The Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program welcomes men and women of all ages and from all faith, educational and professional backgrounds. Our distinguished graduate faculty leads courses that equip graduates for many facets of interreligious and multicultural relations, dialogue and diplomatic encounters.
All applicants to the M.A. in Jewish-Christian Studies (JCST) Graduate Program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and must provide the following:
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended, submitted in a sealed envelope directly from the school.
- Three letters of recommendation sent directly from the reference (the invitations for the recommendations become available on the application's Overview page once the actual application has been submitted).
- A 750-1000 personal statement that explains how your personal, professional and/or academic background influenced your decision to pursue your chosen career and how and why the pursuit of a graduate education through the Jewish-Christian Studies program at Seton Hall University will assist you in achieving your goals.
- A current resume or curriculum vita
Additionally, an interview or suitable correspondence with the program’s director to determine the objectives of the student in relation to the resources of the department is required.
International Graduate Applicants must also provide official scores attained on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). To learn more about this and other additional international graduate admissions requirements, such as student visas, visit the Office of Graduate Applications.
Preferably applications should be made by July 1 for the Fall semester and November 1 for the Spring semester, although they are accepted year-round.
Qualified students with proof of a bachelor's degree may take up to 12 credits prior to applying for matriculation status in the degree program.
Financial Aid Information
The Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies
The Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies, founder of the Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program, has awarded more than $1 million in scholarship grants since 1975. The Institute’s scholarship recipients compose an international body of students from around the world and come from various walks of life. Many have continued their graduate studies and/or have earned their doctoral degrees in various scholarly fields at schools such as Fordham University, Jewish Theological Seminary, McGill University, The Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas and UC Berkley. Visit the Institute's website to learn more about the various scholarship awards they offer.
Sister Rose Thering Fund
The Sister Rose Thering Fund was founded in 1993 to provide tuition support for teachers that want to take courses in Jewish-Christian Studies. The program is ideal for teachers of all levels that want to bring greater religious and historical insights back to their classrooms to share with their students. The Jewish-Christian Studies program also helps teachers fulfill the New Jersey mandate requiring Holocaust education in all state schools. Click here to learn more about the scholarship opportunities available through the Sister Rose Thering Fund.
G.I. Bill Yellow Ribbon Program
Eligible veterans and active duty military personnel will receive a considerable contribution toward their tuition from the Veterans Administration and Seton Hall University. To learn more about this program and the eligibility requirements go to the GI Bill Website or contact Garland Foster, a financial aid representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 275-2597.
Addition Financial Resources
Click here for a summary of the federal, state and private loan options and graduate assistantships that are available for graduate students.