Frequently Asked Questions

The University provides a variety of services to simplify our students' academic work and campus experience.  Please click below to find answers to our most frequently asked questions from prospective and current students.

Prospective Students FAQ


I recently graduated college and am looking to study education on a graduate level. I don’t have much classroom experience yet. I see that you have many programs—which is best for me?
The Pre-Service Master’s Program is for you. The program requires a full-time commitment, but you can earn your degree and get rich student teaching experience in only one year!

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I’m going to be a junior in Yeshiva College/Stern College for Women and would love to get a head start on my graduate education studies. Can I start taking graduate courses early? How long would it take to complete the program?
The BA/MS Program allows students to begin graduate studies while completing their bachelor’s degrees. However, students need to be in the final year of their undergraduate studies to qualify for the program. Hang in there for one more year!

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I’m between jobs and thinking about going back to school for a degree in education. What would you recommend?
For you, the Pre-Service Master’s Program is perfect. By devoting just one year to your graduate studies, you can earn your master’s degree and get valuable on-the-job training and classroom experience.

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I’m entering the smicha program and looking for an education program that can also fulfill my RIETS co-requisite requirement. Any suggestions?
Our Smicha Student Master’s Program provides just that: It allows smicha students to continue their rabbinical studies in a rigorous manner while concurrently studying toward a degree in education. However, the program is available only for students entering their third year of smicha and continues through the end of the fourth year. Students finish their four year of smicha with rabbinic ordination and an MS in education. So focus on your smicha studies for the next two years, and we’ll see you in year three!

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What is the application process like?
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 an interview with the program director.
  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
Yeshiva University
Wilf Campus – Belfer Hall 311
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033

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Current Students FAQ


How do I contact the Azrieli Graduate School Office?
The Azrieli Office is located on the Wilf Campus in Belfer Hall, Room 311, and can be reached by phone at 212.960.0186, fax 212.960.0184, or by email at azrieli@yu.edu.

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What is “My YU” (myyu)?
The location on the web where you can access all your student information is www.yu.edu/myyu.

You can view information pertaining to your admission to the program, requirements and forms from the Registrar’s Office and your tuition/bill. You can also log in to My YU to update your contact information, marital status, etc. First-time users will need to create an account by designating a login ID and PIN. See the links below to get started:

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How do I get a YU email account?
Upon admission to Azrieli, students are assigned a Yeshiva University Mail System email account that works through Gmail. To find your login information, go to www.yu.edu/findid. Non-registered students cannot access those accounts which are needed to receive correspondence from the program and to access the Canvas Course Management System. If you prefer to use a different email as your primary email, you must set up your YU email account to forward to your primary email address so that you may still receive important communications from the program.

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What is Canvas?
The primary method of accessing course work and corresponding with the professors is via the Canvas Course Management System. A useful tutorial on Canvas can be viewed here. For access to the system, a user name and password are necessary. Every student requires access to Canvas to proceed in the Azrieli programs.

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How do I get started in Canvas?
To access Canvas, visit https://yu.instructure.com. You will need your Active Directory (AD) credentials (username and password) to login to Canvas. If you don’t know your AD username and password, you can find it here: http://yu.edu/findid
If you have trouble logging into Canvas: Email – canvassupport@yu.eduor phone (212)960-5438
Not sure about your YU Email username or password? Visit www.yu.edu/findid.

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How do I find out what my Student ID # is?
Your personalized ID# will be printed on your acceptance letter. Please memorize and/or keep this number handy as this is the number that the school uses to identify you (very much like a social security number). Keep in mind that this number is different than the number that’s on your picture ID card and should only be shared with faculty or staff members if necessary.

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How do I obtain a Student ID card?
All new students must obtain an ID card through the Security Office located at 521 West 185th Street. ID cards can only be obtained 24-48 hours following the first semester’s registration.

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Do I use my Student ID card for the YU library?
Students must have their ID cards updated from the library in order to access the online library outside of the campus.

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How do I apply for student parking?
Students apply for parking through the Security Office at 521 West 185th Street. See the Department of Safety and Security website for more information.

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How do I register for courses?
An email will be sent to inform you of the dates for registration. You are responsible for emailing eliezer.barany@yu.edu requesting the courses you wish to register for. Upon approval, you will be issued a Registration Access Code (RAC) so you can register online. Go to www.yu.edu/myyu and login to register. If you have difficulty with your log in, please contact bannerweb@yu.edu.

Important: Students must register for courses by the deadline specified on the Academic Calendar. Students not registering for coursework during the fall or spring semesters must retain their student status by registering for a Leave of Absence. Failure to do so will be considered as having withdrawn from the program. A Leave of Absence form can be obtained by sending an email to eliezer.barany@yu.edu. It is the responsibility of each student to abide by the registration deadlines to avoid financial penalties.

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How do I add or drop a course?
Students who wish to add or drop a course following official registration can go to MyYU and drop the course using the same RAC# that was provided for registration. To avoid financial penalties, the student should be sure to follow the deadlines listed on the academic calendar for adding or dropping a course.

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What is a financial hold, and who do I contact to resolve it?
The Registrar’s Office will not register students with financial holds. Students cannot be added to Canvas for a course until they are officially registered. Therefore, any financial hold must be resolved before registration is complete. A student whose registration is not complete will not get a grade even though they may have attended class. The professor is unable to assign a grade to a student who is not registered. Contact the Office of Student Finance with any questions.

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How do I see my grades and transcript?
Log into www.yu.edu/myyu and from the Main Menu, select Student and Financial Aid. Select Student Records to view your grades and transcript.

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Can I obtain a NYS teacher’s license through Azrieli?
Our graduate master's programs are registered and approved by the New York State Education Department Office of Higher Education but do not lead to NYS teaching certification.

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Can I teach in Israel with a degree from Azrieli?
Azrieli master’s graduates may qualify for the teudat hora-ah, teacher certification, from the Israeli Ministry of Education. Please email eliezer.barany@yu.edu for a letter to present to the Ministry upon completion of the degree.

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How do I apply for graduation?
It is the student’s responsibility to apply for graduation once their coursework, student teaching (PEP), portfolio, and mandatory workshops (Child Abuse Identification & Reporting, and SAVE-Violence Prevention and Intervention) are completed. Graduation forms are submitted to Ms. Louisa Wolf, lwolf1@yu.edu, with proof of payment from the Student Accounts Office. Please note applications will not be processed without the accompanying fee.

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I’m getting married and moving. Who do I need to notify about an address or name change?
As part of the registration process, students are required to submit their current mailing address, phone number and email address. In the case of any changes, the student must notify the registrar in addition to the Azrieli Office.

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Does a doctoral student who is working on a dissertation need to register?
Yes! During the spring and fall semesters, doctoral students who are working on their dissertation must register for Doctoral Seminar II. Registering for it will grant student access to the YU library for the semester. Please refer to the Doctoral Handbook for information about time limitations for completion of the dissertation. Doctoral students (those working on dissertations and otherwise) are not required to register for classes during the summer semester.

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I do not want to take courses this semester. How do I maintain my place in my program?
Students should request a Leave of Absence form from eliezer.barany@yu.edu. Students may take up to two consecutive leaves before they must reapply to the program.

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The registration deadline has passed, but I need to register to maintain my place in the program. What should I do?
Please contact the Azrieli Office, azrieli@yu.edu.

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More Questions?

Please contact us at 212.960.0186 or azrieli@yu.edu or check YU's Student Toolkit.