The Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration (AGS) offers several tracks leading to the Master of Science (MS) degree. To meet the diverse needs of our students, AGS offers full-time one-year program tracks for those who are able to dedicate significant daytime hours to their studies, and evening-based two-year program tracks for those currently employed in the field of education. Our Master of Science in education is designed to combine coursework with field experience, resulting in graduates who are highly skilled and professional educators.
The director of the master’s program, Dr. Moshe Krakowski, in collaboration with the AGS faculty, designs the policies, procedures and curriculum for each of the MS tracks. Located in Belfer Hall, Room 311, the Office of the Master’s Program coordinates all aspects of the MS tracks under the leadership of Rabbi Eliezer Barany, the student engagement and communications coordinator. Inquiries can be directed to Rabbi Barany at 212.960.5400, ext. 5949, fax: 212.960.0184 and via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr Krakowski can be contacted at 212.960.5287, via email at email@example.com and during office hours at Belfer Hall, Room 304. Please enjoy a sampling from what our faculty can offer.
We offer flexible programming that accommodates your schedule and helps you achieve your goals. Learn more about our programs below to discover which one is right for you.
MS Program Study Options
To prepare highly qualified educators for teaching positions in Jewish day schools and yeshivot.
This program is geared toward those entering the field of formal Jewish education. Career changers or those who have prior teaching experience can participate in this full-time program, but must do so to the exclusion of employment.
This cohort-based program is designed to be completed over the course of one academic year, beginning in the fall and concluding at the end of the summer, and requires a full-time commitment. Candidates should be available to take courses during the day and on occasional evenings, as well as be available throughout the year for full-time student teaching placements. Course sequence and schedule structure during the first two semesters is fixed. In the final summer semester, students take two content area methods classes of their choice. Upon completion, students receive a Master of Science (MS) degree.
To further prepare Jewish educators who are already in the field with the knowledge and skills for educational excellence and professional enhancement. The Teacher Program allows its participants to retain their current positions while they take courses and work toward their MS in education in the evenings.
During the first year of the program, students take two classes per semester, both on the same day of the week, generally Monday or Tuesday nights (6–10 p.m.). In the second year, students take two classes per semester on one night, while every other week a night is dedicated to PEP (Professional Enhancement Practicum) seminar. Content area methods classes will be offered during the summer sessions following each year. Students are required to take a total of Nine (9) credits (3 courses), which must be taken in the spring semester of the second year accompanied with any of the following combinations: both during the first summer semester, one during each of the two summer semesters, or both during the second summer semester.
To prepare highly qualified educators for teaching positions in Jewish day schools and yeshivot across the country. The program offers candidates a unique opportunity to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in an expeditious yet rigorous manner.
Joint bachelor’s-master’s programs exist between Stern College for Women/Yeshiva College and the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. Students who complete the program receive both BA and MS degrees. The graduate courses may count toward the 84-credit undergraduate residency requirement, may count both toward undergraduate requirements and the graduate degree, or may just allow the student to get an early start on graduate study.
Students in the BA/MS program begin taking evening graduate courses in the fall of their senior undergraduate year. They then can either complete their studies in a full-time capacity in their first post-undergraduate year (ideal for students who have not yet done student teaching) or part time during the evenings (ideal for who have already completed their student teaching as part of the Stern Legacy Program).
Students must have attained senior status and have completed at least 94 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.2.
To be considered for admission applicants should:
1. Complete the online application which includes an essay and $50 application fee payable by credit card.
2. Submit two official copies undergraduate transcripts to the AGS office. (Applicants from Yeshiva University do not need to send official transcripts.)
3. Submit two letters of recommendation to the AGS office.
4. Submit a .jpg photo of yourself for your file to: Rabbi Eliezer Barany
5. Complete individual interviews with two faculty members.
6. GRE’s or other standardized achievement tests may be required at the discretion of the Dean or the Director of the master’s program.
Transcripts and recommendations should be sent to:
Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration
Wilf Campus – Belfer Hall 311
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033
Priority will be given to applications submitted by May 1 for entry into the fall semester. There is no application for the spring semester, with the exception of the online program, which has rolling enrollment all year long.
To prepare highly qualified smicha students for teaching positions in Jewish day schools and yeshivot across the country. The program offers candidates a unique opportunity to earn a Master of Science in education while earning rabbinic ordination concurrently. This program is an approved co-requisite for RIETS students.
Students in the Smicha Student Master’s Program pursue their educational studies in years three and four of smicha. Students in smicha take two night classes in the fall and two in the spring of their third year. They take two methods electives during the summer (available online). During their fourth year, students complete four more evening classes (two and two), along with PEP. Though the coursework is in the evening, PEP takes place during the day on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in pre-determined school placements. Student teaching runs until 2:00 p.m., and students are free to attend Afternoon Seder from 3:00-6:00 p.m.
The Online Master’s Program allows Jewish educators who are outside of the New York–New Jersey area to complete a master’s in Jewish education from wherever they may be. This program is available to students who live more than 50 miles from Yeshiva University. Students who live closer than that may be allowed to join the program (decisions will be made case by case) but will not be eligible for scholarship.
Unlike many of our other programs, students do not follow a cohort model. The same coursework is required, but it can be taken at the student’s pace, based on the availability of online courses each semester. Student teaching in this program is completed after the core coursework is completed.
The new Azrieli-Revel Dual Degree (ARDD) Program allows students to work concurrently toward an MS at Azrieli Graduate School and an MA at Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies (with some courses counting toward both degrees). The program is designed to provide aspiring Jewish educators with high-level professional preparation in both methods and content, by combining the discipline of pedagogy in Jewish education at Azrieli with the acquisition of a level of expertise in academic Jewish studies at Revel.
The structure of the dual program regarding earning a master’s degree in education is the same as that of any of Azrieli’s one-year master’s programs, except that Revel courses can be taken in lieu of the two content area methods electives. All 30 core credit requirements of the master’s program must still be completed at Azrieli, and students must still complete a full year of student teaching and their school placements. Students must apply independently both to Azrieli’s MS program and Revel’s MA program.
For details regarding how to complete the Master of Arts in Jewish studies degree, please contact the Bernard Revel School of Jewish Studies directly.