Thirty credits distributed among introductory (survey) and advanced courses in the area of concentration and electives outside that area. The distribution of these courses differs in the various areas of concentration.
All students are required to take a written comprehensive examination in their field of concentration. The examination is based on coursework and a reading list. It is offered at the beginning and end of the fall semester and at the end of the spring semester. Students must be registered for courses or Master's Research during the semester in which they expect to take the comprehensive examination.
In the case of the September examination, this registration requirement can also be fulfilled by registration in the previous spring semester. The student must file for the comprehensive examination by the date appearing in the academic calendar. The comprehensive examination must be taken during or after the semester in which the student completes his or her course work. For students concentrating in Bible, it may not be taken in the same semester in which the student is taking basic courses required for the concentration unless special permission has been obtained from the dean. A student who fails the examination is provided one additional opportunity to pass it.
Optional Master’s Thesis
A student may choose to write a Master’s Thesis. That student’s transcript will record the successful completion of the project. The thesis does not serve as a substitute for the comprehensive examination.
A student planning a thesis will prepare a two page proposal in consultation with his or her advisor. This proposal will describe the project and its contribution, providing a short bibliography of relevant sources. A secondary reader will be appointed by the advisor. Once approved by both the advisor and reader, the thesis proposal will be countersigned by the dean or associate dean.
Once completed and approved by the advisor and reader, a bound copy of the thesis will be cataloged and stored in the Gottesman Library.
The thesis must be completed within six months of the completion of all coursework, except in extenuating circumstances and with permission of the advisor
A minimum of 24 credits must be taken at Revel. Thus, up to 6 credits may be transferred toward the Master of Arts degree from other institutions. These must be master's- or doctoral-level courses taught in accredited graduate programs. The applicability of a course to our master's program is determined on a case-by-case basis. Students registered for 9 credits in a semester are considered full time.
- Approbation of the faculty and president
- Filing an Application for Graduation during the registration period of the semester in which the student completes all requirements
Satisfactory Academic Progress:
Federal regulations now require all institutions to establish, publish, and apply standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for federal financial aid eligibility. Since these must be at least as rigorous as the school’s policy for students not receiving such aid, these regulations effectively mandate the establishment of standards for all students.
The BRGS policy is as follows:
Students are required to complete their degree within five years. All course assignments must be completed within a semester and summer of the completion of a course, though faculty may require more timely submission. Students who have enrolled in 12 credits during their graduate careers must have completed at least 50% successfully in order to remain in good standing. Withdrawals—even without penalty—count in this calculation. Students who have enrolled in 24 credits must have completed at least 75% successfully. To remain in good standing after the completion of 12 credits, a student must have maintained a grade point average of 3.0.
Progress will be reviewed annually.
Students who entered the program before the issuing of these regulations (September 2014) must either meet these deadlines or complete the program by September 2017.
Students who have taken a leave or otherwise experienced special circumstances may request an extension of these deadlines. Students granted such an extension should contact the Office of Student Finance to determine their eligibility for government assistance.
Distribution of Courses for the Various Areas of Concentration
- Introduction to Biblical Studies I & II (6 credits)
- Biblical Hebrew (3 credits)
- 15 credits of advanced courses (numbered 6000 and higher) in Bible
- 6 credits of electives in or outside the field of Bible to be chosen in consultation with the faculty adviser.
Ancient Jewish History
- 6 credits of basic courses (those numbered 5000-5999) in ancient Jewish history
- 12 credits of advanced courses (numbered 6000 and above) in Ancient Jewish History. 6 of these credits may be in Rabbinic Literature of the pre-medieval period with the approval of the Dean in consultation with the department.
- 12 credits of electives in or outside the field of Ancient Jewish History
- At least 6 of the 30 credits comprising the concentration must be in Rabbinic Literature of the pre-medieval period either as advanced courses (with the required permission) or as electives.
Medieval Jewish History
- 6 credits of basic source courses (those numbered 5000-5999) in medieval Jewish history
- 12 credits of advanced courses (numbered 6000 and above) in medieval Jewish history
- 12 credits of electives of which at least 6 must be outside the field of medieval Jewish history
Modern Jewish History
- 18 credits of basic source courses (those numbered 5000-5999), 6 in American, 6 in Eastern European, and 6 in Central/Western European history. The basic course in Jews in Islamic Lands during the modern period may be substituted for one of the basic courses in European History.
- 6 credits of advanced courses (numbered 6000 and above) in modern Jewish History
- 6 credits of electives in or outside the field of modern Jewish history to be chosen in consultation with the faculty adviser.
- Survey of: (1) Medieval Jewish Philosophy and (2) Modern Jewish Philosophy (6 credits)
- An introductory course in: (1) Jewish Mysticism and (2) Hasidism (6 credits)
- 12 credits of advanced courses (numbered 6000 and above) in Jewish philosophy
- 6 credits of electives in or outside the field of Jewish Philosophy to be chosen in consultation with the faculty adviser.
- 6 credits of basic source courses (those numbered 5000-5999) in Talmudic studies
- 12 credits of advanced courses in Talmudic studies
- 12 credits of electives of which at least 6 credits must be outside the field of Talmudic studies
In instances where a student's schedule makes it very difficult to take a required course, substitution of another course may be authorized in writing by the dean in consultation with the relevant department.