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The Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service degree program at Gratz College is designed for students that are interested in a career within the field of Jewish communal service. The program provides to students the option of customizing their courses by completing one of two tracks, the Standard Track or the Non-Profit Management Track. Graduates of the program may find careers as a youth director, family life coordinator, program director, and human resource worker. In addition, graduates may find work within settings such as Jewish community centers, synagogues, Hillels, Jewish summer camps and Jewish federations.
The Standard Track requires the student to complete a total of 37 credits. The 37 credits are divided into 19 Jewish Communal Service Professional Course credits, 15 Jewish Studies Course credits, and a 3-credit fieldwork requirement. Some courses that will be offered within the Standard Track are New Directions in the American Jewish Community, The Jewish Family: Institution in Transition, and Seminar in Jewish Communal Service.
The 46-credit Non-Profit Management Track is designed to be a dual credential program that offers the Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service degree as well as the Non-Profit Management Specialization. The 46 credits are divided into 28 JCS Professional Core Courses credits, 15 Jewish Non-Profit Management credits, 12 Jewish Studies credits, and a three-credit fieldwork requirement. Some Jewish Non-Profit Management courses are Marketing & Promoting the Jewish Organization, Organization Behavior, and Administrative Management.
In addition to the required courses, students within each track must also complete a 600-hour internship within a Jewish organization. Students may find internships with Jewish organizations such as the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia, and the American Friends of the Weitzmann Institute.
Students within the program are required to show proficiency in the Hebrew language. If a student has not completed six undergraduate credits at the equivalent level for Hebrew proficiency, they may satisfy the requirement through the College’s regular academic Hebrew program or through Ulpan courses within the Continuing Education program. Alternatively, students may be exempt from the requirement if they pass the Hebrew proficiency exam.
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