Jewish Studies (M.A.)

Immerse yourself in the texts, culture, and study of Judaism as you broaden your understanding of the scope of the Jewish experience.

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This master’s program consists of a five-course core sequence and a major in one of five fields: biblical and ancient Near Eastern civilization, rabbinic literature, Jewish thought and mysticism, or Jewish history. Program graduates successfully pursue doctoral programs or positions in the professional or academic arena.



Our faculty include prominent scholars and educators with credentials in a key areas of Jewish studies, Jewish communal service and Jewish education. Faculty research and publications cover the areas of Jewish thought and mysticism, the archaeology of ancient Israel, Second Temple period literature and history, Rabbinic thought and literature, biblical and ancient Near Eastern civilization, European Jewish history, informal and formal Jewish education.

Why Towson University?

  • Specializations: Explore Jewish History, Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Civilization, Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Rabbinic Literature and American Jewish Culture.
  • Learning Communities: Small, welcoming classes foster collaboration with faculty and peers.
  • Expert Faculty: Our faculty-mentors are prominent scholars and educators recognized for their research in key areas of Jewish studies, communal service and education.
  • Baltimore Hebrew Institute (BHI): Our on-campus institute offers special programs and activities, scholarships and community enrichment.

Admission and Degree Requirements

View admission and degree requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Course Descriptions

View course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.

Baltimore Hebrew Institute Judaic COllection

The Joseph Meyerhoff Library is located on the second floor of Towson University's Cook Library as the BHI Judaic Collection. It contains over 70,000 volumes and an important rare book collection. This is the largest Judaica library in the Southeast.

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Contact Information

Benjamin Fisher, Ph.D.
College of Liberal Arts
Room 4226
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.