MPA-MA in Hebrew & Judaic Studies

True tikkun olam requires action. And meaningful action—the kind that really makes a difference—requires tools, skills, and perspective. The dual-degree MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies-MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy (PNP) Program provides the policy, management, and quantitative skills to help you transform your intentions to action with impact.

The program, which can be completed in 2-3 years of full-time study, 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 on top of that a cross-sector, public-affairs-focused skill set, with curricular specializations in advocacy, finance, management and leadership, international development, public policy, and social impact, innovation, and investment. And then there’s NYC—arguably the epicenter of Jewish communal life in North America—and your chance to engage in hands-on experience.


Jason Leivenberg

Jason Leivenberg (MPA-MA 2016)

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

Stefanie Zelkind

Stefanie Zelkind (MPA-MA 2006)

Director, Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program

Justin Rosen Smolen

Justin Rosen Smolen (MPA-MA 2013)

National Director of Youth Programs, Keshet

Total credits required: 63

  • 24 Credits toward the Master of Arts (MA) in Hebrew & Judaic Studies
    • 6 Core credits
      • Recent Developments in Hebrew and Judaic Studies (HBRJD-GA 1004, 3 credits)
      • The Jewish Community (HBRJD-GA 3224, 3 credits)
    • 18 Elective credits
  • 39 Credits toward the Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy 
  • Additional Requirements

Year 1 (33 credits)
Registration residency: GSAS

  • Fall: 12 credits
  • January: 3 credits
  • Spring: 12 credits
  • Summer: 3 credits

Year 2 (21 credits)
Registration residency: Wagner

  • Fall: 10.5 credits
  • Spring: 10.5 credits

Year 3 (9 credits)
Registration residency: Wagner

  • Fall: 9 credits

program directors

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

Associate Adjunct Professor Yehuda Sarna, Co-Director and NYU Wagner faculty advisor


Applicants are required to submit a complete application to each school--NYU GSAS and NYU Wagner. Pending admission by both schools, a student will qualify to join 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.

Students enrolled in dual master's degree programs with other NYU schools are not eligible for NYU Wagner Named Fellowship programs.


Contact Wagner’s dual-degree program advisor, Scott Statland (