Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

M.A. in Jewish Education – Distance Learning


1.  About the program

What degree does the program grant?

An M.A. in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Can you study the whole program from abroad?

The program comprises two regular semesters and an intensive summer semester.  The regular semesters are held through distance learning from abroad and the summer semester (6 weeks) takes place in Israel during the months of July and August.

What is the study format of the program?

The method of study for this degree is based on self-study and on group work within a supportive framework of fellow learners. Studies take place on a Hebrew University website designated for distance learning.  Each week the lessons are uploaded to the website and students are required to view the lessons, read the relevant bibliography, participate in discussions and submit assignments.

What is the structure of the study program?

The program takes place over three semesters:

Spring Semester:         Three courses, 12 credits (online).

Summer Semester:      Six courses, 14 credits (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

Fall Semester:             Four courses, 14 credits (online).

What is the language of instruction?

All the courses are taught in English.

Is it mandatory to study all the courses in one year?

The program is designed for one year, therefore it is advisable to complete all studies within the year.  If you are not able to do so, you can complete the courses the next year, subject to program regulations.


2. Course of Study

How much time do I need to invest in an online course?

According to the ECTS – European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System – online courses (4 credits) require 120 student study hours per semester. 

We calculate on average 4-6 study hours per week for each course. This includes reading, assignments, participation, etc., over a period of 14 weeks.

Final paper preparation: 40-50 hours for each course.

What is the structure of the 2018-2019 academic year?

  • Fall  Semester:             October 2018 /  February 2019
  • Spring Semester:          March 2019 /  June 2019
  • Summer Semester:      1.7.2019 / 8.8.2019 - (6 weeks) - in Jerusalem

How are we examined abroad?

The online courses have an evaluation system that includes an active presence and participation in the week forum, class assignments and a final paper. Throughout the courses, progress meetings will be held with program staff and during the summer semester review meetings will be held with the lecturers.


3. Candidacy Application and Admission to the Program

In order to register do I need to meet all the prerequisites for acceptance?

Yes.  Registration for an M.A. is conditional upon candidacy submission and meeting all the admission requirements.

What are the prerequisites for admission to a graduate program?

  1. An undergraduate degree in Education or parallel in the Social Sciences or Humanities, from an institution recognized by the Hebrew University.
  2. Proven experience as an educator in a formal or informal institute of Jewish Education.
  3. Letter of recommendation
  4. Students whose mother tongue is not English are required to submit proof of a high level of English.  Click here for details.

Can we consult with someone before registration?                    


You can contact:

Marcelo I. Dorfsman Ph.D.

The Melton Centre for Jewish Education

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, ISRAEL 91905

Phone: +972-2-5881238 

Mobile / Whatsapp: +972-546711844

Fax: +972-2-532-2211



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Tel: +972-9-766-6222 | from North America: 718-838-3533

Mobile: +972-54-483 5788



What is the date of registration?

Towards the start of the coming academic year, registration opens on the 1.5.2018 and closes on the 16.10.2017.

 Registration is open for Fall Semester - October 2018

Does candidacy application entail payment?

Yes.  Submitting an application does entail payment.  You can apply to graduate studies throughout the year.  When applying, you must ensure that you meet all the prerequisites for acceptance to the program.

to apply, please press here.

I have submitted my application, now what?

You must wait for an answer from the Admissions Committee.  The committee will discuss each request, and if necessary, will invite the candidate for an interview (face-to-face or online) or will request supplementary information.  The Admissions Committee may reach one of the following decisions:

  1. Accept the candidate as a graduate student.
  2. Accept the candidate as a graduate student with a request for supplementary studies. and / or a Lenguage certificate.
  3. Reject the candidate.

 I was accepted, now what?

Now you can register for the program as described in registration.

The acceptance decision is valid for two years from date of notification of acceptance.  Students who do not register for graduate studies within this period of time will have to resubmit their candidacy.


4. Recognition of previous studies and supplementary studies for the degree

I studied graduate courses in another institute.  Are they recognized by the Hebrew University?

The Academic Committee of the Melton Centre will consider whether to recognize relevant courses studied in another institute.  The maximum amount to be recognized and the factors taken into consideration to grant such recognition – differ from program to program.

When can I apply for recognition of previous studies?

Upon submission of candidacy or after acceptance to the graduate program.

Supplementary studies

If your first degree is not in Education and/or Jewish Studies, you will be required to take supplementary courses.

Who do I contact?

Dr. Marcelo I. Dorfsman