Master in Arts: Jewish Cultural Arts

"The MA in Jewish Cultural Arts is more than a master's degree.  With its combination of coursework and hands-on experience, it's an open invitation to delve into Jewish cultural life and to apply it to today's vibrant community.  This program has not only opened up so many doors for me.  It has also opened my eyes to the power and meaning of public display and performance."

- Elizabeth Livesey, MA '16

"The MA in Jewish Cultural Arts has not only equipped me to be a cultural professional in the American Jewish Community.  It has also prepared me to be an innovator, giving me the confidence to lead a wide array of cultural projects in music, art, film and literature.  More importantly, the program has provided me with the opportunity to explore how culture in all of its forms can be used as a tool for dialogue and understanding.  I emerge from my training with a complex understanding of the contemporary Jewish landscape and ready to utilize the Jewish cultural arts as a way to enrich the community and the world."

- Jennifer 'Gavi' Geller, '17

As opportunities in the cultural sector continue to multiply, this two-year master’s program prepares students for careers in the management of museums, theaters, YMHAs, Jewish community centers, foundations, and Jewish film, dance, literary, and music festivals. The MA is also designed to enhance the skills of professionals already in the field.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Program Director Jenna Weissman Joselit or judaic@gwu.edu.


Program Highlights

The MA in Jewish Cultural Arts combines the practical with the academic, providing students with the hands-on skills and intellectual capital to respond innovatively to new opportunities in the field of Jewish culture. Among the highlights:

  • Internships and cultural collaborations with such prestigious and innovative institutions as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, the DC-JCC, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Theatre J
  • Training in fundraising, brand marketing, fiscal management, and audience development
  • Immersion in the history, ethnography and sociology of Jewish culture

Fellowship Funding Available

The MA in Jewish Cultural Arts has available a number of special funding packages.  For more information, please contact Program Director Jenna Weissman Joselit.

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Admission Requirements

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Fall: Admission is offered on a rolling basis. (April 1 for international applicants requesting a student visa from GW.)

Spring: Admission is offered on a rolling basis. (October 1 for international applicants requesting a student visa from GW.)