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Judaic Studies (MA)

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Master of Arts (MA)
Program type
Thesis, Course-based
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
2 years
45 credits
Start term
Fall, Winter
Experiential learning

Program overview

The MA in Judaic Studies combines elements of anthropology, rabbinics, gender studies and literary studies. Our faculty members are experts in a range of cultural traditions and are interested in the latest materials related to Judaic Studies. The program is especially relevant at a time when Quebec society is undergoing intense discussions surrounding its religious past and the meaning of diversity in relation to its particular identity and political history. The Department of Religions and Cultures is an excellent place to study such developments, as well as to attain skills that will help students find meaningful involvement in wider society. The program offers internships, in-house academic awards and language-focused support for students. Funding opportunities are available from independent centres at Concordia, including The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies and The Institute for Quebec and Canadian Jewish Studies.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

All students must take RELI 6001 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion.

Please see the Religions and Cultures Courses page for course descriptions.

Judaic Studies Master of Arts (45 credits)


credits of Core Course:

RELI 6001 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (3.00)


credits chosen from:

MA (Judaic Studies) with Guided Research Paper Option

MA (Judaic Studies) with Thesis Option

MA (Judaic Studies) with Guided Research Paper Option (42 credits)


credits of Elective Courses chosen from:‌

Topics in Judaic Studies (MA)  

Topics in Religions and Cultures (MA)  

Normally students may not take more than two 3-credit courses outside the Department.



RELI 6042 Research Preparation I (Judaic Studies) (3.00)
RELI 6043 Research Preparation II (Judaic Studies) (3.00)




RELI 6044 Guided Research Paper Proposal (Judaic Studies) (3.00)




RELI 6045 Guided Research Paper I (Judaic Studies) (9.00)
RELI 6046 Guided Research Paper II (Judaic Studies) (9.00)


MA (Judaic Studies) with Thesis Option (42 credits)


credits of Elective Courses chosen from: 

Topics in Judaic Studies (MA)  

Topics in Religions and Cultures (MA)  

Normally students may not take more than one 3-credit course outside the Department. 



RELI 6042 Research Preparation I (Judaic Studies) (3.00)
RELI 6043 Research Preparation II (Judaic Studies) (3.00)




RELI 6050 Thesis Proposal (Judaic Studies) (3.00)




RELI 6053 Thesis (Judaic Studies) (21.00)


Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • BA or equivalent with high standing in Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, or a discipline in the Social Sciences, Humanities, or Fine Arts.
  • 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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


February 1


December 1



Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

Out-of-province students

Get up to $9,251 in special funding for master's programs. Learn more

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