May 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Jewish Thought MA

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The MA in Jewish Thought, a comprehensive, 30-credit program, provides advanced training in the intellectual and spiritual history of Judaism, with special emphasis on medieval, modern and contemporary thought. You will explore both classical and modern texts, and examine authors and philosophers who have an impact on the field. These authors and texts will be read closely to discover original ideas, the conceptual and historical relations of these ideas and thinkers to one another, and their relation to the broader intellectual issues of their times and our times.

Required Core (18 credits)

Advanced Late Antique & Medieval Jewish Texts (3 credits)

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Classical & Contemporary Jewish Philosophers (3 credits)

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Literature of Mysticism (3 credits)

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Secular Jewish Literature (3 credits)

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Special Topics (3 credits)

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Electives & Culminating Experience (12 credits)


Number of elective credits may vary depending on choice made to complete the culminating experience. Be sure to complete enough elective credit to reach 30 minimum total credit hours. 

  • Select a minimum of 6 credits from graduate level JDS courses. 

Culminating Experience: Project or Thesis (6 credits)

Total Credit Hours: 30

3.0 Degree GPA required


Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Part Time

Credits Required

  • 30 Hours


  • 2 Years

Application Fee

  • $75

Admission Tests **

  • GRE

Program Contact

Alison Blaszak
338 Academic Center
Buffalo, NY 14261
Phone: 716-645-0466
Fax: 716-645-2225

SED Statement

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

** At least one of the admissions tests are required for admission. Test and score requirements/exceptions vary by program. Contact the department for details.

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