Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the Field of Experiential Jewish Education

GW’s program in experiential education and Jewish cultural arts, the only master’s degree of its kind in the United States, offers an intensive 13-month, cross-disciplinary curriculum in Jewish cultural arts, experiential Jewish education, and museum education. At GW, content and creativity go hand in hand.  

Experiential Jewish education courses provide the tools to integrate Jewish culture and the arts into the lives of contemporary audiences. Museum education courses offer a hands-on approach to experiential education through site visits and projects.

The program prepares the next generation of professionals and cultural leaders in Jewish museums, JCCs, college campus organizations, foundations, summer camps, and Jewish cultural arts management.

Visit the program website for additional information. 

Admission deadlines: Summer – Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-basd tuition support)
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.
Additional requirements: A resumé is required.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - https://graduate.admissions.gwu.edu/international-student-application-requirements - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
gsehdadm@gwu.edu ~ 202-994-9283 (phone) ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits, including 9 credits in required core courses, 9 credits in specialization courses, and 12 credits in elective courses.

Core courses
EDUC 6810Paideia and Jewish Education
EDUC 6803Introduction to Experiential Jewish Education
EDUC 6804Applied Research in Experiential Jewish Education
Specialization
Students complete one of the 9-credit streams outlined below or another combination of courses totalling 9 credits selected in consultation with the program advisor.
Jewish cultural arts stream
JSTD 6201Jewish Life in Contemporary America
JSTD 6202Multiple Lives: The Fate of Jewish Cultural Expression
JSTD 6211Displaying Jewish Culture: Landmark Exhibitions on Judaism and the Jewish Experience
Israel education stream
EDUC 6811Foundations of Contemporary Israel
EDUC 6812American Jews and Modern Israel
EDUC 6813The Israel Educational Experience
Social justice and community engagement stream
JSTD 6201Jewish Life in Contemporary America
EDUC 6806Jews, Social Justice, and Activism
MGT 6285Social Entrepreneurship (or approved elective)
Electives
12 credits selected from the following:
EDUC 6805Capstone in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts
EDUC 6807Fieldwork in Experiential Jewish Education
and/or 6 to 12 credits of approved professional or academic specialization courses selected in consultation with the program advisor.