Graduate Diploma in Advanced Hebrew and Jewish Studies


The program of study allows students enrolled in a graduate program at York University to specialize formally in Jewish Studies and to be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Jewish Studies by the Faculty of Graduate Studies upon completion of all degree and diploma requirements.

The Diploma is intended to give recognition to those students who have undertaken a concentrated research and study program in the area of Jewish Studies. It is designed to provide students with interdisciplinary Jewish Studies methodologies. The Diploma will be of special interest to students engaged in research in Jewish education, culture, and history, and in Israel and international relations.

The Diploma will be earned concurrently with the Master’s or Doctoral degree program for which a student is registered. For those students who successfully complete both the degree program and the Diploma, the Diploma will be noted on the student’s transcript and awarded at the convocation at which the degree is awarded. According to Faculty of Graduate Studies policy, this Diploma cannot be earned independently of a degree.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the Diploma must first be admitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies as candidates for a Master’s or Doctoral degree in any of the existing graduate programs at York University.

Candidates will formally register for the Diploma following registration in the degree program at the time they define their program of study.  Application is made to the Diploma Coordinator at the Centre for Jewish Studies by filling out the Application for Graduate Diploma Jewish Studies.

Diploma Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the program or Faculty requirements, students must satisfy the following requirements in order to receive the Diploma:


The Graduate Seminar in Jewish Studies JUDS 6000 3.0 must be successfully completed (see course description below).


A major research paper, thesis, or dissertation on a topic approved by the Diploma Coordinator.  It is expected that the main supervisor will be a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies in the student’s home department who is affiliated with the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Hebrew and Jewish Studies.  This paper normally serves as the major research paper, thesis, or dissertation used to fulfill the requirement of the Master’s or Doctoral program in which the student is registered.


Students must demonstrate competence in Hebrew appropriate to the particular field as established by examinations set by the Diploma Coordinator.  In some circumstances, students will be required to demonstrate competence in Yiddish, Ladino, or Judaeo-Arabic as well as Hebrew.  In rare cases, where appropriate, they may be allowed to substitute Yiddish, Ladino, or Judaeo-Arabic for Hebrew.

Israel Study

Ph.D. students will be expected to spend the equivalent of two semesters in Israel doing course work or supervised fieldwork, usually while affiliated with an Israeli university.  Master’s students will be expected to spend the equivalent of one semester in Israel doing course work or supervised fieldwork, usually while affiliated with an Israeli university.  Exceptions to this requirement will be made at the discretion of the Diploma Coordinator.

Israel Study Scholarships


Two half courses in Jewish Studies (in addition to the seminar described below), either in the form of reading courses or courses from a list approved by the Diploma Coordinator.  Graduate courses at an Israeli university may be accepted in fulfillment of this requirement.  The two half courses may be counted towards the coursework required for the degree.

Graduate Seminar in Jewish Studies JUDS 6000 3.0

A thematic and methodological introduction to Jewish Studies.  Open to students enrolled in the Diploma in Jewish Studies or the Diploma in Advanced Hebrew & Jewish Studies.

The Seminar in Jewish Studies serves as an introduction to Jewish Studies, offering students a thematic and methodological survey of the field.  The seminar meets for a total of 36 hours over two or three terms.  Students complete a research project which may serve as a basis for the major research paper.

The Seminar is an interdisciplinary, half course (3 credits), open only to Diploma candidates.  Students explore the problematics of the question, “What is Jewish Studies?”, focusing on the historical development and contemporary dimensions of the field through an interdisciplinary, integrating perspective.  Through a series of presentations, students will have the opportunity to meet faculty members engaged in different areas of Jewish Studies research.  Students will be expected to present their own works in progress, as they proceed towards the completion of their seminar paper.

Generally, students working on a Master’s degree would take the Seminar in Jewish Studies in their first year and their work in Israel in the second year of their program.  Alternative timetables are possible, if approved by the Diploma Coordinator.  Students working on their Ph.D. degree may choose the best time to fulfill the Diploma requirements subject to approval by the Diploma Coordinator.


Professor Sara R. Horowitz
Director, Graduate Diploma Program
7th Floor, Kaneff Tower, Rm. 755
York University
(416) 736-2100 x 77097