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Judaic Studies MA

Students apply to the guided research project (GRP) option. Once admitted to the program, students have the opportunity to transfer to the thesis option. To enter the thesis option students must complete 9 credits and normally achieve a minimum GPA of 3.70.

Admission Requirements

The normal minimum requirement for admission to the MA program in Judaic Studiesis a BA or equivalent with high standing in Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, or a discipline in the Social Sciences, Humanities, or Fine Arts.

 Applicants with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation may be required to take a qualifying program. Qualifying program students in the Department of Religions and Cultures must complete their program with a minimum GPA of 3.50 with no courses graded lower than a "B+" to be considered for admission to the graduate program.

Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.

Transfer Credits. See Transfer Credits in Graduate Admissions section.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. Credits. A fully-qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

  2. Program Options. All students enter in the guided research project option, and later have the opportunity to apply for the thesis option.

  3. Language Requirement. Normally, students acquire knowledge of Hebrew or another Jewish language either before or during the program. In addition, if the candidates’ research necessitates knowledge of another classical or modern language, the Graduate Studies Committee may require proficiency in that language. Specific requirements are established in consultation with the Graduate Program Director. Students who intend to pursue graduate studies at the PhD level are especially encouraged to gain proficiency in the language or languages of the primary sources relevant to their proposed research.
     

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.

  2. Residence. The minimum residence requirement is 3 terms of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.

  3. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulation page for further details regarding the Time Limit requirements.

  4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have satisfied all degree requirements and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.
     

Master of/Magisteriate in Arts (Judaic Studies) with Guided Research Project Option

  1. Core Course. RELI 6001 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (3 credits).

  2. Elective Courses. Five 3-credit courses (15 credits). Courses are grouped into RELI 6012-6018 (Topics in Judaic Studies) and RELI 6002-6008 (Topics in Religions and Cultures) and selected in consultation with the Graduate Program Director. Normally students may not take more than two 3-credit courses outside the Department. With the permission of the Graduate Program Director, up to six credits may be taken from courses offered by other departments or other universities.

  3. Guided Research Project Proposal. RELI 6040 (3 credits). Students must submit a guided research project proposal on a topic chosen in consultation with the GRP supervisor and the proposal must be approved by the Graduate Program Director.

  4. Guided Research Project. RELI 6041 (24 credits).
    This may take one of three forms:
    1. Substantial Academic Research Paper. Students complete a major research
      paper (normally in their third or fourth term) under the supervision of a faculty
      member, in which they develop themes or subjects engaged in coursework.
    2. An Artistic Production. These projects entail creating art or an artistic performance that reflects fluency with the rituals, practices, and cultures of particular communities that the student has studied. Projects can address and respond to issues facing these communities.
    3. A Technical Project. Projects in this area focus on the acquisition and demonstration of technical skills related to the study of religions and cultures.
       

Master of/Magisteriate in Arts (Judaic Studies) with Thesis Option

  1. Core Course. RELI 6001 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (3 credits).

  2. Elective Courses. Three 3-credit courses (9 credits). Courses are grouped into RELI 6012-6018 (Topics in Judaic Studies) and RELI 6002-6008 (Topics in Religions and Cultures) and selected in consultation with the Graduate Program Director. Normally students may not take more than one 3-credit course outside the Department. With the permission of the Graduate Program Director, up to three credits may be taken from courses offered by other departments or other universities.

  3. Thesis Proposal. RELI 6050 (3 credits). Students must submit a thesis proposal on a topic chosen in consultation with the thesis supervisor and the proposal must be approved by the Department's Graduate Studies committee.

  4. Thesis. RELI 6051 (30 credits) The thesis is a work of primary research that normally runs to 18,000-24,000 words (about 60-80 pages), exclusive of footnotes and bibliography. Students are expected to have the requisite language skills to undertake their proposed research. Prepared under the supervision of a faculty member, the thesis is defended orally before a committee comprised of the Graduate Program Director, the faculty supervisor, and one additional member of the Religions and Cultures faculty.
     

Courses

Required Course

All students must take RELI 6001 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (3 credits)

RELI 6001 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion
This course provides students with an understanding of the major approaches to the academic study of religion. It introduces students to key theories of religion as a social and cultural phenomenon, as well as contemporary methodologies and the ways in which they colour, control, and reflect the representation of religious experience and expression. Students develop a critical theoretical orientation for their research and a familiarity with the skills that they apply in their coursework and final project.
Note: Students who have received credit for RELI 609 or 610 may not take this course for credit.

