College of Liberal Arts

Jewish studies (M.A.)

Why Jewish Studies?

The Master of Arts in Jewish studies is a liberal arts program that offers students immersion in Jewish classics and humanities as well as comprehension of the scope of the Jewish experience. The program consists of a six-course core sequence and a major in one of five fields: Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Civilization, Rabbinic Literature, Jewish Thought & Mysticism, Jewish History, or Contemporary Jewish Studies.

Graduates of the MA in Jewish Studies are successful in professional and academic arenas throughout the world. The rate of employment among our graduates is quite high. Many of our graduates go on to pursue advanced degrees at top PhD programs or Seminaries around the globe.

Why Towson University?

There is simply no better place to pursue a graduate degree in Jewish Studies. Towson University is ideally located just minutes from Baltimore City, Pikesville, Owings Mills, and Reisterstown. Students seeking internship and employment opportunities benefit from a vast local network of Jewish communal organizations, non-profit agencies, synagogues, community centers and day schools. Students can also look forward to becoming part of a well-organized community, enriched by the agencies of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

Towson University’s Baltimore Hebrew Institute represents our commitment to providing support for the education and training of scholars, communal professionals and Jewish educators who exemplify excellence in their chosen fields. Through Towson’s BHI, students enrolled in Jewish Studies graduate programs have access to a variety of special programs and social activities, as well as fellowship and scholarship opportunities (PDF).

Dual Degree Option: Leadership in Jewish Education & Communal Service and Jewish Studies

This dual-degree program in Jewish Education and Jewish Studies is a 59-unit program that prepares professional leaders and educators to lead the Jewish community of the 21st century. At the same time, students are immersed in Jewish classics and humanities, develop a comprehension of the scope of the Jewish experience, and prepare to become effective and knowledgeable Jewish educators. Learn more.


Our faculty include prominent scholars and educators with credentials in a key areas of Jewish Studies, Jewish Communal Service and Jewish Education. Faculty research and publications cover the areas of Jewish Thought and Mysticism, the archaeology of Ancient Israel, Second Temple Period literature and history, Rabbinic Thought and Literature, biblical and ancient Near Eastern Civilization, American Jewish History, European Jewish History, Informal and Formal Jewish Education.

Susanna Garfein

Dr. Susanna Garfein



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