David Berger talking

Welcome from the Dean: Memo to Students 

TO:         All BRGS Students

FROM:     David Berger, Dean

DATE:     January 17, 2018

As the spring semester approaches, I invite you to examine the list of courses and the academic calendar that are accessible on this website. The calendar contains information about critically important deadlines with both academic and financial implications. Please study it carefully.


As the calendar indicates, online registration extends from December 5 to January 24. Instructions for online registration appear at the end of this memo. BRGSJS students are urged to avail themselves of this procedure.  

In person registration for the spring semester will take place Thursday January 18; Monday-Wednesday, January 22-24. Hours are listed on the Revel Academic Calendar. The registration process starts in the BRGSJS office (Deans Suite, 3rd floor, Furst Hall). Those students who cannot register online or at the specified time in person should call Ms. Washington at 646-592-4270 during regular office hours to make alternate arrangements.

Continuous Record

Students should be aware that they must have a continuous record at BRGSJS. MA students who have completed the course work but are making up assignments and/or studying for the comprehensive examinations, or students who wish to take a leave of absence, must register in the appropriate category during the regular registration period.

Comprehensive Written Examinations for the MA Degree

Please note the March 23rd deadline for applying for the Comprehensive Examination for the May 2018 degree to be taken on May 9th.The deadline for applying for the Comprehensive Examination and graduation for the September 2018 degree is July 26th.

To take the examination a student must be an active student. This means that one must either be taking regular courses or be registered for Master’s Research. (Active Student status in the spring semester is sufficient to establish eligibility for the September examination.) In addition, the student must have completed all the courses for the MA or be in the process of completing them during the spring semester. Students taking 5000 level courses during the spring that are required in their concentration must receive special permission from the office of the Dean to take the May examination; for the Bible concentration, such permission will generally not be granted. Students with an “Incomplete” on their record are not eligible to take the examination unless they have submitted the work necessary to remove that "Incomplete." The final grade itself does not have to be filed by the date of the examination.


Students who expect to graduate in May 2018 must file an application for the degree by March 23rd. Applications are filed with the Registrar's office. Students should make certain that their academic record is in order. They must also determine that the final transcript documenting their undergraduate degree is on file.


The work for a given semester should normally be completed by the end of that semester, and instructors may require that this procedure be followed. With the instructor's permission, students may take up to an additional semester and a summer to complete their work. In the case of a summer course, the deadline is at the beginning of the following spring semester. Give your work directly to the instructor, an electronic copy must be filed with the office by the appropriate deadline. Fellowships will not be renewed and scholarships will not be granted if work is not submitted within this time frame. In special circumstances, a modest extension may be granted with permission of both the faculty member and the Dean.  Requests for such extensions must be made before the deadline. After the deadline, the course(s) in question may not be completed successfully and will not count toward the degree. Any additional courses that will consequently be needed to complete the degree will not be covered by financial aid.

Withdrawal from courses

Students who wish to withdraw from a course must file the appropriate form at the Revel office. If the form is submitted by February 15th, the course will not appear on the student's record. If it is submitted after this date but no later than March 26th, it will appear on the student's record with a “W”. University policy requires students who drop a course after February 15th to pay tuition for the course. Consequently, those who have already paid for it will not be eligible for a refund. Those who were granted a tuition scholarship for it will be billed.

March 26th is the last day to drop a course. Students who do not file the appropriate form by that date must complete work in the course by the deadline(s) outlined in the section on Incompletes.  

Tuition Scholarships and Fellowships

Unless they have a scholarship and/or fellowship award letter that applies to the full 2017-2018 academic year, MA students wishing to receive an award for spring 2018 must submit a scholarship application. New applicants to the MA program wishing to receive an award for spring 2018 must also file a scholarship application. The applications are available online and in the Revel office.  Please be aware that scholarship funds for the academic year 2017-2018 have been largely committed, and so the availability of new scholarships for the spring semester will be limited.


Students apply for parking through the Security Office at 521 West 185th Street. See the Department of Safety and Security website for more information. Space is limited.

Graduate Student Health Insurance

Please see very important memo below.


As I look at the occasionally harsh formulations in this memo, which purportedly welcomes you to the spring semester at BRGSJS, I am reminded of a cartoon by the renowned political cartoonist Herblock, who wrote in an age that most students will not recall.  In response to a proposal that all immigrants be fingerprinted, he drew an immigration official sitting behind a desk with a big smile on his face and his hand extended to a new immigrant.  In the hand was an open inkpad.  The caption read, “Put ‘er there, pal!”

How do I rectify this rather mixed message?  My first reaction is inspired by the second chapter of the Greek textbook that I used as a YC student in the age of Herblock.  It followed the chapter on the alphabet and dealt with accents.  It began, as I recall all too distinctly, with a paragraph informing the reader that “a word with an acute accent on the ultimate syllable is called an oxytone, on the penultimate syllable—a paroxytone, on the antepenultimate syllable—a proparoxytone; a word with a circumflex accent on the ultimate syllable is a perispomenon, on the penultimate syllable—a properispomenon.”  Even these authors, who were, as the remainder of the book confirmed, among the stellar students of the Marquis de Sade, felt a bit uneasy about this paragraph, and so they tried to make the student-reader feel better with a reassuring concluding sentence.  The best they could do was the following: “These terms, though formidable, will save much laborious periphrasis.” 

