MA Program

Concentration in the Study of Judaism

Requirements for the Degree

For all candidates within the Department of Religious Studies. UVA's MA concentration in the Study of Judaism is offered as an MA in Religious Studies. The M.A. in Religious Studies, has the following general requirements:

Degree Requirements


The successful completion of 24 credit hours of course work; and the preparation and successful defense of a thesis which exhibits competence in the area of specialization, skill in a given method of study, and an ability to employ resources in the relevant foreign language(s);


The successful completion of 30 credit hours of course work; and the satisfactory performance in a comprehensive examination based upon a reading list approved by the relevant field committee; (The choice between these options is determined in consultation between the student and faculty advisors, and with a view to the student's objectives in graduate study.)

Course Requirements

For candidates concentrating in the Study of Judaism. Candidates are required to pass four Foundational Courses:

  • Within the sub-area of Textuality: one course in Biblical Studies or one course in Rabbinic Literature
  • One course within the sub-area of Practice
  • One course within the sub-area of Thought
  • One course in Jewish history


A reading knowledge of either French or German and either Classical or Modern Hebrew must to be demonstrated by examination (although another language may be substituted under appropriate circumstances and with the approval of the Committee on Graduate Studies).