRE scores).
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.
Generous scholarships and financial aid are available; for more information please visit Financial Aid.