I am, then, tempted to conclude this memo by saying, “These instructions, deadlines, and dire warnings, though intimidating, will forfend much existential angst.”

Part of me, however, doubts that this is a very good idea, and so I can only say that I and the BRGSJS faculty and staff genuinely welcome you as you begin or continue your studies here.  Put ‘er there, pal!  



  1. Go to www.yu.edu/myyu
  2. Click on “Faculty, Students and Staff”
  3. Your User ID will begin with the number “8” or “9”.
  4. Your PIN is:
    If this is your first time logging on: you should have received an email with your new random PIN.  You will be prompted to change your PIN once you access the system. The PIN will need to be 6 numbers. You cannot use 123456 or 111111 as a PIN.
    If you did not receive an email: please feel free to contact Bannerweb@yu.edu
    If you have previously logged on: use whatever numbers you chose your first time logging on.
    If you need a new pin: please follow the directions for resetting a pin and one will be emailed to you.
    If you forgot your pin but remember your security question: follow those directions under Forgot Pin?
  5. Click on “Student and Financial Aid.”
  6. Click on “Registration.”
  7. Click on “Add/Drop Classes.”
  8. Choose Term
  9. Proceed through the screens. Once you have entered all the CRNs, remember to click the “Submit Changes” button.

Have a GREAT semester!


Dear YU Graduate Student,


Yeshiva University requires that all graduate students enrolled in programs that require on-campus attendance at the University have adequate health insurance. All students who are registered in a course as part of their Masters or Doctoral degree program must be covered by a health insurance plan that provides access to health care in New York City. Note that only fully on-line programs are exempt from this University requirement. Thus all students receiving one (1) or more credits in a class, practical training, internships, externships, student teaching, counseling or working on their dissertation, and maintenance of matriculation – including those that for zero (0) credits must meet the health insurance requirement.


Gallagher Student Health (GSH) has been selected to administer the student health insurance plan, underwritten by United Healthcare for the 2019-2020 academic year. For details regarding the benefits offered by the plan please visit www.gallagherstudent.com/yeshiva.


Students insured by the University’s student health insurance plan may also enroll their eligible

dependents on a voluntary basis by visiting www.gallagherstudent.com/yeshiva.


Students will be automatically enrolled in the student health insurance plan each year. The premium charge will be billed automatically to your student account unless you submit a waiver (details below).


For each of the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters, you will be billed $2150.50 ($4263.00 annually).


The annual coverage period is August 15, 2019 to August 14, 2020. The website listed below is available right now to process enrollments or waivers.


If you wish to enroll in the student health insurance plan please follow the directions below.


Online Insurance Enrollment Process:


Go to www.gallagherstudent.com/yeshiva.


1. On the left toolbar, click ‘Student Waive/Enroll’.

2. Log in by following the instructions on the website.

3. Click the ‘I want to Enroll/Waive’ button.

4. Follow the instructions to complete the form.

5. Print or write down your reference number.


Students who have their own health insurance coverage that meets certain criteria can waive out of this plan using the instructions below. Waiver requests must be submitted online no later than October 24, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Unfortunately, no deadline extensions or exceptions can be granted.


Please note that in order to waive OUT of the program, the medical insurance you have must meet the following criteria. Your Plan has to (be):


Underwritten by a USA based, North American Company – Meet ACA requirements

Not exclude coverage for: Mental Health, Sports /Athletic participation, outpatient diagnostics, including hospitalization and travel assistance services

Not be an indemnity policy. Must have a network that provides service in the NYC metropolitan area.


Cannot be a plan that is outside the USA and/or an offshore subsidiary of a USA based carrier for the following key reasons:

These plans are considered short term medical products that do not adhere to either federal laws, including the mandates of the affordable care act (ACA)

These plans do not include all New York State mandates and provisions of state law.

The University requires all students to be insured by a Health Plan that is in compliance with all aspects of the Affordable Care Act, including but not limited to Benefits, Customer Protection, underwriting guidelines and State approval by the Division of Insurance for which your policy is filed.


It is important to note that all international students are subject to the University student health insurance requirement for the 2019-20 Academic Year. If the student’s policy does not meet all of the standards above, the waiver request will be denied.


Online Insurance Waiver Process:


1. Go to www.gallagherstudent.com/yeshiva.

2. On the left toolbar, click ‘Student Waive/Enroll’.

3. Log in by following the instructions on the website.

4. Click the ‘I want to Enroll/Waive’ button.

5. Follow the instructions to complete the form.

6. Print or write down your reference number.


Once you have successfully submitted your waiver request you will receive an automated email confirming receipt of your request. Please make sure you have received a submission confirmation email, and print it for your records. Should there be any problems with your waiver, you will need this confirmation email and your waiver verification reference number.


Those students who are granted a waiver will have the health insurance fee removed from their University student account. Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to follow up on the status of their waiver request and to ensure that all information is received by GSH prior to the waiver deadline.


If you wish to enroll your spouse and/or dependent, please follow these directions:


1. Go to www.gallagherstudent.com/yeshiva

2. On the left toolbar, click ‘Dependent Enroll’.

3. Log in by following the instructions on the website.

4. Follow the instructions to complete the form and submit payment.

5. Print or save a copy of the confirmation page.


Thank you.