Admissions Overview

Students at the Gershon Kekst Graduate School learn at the highest level with world-renowned faculty who are deeply committed to Jewish scholarship. We offer the most extensive Jewish studies program in North America, awarding master’s and doctoral degrees in 15 areas of specialization and providing access to the greatest collection of Judaica in the Western Hemisphere. 

If you are looking to deepen your Jewish learning by studying texts in their original language, you will find at the Kekst Graduate School a diverse community of passionate, serious scholars whose creative thinking and innovative work will enrich organizations, institutions, and communities around the world.

Degree Programs

Explore our extensive offerings, including areas of specialization, specific courses, opportunities to enroll in classes at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, and more. For those with a background in Hebrew, there is also a one-year master’s in Jewish Studies.


Certificate Programs

As a student in the Gershon Kekst Graduate School, you can earn a certificate in Jewish Ethics with or without pursuing an MA. Students can also earn a certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling in conjunction with the MA program or through independent study.

Jewish Ethics Center for Pastoral Education

Applications and Deadlines

Find details on MA, DHL, and PhD application requirements and process, as well as information on the non-degree program and other flexible study options.

MA Application  DHL Application  PhD Application Certificate



  • Alexandra Ross, Graduate School student,
    I came to The Graduate School to learn from prominent scholars in the field who could help me access a world that I hadn’t yet tapped.

    Alexandra Ross, Graduate School student,

Visit JTS

Coming to campus is a great way for prospective students to learn about the Kekst Graduate School and to get a feel for our community. Find information about coordinating a meeting with a faculty member in your desired field, tours, and more.

Register for a Visit  Meet the Admissions Team

Tuition, Financial Aid, and Fellowships

Learn about merit- and need-based partial tuition fellowships for MA and DHL applicants, merit-based fellowships for PhD candidates, applying for loans, and more.

Tuition and Fees  Financial Aid & Fellowships


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