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Because of the rigor and intensity of our programs, we are looking for exceptionally strong candidates who have outstanding academic records, significant Jewish backgrounds and experience, and indications of professional preparedness. Candidates are expected to satisfy all the standards for admission to the graduate programs of HUC-JIR, including a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA and an above average score in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT if applying to the MBA dual masters program with USC. In addition to a strong academic background, we are looking for effective communication skills, both oral and written, a record of involvement in Jewish life, including Israel experience, and highly developed interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence. Prior work experience is preferred. Students who have not completed the equivalent of one year of college-level Hebrew prior to enrollment will be required to take a non-credit course in "Introductory Hebrew for Jewish Professionals" to fulfill the Hebrew requirement.

How to Apply

Part 1 of the application can be filled out and submitted online at Part 1. Before filling out Part 2, it is recommended that applicants contact the Director of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management on the Los Angeles campus by emailing or calling 213-765-2117 to schedule a preliminary interview either by phone or in person. Applicants are encouraged to spend time on campus attending classes, meeting with students and professors, exploring the library, and discovering the academic, artistic, and interpersonal ambience of HUC (and USC, if applying for a dual degree).

The application includes: official academic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions, four letters of reference, and a personal statement . Completed applications are due by Monday, February 10, 2014. If approved, a formal interview by an Admissions Committee composed of the Director, Associate Director, and representatives of the student body, alumni, faculty and lay leadership will be scheduled during the week of March 17th.

For more information on the ZSJNM admissions process, please visit the HUC Admissions page.

Applicants interested in a dual degree at USC must complete a separate application at USC. Please check with the relevant USC department for their admissions requirements and application procedures.