How to Apply

The Graduate School of Jewish Studies has rolling admissions for Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters. 

Here’s what you’ll need to get started on an M.A. or Ph.D. in Jewish Studies:

Note: These instructions apply to the Queens & Manhattan locations. Apply for the History of the Holocaust program on the Touro College Berlin site.

You’ll need:

  • Completed online application 
    Program code: MJNY
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Sample of written work
  • Application fee of $50 (non-refundable)
  • Official academic transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work sent by the issuing institution

Supplementary materials (e.g., testing data) may be requested if deemed necessary by the Committee on Admissions.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or to request an appointment.


We want to get to know you beyond who you are on paper. A designated representative of the Graduate School of Jewish Studies will contact all eligible applicants for a personal interview.

International Students

Programs within the U.S.: Applicants who require an F-1 visa should submit an Affidavit of Support form to the International Student Office promptly to ensure timely processing.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit (up to six credits) is accepted for approved courses from regionally accredited graduate programs, with a minimum grade of B.

To be considered for transfer, graduate courses must appear on an official transcript issued by the institution where they were taken, and show a transferable letter grade received. 

Deferral of Admission

Students may defer their admission for up to two years from the date of application. Requests for deferral of admission must be made in writing.


Applicants who applied to Touro College more than two years ago but never enrolled should use the main application to reapply. The Office of Admissions retains incomplete applications and applications from those who were admitted but did not enroll for only two years.