Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Leadership in Jewish Education & Communal Service (M.A.) 

Application Deadlines

Spring 2023 Summer 2023 Fall 2023

Priority Deadline: Nov. 1

Final Deadline: Jan. 7

Final Deadline: May 1

Priority Deadline: June 15

Final Deadline: Aug. 15

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university*
  • Minimum of a B average: overall GPA of 3.0/4.0

*See exceptions to policy in Graduate Admissions.

Application Materials (Applicants with Bachelor's Degree)

  • Towson University graduate school application with required fee
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Statement of Intent: a one page essay describing your academic and professional goals and how this degree program can help you achieve those goals
  • Sample of Work: a written sample of an academic research paper, thesis chapter, lesson plans, or another type of field-related writing sample, no more than 20 pages
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one from an academic source (email addresses of recommenders must be entered on application)
  • Current resume

Other Items:

  • Applicants must be available for an interview with the director, in person or by phone
  • Applicants from other countries are subject to the same requirements for admission as are applicants from the U.S. Applicants from countries where English is not the language of university-level instruction will be required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). JCS prefers a minimum score of 223 (computer-based) and 84-85 (internet-based). For information about testing center locations, please visit the TOEFL website.
  • Applicants from other countries will be required to demonstrate proof of funding in order to obtain a visa to attend school in the United States. This information is not required for admissions consideration.

The graduate school application may be completed online. Other admission materials should be sent to the Graduate School Office, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252

Admission Requirements (B.A. to M.A. Program)

The B.A. to M.A. degree program in Family Science and Jewish Communal Services is designed to allow students to complete both the undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. It includes 9 units taken during the summer terms.

  • Acceptance into Towson University with a declaration of the Family Science major

Requirements for the transition into the M.A. component of the program

  • Completion of 90 units (may include enrollment and transfer units)
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 by the end of the spring term preceding transition to the M.A. component of the program
  • Completion of the following courses with a grade of "B" or better: Statistics (MATH 231, MATH 237, ECON 205, or PSYC 212), FMST 301 and FMST 302

Non-immigrant international students: See additional information in International Graduate Admissions.

How to Apply 

  • Complete the Towson University online Graduate Application.
  • International graduate students may have additional admission and application requirements. See information about how to apply.