Program Information

The various disciplines comprising Jewish studies at Columbia University are based in four departments: Jewish history in the Department of History; Hebrew language and literature in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures; Yiddish studies in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures; and the study of Judaism in the Department of Religion. Each department offers both graduate and undergraduate courses each semester.


Ph.D. Programs

The requirements for acceptance to and completion of the graduate degree programs in any one of the four fields in Jewish studies are listed in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Bulletin. Applications, which must be made to the appropriate department, and information on fellowships and financial aid can be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


Liberal Studies M.A. Program

The Liberal Studies M.A. Program in Jewish Studies is designed for those who are interested in serious study of Judaica for their own personal or professional enrichment. The program is not designed for evening study. The requirements for acceptance to and completion of the program as well as application forms may be found online.


Undergraduate Special Concentration

The special concentration in Jewish studies is designed for students who wish to gain a broad-based knowledge of Jewish studies.  It enables undergraduates toacquire a background in the most important aspects of Jewish culture, religion, civilization, and history in an interdisciplinary setting. For more information go to

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