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Towson University is one of five higher education institutions nationwide that offers
a master’s in Jewish education and communal service. The program prepares students
for careers as professional leaders for the Jewish community through a combination
of leadership training, communal service and practical field experience. The interdisciplinary
curriculum combines courses in leadership, education, non-profit management, communal
service, Jewish studies and an internship experience tailored to each student.
About the Program
The program emphasizes the development of effective communication, critical analysis,
and flexible thinking skills. Core components include five graduate Jewish studies
courses, six professional courses, a supervised internship and practicum seminar.
You’ll choose from two concentrations:
- The education concentration prepares you to share your knowledge of your faith in
a variety of teaching and learning settings.
- The communal professional concentration focuses on the development of leadership and
Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions
View admission and degree requirements and course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.
Five-year Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Program
Students enrolled in the Towson University family science major may apply for admission
to this B.A. to M.A. program and complete both degrees in 5 years. Students in the
program begin graduate course work during their senior year by taking 9 units of 500/600
level courses that count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Another
nine units are taken during the summer terms.
Dual Degree Options
Master of Social Work and Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service
The Master of Social Work and Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service
is a dual-degree program offered by Towson and the University of Maryland. The program
will prepare you for careers in the Jewish community in areas such as federations
(planning, campaign, and resource development); community relations councils (Jewish
advocacy and community organizations); Jewish community center work (group work, programming,
youth work, and administration); and Jewish family services (clinical social work).
Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service and Jewish Studies
The Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service and Jewish Studies is a 59-unit
program that prepares professionals and educators to lead the Jewish community of
the 21st century. Students are immersed in Jewish classics and humanities, develop
an understanding of the scope of the Jewish experience, and prepare to become effective
and knowledgeable Jewish educators.
- Small classes taught by experienced faculty give you a real opportunity to interact
with your instructors and fellow classmates.
- Students pursue careers in organizations that include the Jewish Federation, Hillel,
Jewish Community Centers, social service agencies, Jewish schools, synagogues and
- The Baltimore Hebrew Institute, located in Towson’s College of Liberal Arts, is dedicated
to advancing knowledge through a range of Judaic studies programs at Towson.