This year, for the first time, the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies will offer a joint BA/MA option for Columbia and Barnard students. This program allows qualified students to begin earning credits towards a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies while they are still undergraduates, making it possible to complete the BA and MA degrees in as little as five years.


How does it work?

Students in the BA/MA program can take graduate-level courses in Jewish Studies starting in their senior year. They may complete up to 15 credits’ towards the Master’s Degree (usually by taking four or five seminars or other eligible classes). This is almost half of the 36 credits required, making it possible to complete the Master’s Degree in as little as one additional year, depending on the courses chosen.

How to apply?

Students may apply for the BA/MA program in the spring of their junior year or the fall of their senior year. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to apply. Students must complete the full application for the M.A. Program in Jewish Studies, including letters of recommendation and GRE scores. Information about the application and the M.A. Program can be found here.

Who is it for?

The M.A. in Jewish Studies is designed for students interested in deepening their knowledge of Jewish history, religion, literature, and Israel. Students considering careers in Jewish-related fields, such as teaching, administration, librarianship, journalism, and writing, are especially encouraged to apply.


For further information about the program, or if you are interested in applying, please contact Yitzhak Lewis at (office hours: Tues/Thurs, 2:30 - 3:30pm, in 410 Knox Hall - no appointment necessary).