Program Requirements

Each applicant is viewed as a unique
individual. You must be able to meet
our requirements by June of
the summer you intend to enroll:
  • A BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university
  • An academic record reflecting the ability to do graduate work at a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or above on a four-point scale
  • Students with a GPA of a 3.0 or above from a previous institution do not need to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. However, students with a GPA below 3.0 will need to submit GRE scores.
  • International applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), now an internet-based test (IBT). International applicants must have a working knowledge of English and a score of at least 90 on the TOEFL, with at least 22 on each constituent part.
  • A readiness for graduate study, including the capacity to meet the intellectual, ethical, and emotional demands of graduate school.
  • A serious commitment to Jewish communal life, learning and values.
  • An ability to engage in abstract reasoning, to think analytically and conceptually, and to formulate mature, independent judgments.
  • An ability to speak and write clearly and articulately.

Application process

Thank you for your interest
in applying to the Zelikow School.
Applications will open soon
for the Summer 2020 session.
  • Start your process with Part 1 of our application containing a few basic questions about contact and and educational background information. Once you submit Part 1, you are officially in our system as an applicant.
  • Applicants concurrently enrolled at HUC-JIR and applying for the Certificate program, please visit this page for application instructions.
  • Before filling out Part 2 of the application, we recommend that applicants contact us to set up a conversation and/or a visit. We’d love to show you around campus, bring you into a classroom experience, set you up for a chat with a student and/or professor. This will help you learn if the Zelikow School is a great match for you (and USC, if you’re applying for a dual degree).
  • This is the bulk of your application, which includes in-depth questions about your desire to pursue this professional degree. Once you have submitted Part 1, you will receive an email with login instructions for Part 2. You can return to edit this application at any time.
  • This is your chance to share why this is the right place for you
    • Long Essay, in no more than 7 pages, please cover the following topics: Personal Background, Jewish Identity, Academic Background, Work Experience, Professional Goals
    • Short Essay: In no more than 3 pages, describe a major issue confronting the American or world Jewish community and explain why you think it is a problem?
  • 4 Letters of Recommendation- there’s a link to the Recommender form in the application portal. Please include at least one reference from each category below.
    • Professional Reference: You are encouraged to select a current or previous supervisor of paid or volunteer work (MSOLI applicants must submit a reference from a current supervisor.)
    • Academic Reference: This can be a college professor or instructor with whom you have engaged in serious academic study. If you have been out of school for 5+ years, adult or informal education instructors work too.
    • Jewish Life Reference: If you know a graduate of the Zelikow School, this is a great place to include them.
  • Transcripts (From all past institutions of higher learning)
  • GRE scores (Only required for candidates with GPA below a 3.0 from previous academic institution)
  • Resume
  • Photo
  • Interview in-person (or via video conference) with a panel of Administrators, Faculty, Alumni and lay leaders from the Zelikow School. This helps us to assess who you are as a person, and allows you to present yourself “off the page”. This is also a chance to ask questions of various Zelikow School stakeholders. There is space on Part 2 of the application to indicate your availability.

Applications will open soon for the Summer 2020 session.
For more detailed information on the application process,
contact Melissa Garai at 213-765-2173 or


RoundOnline Application SubmittedInterview Dates
OneNovember 1, 2019December 2-5, 2019
TwoJanuary 15, 2020February 10-13, 2020
ThreeMarch 1, 2010March 30- April 2, 2020

Program Costs

MAJNM* (24 months) 
Cost of Attendance $53,350
Enrollment Confirmation Fee$200
Total Tuition (before Scholarships)$51,000
Student Activity Fee$50
USC Health Fee- Fall/Spring$1,396
USC Health Fee- Summer$504
Graduation Fee$200
MSOL (14 Months) 
Cost of Attendance $38,927
Enrollment Confirmation Fee$200
Total Tuition (before Scholarships)$38,250
Student Activity Fee$25
USC Health Fee- Summer$252
Graduation Fee$200
Certificate* (7 weeks) 
Cost of Attendance $13,402
Enrollment Confirmation Fee$200
Total Tuition (before Scholarships)$12,750
USC Health Fee - Summer$252
Graduation fee$200

Courses taken at USC will be billed per credit hour based on USC tuition rates. ZSchool Dual Degree students receive 25% off their USC tuition

Financial Aid

We believe cost should not be a limiting factor for those wanting to pursue a Jewish professional career. We provide generous scholarships of up to 80%.


 Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management Calendar 

*Denotes days off


Summer 2019

Wed-Fri, June 26-28: Summer Bootcamp & Orientation

Mon, July 1: First day of summer classes

Fri, August 9: Last day of summer classes & Culmination Celebration


Fall 2019

Mon, August 26: First day of classes

Mon, September 2: Labor Day*

Mon-Tue, September 30-October 1: Rosh Hashanah*

Tue, October 8: Kol Nidre* (end at noon)

Wed, October 9: Yom Kippur*

Mon-Tue, October 14-15: Sukkot*

Thu-Fri, October 17-18: Fall Recess*

Mon, October 21: Shmini Atzeret*

Tue, October 22: Simchat Torah*

Wed-Sun, November 27-December 1: Thanksgiving Holiday*

Fri, December 6: Last day of classes

Sat-Tue, December 7-10: Study Days

Wed-Wed, December 11-18: Exams

Thu-Sun, December 19-January 12: Winter Recess*


Spring 2020

Mon, January 13: First day of classes

Mon, January 10: Martin Luther King’s Birthday*

Mon, February 17: Presidents’ Day*

Sun-Sun, March 15-22: Spring Recess*

Wed-Thu, April 8-9: Pesach (first 2 days)*

Wed Thu, April 15-16: Pesach (last 2 days)*

Fri, May 1: Last day of classes

Sat-Tue, May 2-5: Study Days

Wed-Wed, May 6-13: Exams

Sun, May 17: HUC Ordination

Mon, May 18: HUC Graduation


Summer 2020

Wed-Fri, June 24-26: Summer Bootcamp & Orientation

Mon, June 29: First day of summer classes

Fri, August 7: Last day of summer classes & Culmination Celebration


Summer 2021

Wed-Fri, June 23-25: Summer Bootcamp & Orientation

Mon, June 28: First day of summer classes

Fri, August 6: Last day of summer classes & Culmination Celebration


Summer 2022

Wed-Fri, June 22-24: Summer Bootcamp & Orientation

Mon, June 27: First day of summer classes

Fri, August 5: Last day of summer classes & Culmination Celebration