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NEW! M.A./Ed.M.

New Hornstein MA/EdM dual degree program, Brandeis University

Dual M.A. in Jewish Professional Leadership
and Ed.M. in Jewish Educational Leadership

In partnership with Brandeis University's
Education Program

The Hornstein M.A./Ed.M. Program invites applications from 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.

Students take Hornstein graduate courses on the history and current issues in the American and global Jewish communities, and courses in Education and Jewish Studies; engage in advanced professional internships; and participate in Hornstein travel seminars in Israel, New York City, Washington D.C., and international Jewish communities.

M.A./Ed.M. students graduate with:

  • a strong and lasting community of Hornstein students and alumni;
  • wide professional networks; 
  • unparalleled academic and professional training to lead the Jewish community in a broad range of organizational educational settings;
  • all grounded in the visionary Jewish, ethical, and social justice foundations that characterize the Hornstein and Education Programs and Brandeis University.

All accepted students receive generous tuition scholarships. 

The M.A./Ed.M. program accepts up to five students per year.


MA/Ed.M curriculum chart, Hornstein Program, Brandeis University

The curriculum chart lists the M.A.-Hornstein/Ed.M.-Education course schedule over 21 months. The program consists of eighty required course credits: Hornstein courses totaling 36 credits, Education Program courses totaling 36 credits, and eight credits of electives.

The program is usually completed in four and a half semesters, including the summer between years one and two.

Hebrew Requirement

All degree candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in modern Hebrew at the time of graduation. Students may fulfill the Hebrew language requirement by either: 1) "placing out" of the requirement through a written and oral assessment, or 2) passing (B- or above) a 40- or higher level Hebrew course at Brandeis.