MPA-MA in Hebrew & Judaic Studies

All the beautiful intentions of hesed are simply not enough. True tikkun olam requires action. And meaningful action—the kind that really makes a difference—requires tools, skills, and perspective. We get that. We live that. If you do, too, then the dual degree MPA Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy (PNP) Program-MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies is your obvious next step.

The program, which can be completed in 2.5-3 years, is offered jointly by NYU Wagner and the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS). It draws from three incomparable sources of learning: The Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies within GSAS provides a deep investigation of Jewish identity, history, and values. NYU Wagner layers over that cross-sector, public-affairs-focused skill sets in management, finance, and policy. And then there’s NYC—arguably the epicenter of Jewish communal life in North America—and your chance to engage in hands-on experience. Together, we’ll help you move from intentions to plans, plans to implementation, implementation to impact.


Jason Leivenberg

Jason Leivenberg (MPA-MA 2016)

Senior Vice President, NuRoots at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

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Stefanie Zelkind

Stefanie Zelkind (MPA-MA 2006)

Director, Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program

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Justin Rosen Smolen

Justin Rosen Smolen (MPA-MA 2013)

National Director of Youth Programs, Keshet

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program directors

Professor Elisha Russ-Fishbane, Co-Director and Skirball faculty advisor

Professor David Elcott, Co-Director and NYU Wagner faculty advisor


Applicants are required to apply to each school. Once admitted to both schools, a student will qualify for the dual-degree program. It is acceptable to use the same letters of recommendation for both applications, but please tailor your personal statements to the respective schools. At least two letters of recommendation for your Skirball application must be academic. 

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(1.5 or 3 credits per course)
(3 or 4 credits per course)

Wagner School-Wide Core Requirements (15 credits)






Financial Management (3cr)

Introduction to Public Policy (3cr)

Management and Leadership (3cr)

Microeconomics (3cr) 

Statistical Methods (3cr)


Dual Degree Requirements (3 credits & 6 Skirball credits)

Taub Seminar (3cr)

The Jewish Community:  Classical Institutions (3cr)

Recent Developments in Judaic Studies (3cr)

MPA Specialization Requirements (12 to 16.5 credits)

4 or more courses, based on MPA PNP Program specializations


Capstone (3 credits)

Advanced team project paired with two Capstone courses (1.5cr each)


Electives (1.5 to 6 Wagner credits & 18 Skirball credits)

Elective coursework in Wagner, outside of Core, Specialization, and Capstone requirements

Elective coursework in GSAS

Comp Exam Requirement


Comprehensive Exam, Hebrew Proficiency, and MA Essay        

Actual Credits



Shared Credits

6 (credits from GSAS)

   6 (credits from Wagner)