Doctor of Hebrew Literature

The Doctor of Hebrew Literature program at the Gershon Kekst Graduate School is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced academic work in a field of Jewish studies, but do not wish to pursue a traditional academic career.

The degree certifies that recipients are qualified to teach in their field at the undergraduate level as well as in a variety of non-university settings. Students may pursue the degree on a part-time basis.

Those who would benefit from this outstanding training include mid-career professionals who have master’s-level competency in Jewish studies and want the rigor of a doctoral degree, but who are not interested in a full-time career in academia.  

DHL Areas of Study

  • Ancient Jewish Studies
  • Bible
  • Jewish History
  • Jewish Literature
  • Jewish Thought
  • Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Studies
  • Midrash 
  • Modern Jewish Studies
  • Talmud and Rabbinics (In-residence and Executive partial distance learning options available)

Executive DHL

The DHL in Talmud and Rabbinics is also offered as an executive program, offered as a combined distance and in-residence degree. Students in this program spend two consecutive summers on campus studying in our Nishma program and complete their fall and spring semester coursework via distance learning.

To learn more about specific DHL requirements, please visit the Academic Bulletin