Electives

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Judaic Studies may select courses from those listed below as well as those offered by the Master of Arts program in Religions and Cultures. Courses are selected in consultation with the Graduate Program Director. Students in the guided research project option select five (5) elective courses and students in the thesis option select three (3) elective courses.

RELI 6012 Jewish Texts and Literature: Interpretation and Reception
This course analyzes the sacred texts of Judaism and its interpretation through the ages. It enables students to comprehend the historical contexts and transitions of text as shifts and adjustments prevail. Topics may also include contemporary literature and popular transmissions of foundational texts into the present.

RELI 6013 Canadian Jewish Studies 
This course covers the history, literature and ethnography of Canada's Jews. Exploring both the experiences and expressions of Canadian Jewry, the course examines lived religion and scarcely explored communal documents. Students are exposed to a variety of methodological approaches, such as literary criticism, ethnography and historiography.

RELI 6014 Jewish Philosophy and Ethics
This course examines Jewish philosophy in various historical periods. Topics may include ethics, metaphysics, cosmology, Jewish thought post-Holocaust, and reflections on the State of Israel. The course may focus on select Jewish thinkers or particular philosophical corpora.

RELI 6015 Material and Popular Culture in Judaism
This course explores the study of Jewish history and communities through material and popular culture. Topics may include the production and use of objects, images, ornament, iconography, epigraphy, and sacred space, art, film, and music. It considers how attention to material and popular culture allows for a nuanced understanding of the complexity and variety of Jewish cultures.

RELI 6017 Jewish Communities in Historical and Regional Contexts
This course examines Jewish communities in particular historical and cultural regions, notably the Middle East and Israel, North America, and Eastern Europe. It emphasizes how Jewish communities have interacted with outsiders, constructed intercommunal boundaries, responded to patterns of migration and immigration, and been shaped by changing social and political circumstances in these particular locations.

RELI 6018 Jewish Community Engagement
Prerequisite: Permission of the Graduate Program Director.
In this course, students work in a local Jewish community organization or institution in order to apply their training in religions and cultures to address real-world problem solving around religious tolerance, diversity, or issues of social justice. Examples include, working as a religious educator inside or alongside a particular religious community; organizing and supporting grassroots of Jewish communities, or organizations working with these, in regards to social issues, such as sustainability, racism and Islamophobia, anti-Judaism, disability, LGBTQ, or Indigenous rights.

Guided Research Project Option

RELI 6040 Guided Research Project Proposal (Judaic Studies) (3 credits)
The proposal for the guided research project (GRP) is 2,500-3,000 words in length. The GRP proposal outlines the nature of the student’s project, whether a research paper, artistic or technical project. It outlines how the project is connected to a student’s coursework, career or academic goals and the timeframe in which they complete the project. It includes a bibliography of at least ten academic sources, and any primary materials (such as editions of critical texts), which the students use.

RELI 6041 Guided Research Project  (Judaic Studies) (24 credits) 
The guided research project (GRP) is 11,000-12,500 words (about 40-50 pages) in length, exclusive of footnotes and bibliography. The GRP is usually undertaken in a student’s third or fourth semester (after the completion of coursework). This research paper develops themes or subjects with which the student engaged in his or her coursework. Students in the MA in Judaic Studies write on an aspect of Jewish history or culture.

Thesis Option

RELI 6050 Thesis Proposal (Judaic Studies) (3 credits)
The proposal for the thesis is 2,500-3,000 words in length. A thesis proposal outlines the student’s proposed research project, locates their research in relation to existing scholarship, clarifies their methodology and research questions, and includes a bibliography of at least ten academic sources, and any primary materials (such as editions of critical texts), which the students use.

RELI 6051 Thesis (Judaic Studies) (30 credits)
The thesis is 18,000-24,000 words (about 60-80 pages) in length, exclusive of footnotes and bibliography. The thesis provides an opportunity for the student to both demonstrate their historical and cultural knowledge and depth of understanding of a particular subject in the study of religions and cultures. Students in the MA in Judaic Studies write on an aspect of Jewish history or culture. Students also demonstrate facility with one or two methodological approaches studied in the course of their program and illustrate their capacity to apply the approaches to a particular problem or issue in religious studies. Thesis writers have the requisite language skills to undertake this more rigorous type of research, for instance, Yiddish or Hebrew.

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