Registration Information

All students are required to register each semester except summer sessions to maintain his or her status as a current student and to receive all rights, benefits, and privileges afforded to students. Registration consists of the completion of the online registration process, submission of a current, local address to which JTS mail may be sent, and payment of all tuition and fees by the required dates. Students who fail to follow this procedure will not be considered registered and are not entitled to the student services of JTS.

Registration materials and information are emailed to all continuing students who have registered in the immediate prior semester, exclusive of summer sessions, and who have no outstanding debts (other than loans) with JTS. New students who have submitted the Student Acceptance Form along with the required deposit will also receive registration materials and information.

Students who fail to register before the end of the registration period in any semester may register retroactively at the beginning of the following semester upon payment of all late fees and a reinstatement fee.

A student who leaves JTS without obtaining a leave of absence or who fails to register and pay the required tuition and/or fees for more than one semester must apply for readmission. An unauthorized absence does not relieve the student of the obligation to register each semester until the completion of all degree requirements. Readmitted students will be required to pay all charges due for each semester of absence, to a maximum of eight semesters, plus the reinstatement fee and any late fees.

Visit the JTS Registrar for more information.

Special Categories of Registration

Students who are not taking courses are required to register for one of the following categories until the resumption of course work, the completion of all other degree requirements, graduation, or official withdrawal from JTS.

Leave of Absence
Matriculated students in good standing who wish to discontinue studies for one or more semesters may register for a leave of absence. A student must obtain written permission from the dean of the school. That permission, along with completion of the registration process and payment of appropriate fees, must be completed for each semester of a student's leave of absence. Consult the individual school sections for limitations on leaves of absence.

Extended Residence
Students in the MA and DHL programs of The Graduate School and The Davidson School, or the MSM (who have already received the diploma of hazzan) and DSM programs of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music who have finished all course work but have other requirements (such as examinations, theses, dissertations) to complete must register for this category.

Students in the PhD and EdD programs who have finished all course work but have not yet completed all qualifying papers, proposal defense, comprehensive and language examinations must register for this category.

Matriculation and Facilities
Students in the PhD and EdD programs who have finished all course work and completed all other requirements except for the dissertation must register for this category.

Defense Semester
Students in the PhD and EdD programs who plan to defend their dissertations must register for this category.

Semester in Israel (List College only)
List College students who will spend a semester or year abroad in Israel and wish to maintain their status as JTS students must register for this category each semester that they spend abroad.

Continuous Registration

List College
List College students who have finished all JTS requirements but must complete secular credits must register for Continuous Registration.

Double Degree students who because of Barnard full-time residency requirements must suspend their JTS studies for a semester must register for Continuous Registration.

The Graduate School
The Continuous Registration category applies to matriculated students who, for extenuating academic circumstances, cannot register for Graduate School courses in a given semester but will still receive academic advisement. Students who have completed all course work and who are eligible for Extended Residence may not enroll as Continuous Registration.

Graduate School students may enroll in the Continuous Registration category for no more than one semester while in residence in New York.

Graduate School students who are dually enrolled in The Rabbinical School or H. L. Miller Cantorial School of JTS and who cannot take courses in The Graduate School during their required semester or year in Israel should enroll as Continuous Registration in The Graduate School.

Distance learning students who are unable to take courses due to course availability issues must register as Continuous Registration to maintain their status as current students.

MA students who have not completed their course work but take courses only during the summer sessions must register for Continuous Registration each semester. Students must attend at least one summer session each year to be eligible.

Written approval must be obtained from a dean of The Graduate School to register for the Continuous Registration category.

The Davidson School
Online MA (distance learning) students who are unable to take courses due to course availability issues must register as Continuous Registration to maintain their status as current students. Continuous registration for distance learning students must be approved by a dean of The Davidson School.

MA students who have not completed their course work but take courses only during the summer sessions must register for Continuous Registration each semester. Students must attend at least one summer session each year to be eligible.

Davidson School students who are dually enrolled in The Rabbinical School or H. L. Miller Cantorial School of JTS and who cannot take courses in The Davidson School during their required semester or year in Israel should enroll as Continuous Registration in The Davidson School.

The Rabbinical School
Rabbinical students who have finished all course work but still have other requirements to complete, such as synagogue skills, must register for Continuous Registration.

Maintaining Matriculation
Students who have completed all requirements for the degree but must wait for the next commencement exercises before receiving their degrees must register each semester for this category until their degrees are awarded. Although this category carries no fee, it does require registration each semester until the degree is awarded. Confirmation in writing from the dean of the school is required. Full payment of the commencement fee is due at spring registration.

Departments and Courses of Instruction

Courses are identified by subject, by a four-digit number, and by suffix. The first digit signifies the level of the course (i.e., 1: List College course required of all students; 2: List College course required of all students in that major field or in the education minor; 3: List College course acceptable toward major credit; 4: H. L. Miller Cantorial School; 5: master's degree level; 6 and 7: The Rabbinical School; 8 and 9: doctoral level courses.) The suffix D indicates an online (distance learning) course taught on the Internet. In most instances, courses numbered 5000 and above are open to all graduate students. Level 5000 courses are open to undergraduate students with an advisor's permission. Permission of the instructor is required for all doctoral level courses. Please consult with your area/program advisor or view Courses for a listing of courses offered each semester.