The Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program welcomes men and women of all ages and from all faith, educational and professional backgrounds. Our distinguished 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 JCST 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.
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.
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 international graduate admissions requirements, visit the Office of Graduate Applications.
Seton Hall Scholarships and Financial Aid
The Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies
The Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies 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. Visit the Institute's website to learn more about the various scholarship awards they offer.
Sister Rose Thering Fund
The Sister Rose Thering Fund (SRTF) awards tuition scholarships to educators who seek the Certificate in Jewish-Christian Studies or who take courses to fulfill the New Jersey mandate for having teaching knowledge of the Holocaust. Click here to apply to the SRTF.
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.
Seton Hall University Discounts
Seton Hall University offers a 50% discount to graduate students who are members of the clergy and to full-time lay professional educators employed in Roman Catholic dioceses in New Jersey, including teachers, principals, and central office administrators.
The Religious Discount Application must be submitted every year along with a letter from the student's order verifying eligibility.
- Catholic School Teacher Discount
To be considered for the discount, students must complete the application and submit it to SHU Office of Financial Aid, along with a letter from the student's principal verifying employment. The Teacher Discount Application must be submitted every year.
Additional Financial Resources
Click here for a summary of the federal, state and private loan options and graduate assistantships that are available for graduate students.
External Scholarships and Financial Aid
American Indian Graduate Center
Provides fellowships to members of a U.S. federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaskan Native Group or persons who possess one-fourth degree (federally recognized) Indian blood. An applicant must be a full-time student pursuing a master's or doctoral degree.
Broome & Allen Scholarship
The Broome & Allen Scholarship is awarded to graduate students of Sephardic origin or those working in Sephardic studies.
Golden Key Graduate Scholar Scholarship Award
Awards $10,000 scholarships for post-baccalaureate or professional study at accredited institutions of higher learning to members of the Golden Key international honor society.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The nation’s largest provider of college financial aid to Latino students, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a diverse range of scholarship programs to applicants of Hispanic heritage.
JACL National Scholarships and Awards Program
Provides scholarships to first-year graduate students who are active members of the national Japanese American Citizens League.
JCC Association Graduate Education Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded to applicants pursuing a master's degree in an area leading to professional careers in Jewish Community Centers.
Korean American Scholarship Foundation
Awards scholarships that range from $1,000 to $5,000 to Korean American graduate students enrolled in M.A. or Ph.D. degree programs.
Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarship Program
Offers American students of Polish descent scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 for graduate studies in any field at colleges and universities in the United States for one academic year.
Leopold Schepp Foundation
The Foundation grants awards up to $8,500 to both full-time undergraduate students enrolled in four year bachelor programs and to full-time graduate students. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Additionally, graduates must be under 40 years of age at the time of application.
Margaret Yardley Fellowship Fund
Provides fellowship grants to women who are New Jersey residents pursuing post-graduate advanced studies at the school of their choice.
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program
Awards merit-based, national-level scholarships to blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico. All scholarships awarded are based on academic excellence, community service and leadership.
Richard M. Weaver Fellowship
The Weaver Fellowship is granted to current graduate students or applicants to graduate schools who have an intention to teach at the college level. Each Weaver Fellow receives a grant of $5,000 and payment of tuition at the school of his or her choice.
Roothbert Fund Scholarships
Provides scholarships to graduate students who are "motivated by spiritual values" and work to foster fellowship among them. Preference will be given to those who can satisfy high scholastic requirements and are considering careers in education.
USHMM Summer Graduate Research Assistantship
The Summer Graduate Research Assistant Program acquaints promising M.A.-level and first-year Ph.D. students with Holocaust studies by encouraging participation in the broad range of scholarly and publicly available educational programs offered by the Museum during the summer months.
Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program
Wexner Graduate Fellowships are awarded to 20 outstanding individuals who seek to prepare themselves through graduate training for careers in the Cantorate, Jewish Education (Davidson Scholars), Jewish Professional Leadership (Davidson Scholars), Jewish Studies, and the Rabbinate. Candidates pursuing master’s degrees must clearly demonstrate his or her intentions to proceed directly into a qualified doctoral program upon completion of the MA degree and a letter of support from an appropriate faculty member.
For additional links to the many scholarships and fellowships relevant to Seton Hall graduate students click here.