York U - Hebrew U Graduate Diploma in Jewish Studies for Educators

The Centre for Jewish Studies offers vibrant and broad-based programs in Jewish studies. Our internationally renowned faculty are dedicated to teaching, research, and community service, shaping the state of knowledge in Jewish studies and offering stimulating public programming relevant to your life.

The partnered York U - Hebrew U. option of the Graduate Diploma in Jewish Studies is designed for teachers and administrators in Jewish schools and those with an interest in Jewish studies. The Diploma will provide an intellectual grounding for professional educational activities and place leadership and teaching in a broader context. Offered by York University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies through the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies, the Diploma is designed for educators looking to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the Diploma must be eligible for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and be accepted by an admissions committee composed of the Diploma Coordinator and members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies affiliated with the Centre for Jewish Studies. Requirements for admission are a B average in the last two years of academic work or equivalent qualifications such as community or professional experience. Mature students with community or professional experience will be able to draw on their expertise to make a unique contribution both to class discussion and to scholarship in the field.

Application Process

Applicants for the Graduate Diploma in Jewish Studies must submit two applications:

  • An online application for the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Under "Program of Study", select "Jewish Studies Graduate Diploma", then click "Apply now".
  • An application for the Graduate Diploma in Jewish Studies available from the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies.

Students may fulfill the requirements of the Diploma through part-time study. Diploma requirements must be completed within four years of enrollment.


Applications should be submitted by April 15th.

Diploma Requirements


At York University, students will take the Graduate Seminar in Jewish Studies plus a minimum of two graduate 3-credit courses in Jewish Studies, either in the form of reading courses or courses approved by the Diploma Coordinator. With the permission of the Diploma Coordinator, one of those may be a graduate course taken in the Faculty of Education. At the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, students will take an intensive graduate course designed for the partnered Graduate Diploma in Jewish Studies. Participants will select courses in consultation with the Diploma Coordinator. Please note that the Graduate Seminar in Jewish Studies is offered in the evening. Other evening courses may be available as well.

Graduate Seminar in Jewish Studies JUDS 6000 3.0

The Graduate Seminar in Jewish Studies (JUDS 6000 3.0) introduces students to graduate level Jewish studies. The seminar meets for a total of 36 hours over two terms. Students explore the complexity of the question, “What is Jewish studies?” focusing on the historical development and contemporary dimensions of the field through an interdisciplinary, integrating perspective. Students will have the opportunity to meet faculty members engaged in different areas of Jewish studies research and to work on their own research paper.


Beyond the requirements of individual courses, Graduate Diploma students will prepare a culminating research paper. This paper must be supervised by a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies affiliated with the Diploma in Jewish Studies, on a topic approved in advance by the Diploma Coordinator.


Students must demonstrate basic general competence in Hebrew as established by examinations set by the Diploma Coordinator. In rare cases, where appropriate, students may be allowed to substitute Yiddish, Ladino, or Judaeo-Arabic for Hebrew. Please note that it may be possible for participants to arrange to study Hebrew in one of the six levels offered in the Ulpan of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, during the summer in which they take the course at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education.

The Diploma requires and ensures that students have language competence appropriate to this program of study. York University has a full range of Hebrew language courses to which students in the Diploma will have access as special students. Courses taken for language competence do not count towards the Diploma Program.