Dedicated to its Jewish heritage, non-profit Gratz College aims to serve as a “vital force for Jewish education” by “training teachers and leaders” worldwide with the means of innovative technology. The school was founded in Pennsylvania in 1895 and has continued to promote Jewish studies by offering bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, both professional and nonprofessional, in addition to degrees in education, and certificates of study specializing in fields of Holocaust and Genocide, Jewish education, music and communal studies. Gratz’s programs of study facilitate an increased knowledge and understanding of significant Jewish events and perceptions for educators, museums, religious and community professionals and other interested learners. In addition, graduate programs like Educational Technology allow educators to work at the top of their field and the Adult Jewish Learning program provides opportunities for adult students to enrich their knowledge through four-to-twelve week courses in various Jewish Studies subjects.
Gratz College retains approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, as well as the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Gratz also has been accredited by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the State of Israel and is a partner with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
Applicants to Gratz College must submit official transcripts, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, along with a current resume. The application also requires short-answer essays. Doctoral applicants will need to submit additional writing samples and complete an in-house or SKYPE interview. Undergraduate students must post a “C” average while post-graduate students must have a 3.0 GPA minimum. Typical programs, like the Jewish Studies or Jewish Education degrees offer the option of in-house, online, or blended learning. Certificates at the graduate level require 18 credits while the master’s degree program requires 36 credit hours. For online assistance to answer any questions, prospective students can contact the Gratz College Online and Distance Learning Staff or seek help via Webstudy, Inc., Gratz’s twenty-four hour help line.
Tuition and fees vary according to degrees. Graduate course work costs $2500 per course while undergraduate courses cost $2150 each, both with additional application, technology and registration fees. Non-matriculated online programs vary in cost. For example, the Hebrew online program is $550 or $980 for two semesters and costs of a Gratz alumni auditor online course is $499. Financial aid is available through federal and state aid programs and institutional and private dollars. The college also offers institutional scholarships, like the Abraham Getman Holocaust Memorial Scholarship for applicable students.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:N/A
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