M.A. and Ph.D. Programs

 All graduate study at Penn is organized through disciplinary graduate groups: e.g. History (primarily for Early Modern, Modern, and American Jewish History); Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (for Hebrew Bible and its Interpretation; Rabbinic, Medieval, and Modern Hebrew literature); Religious Studies (for Hellenistic Judaism, and Medieval and Modern Jewish Thought); Anthropology (Biblical Archaeology); Ancient History; Germanic Languages and Literatures (for Yiddish); Sociology; Folklore and Folklife; English; Comparative Literature; and Political Science.

For admission to graduate programs, students should apply directly to the graduate group representing their major disciplinary interest. Jewish Studies itself does not admit graduate students, but faculty in the program will be happy to advise applicants as to which graduate group best suits their needs. For further information, please contact the Jewish Studies Program office.

For the Graduate Division of the School of Arts & Sciences, click here.

Doctoral programs generally consist of a minimum of 20 courses (some programs require more), followed by a period of study for comprehensive examinations and the writing of a dissertation. For furthur details about requirements, please contact the relevant graduate group for the specific features of its programs.