There are three available tracks for completing a M.A. degree: Track A includes writing an advanced research paper (thesis); Track B, with no research paper requirement, is an integrated track designed for outstanding students and leads to a Ph.D. program; Track C is designed for those who wish to enrich their knowledge without focusing on research. The courses and assignments required will be determined based on the student’s background.
1. Track A (with a thesis): Graduates of the Talmud Department’s B.A. program will be required to complete 12 credit hours in courses designed for students in third year and above. Students without a degree in Talmud will be required to take up to six credit hours of make up classes (in consultation with the chair), in addition to the aforementioned 12 credit hours in courses designed for students in third year and above, for a total of 18 credit hours.
2. Track B (Integrated Track leading to a Ph.D. program): Students who have completed at least a major in the Talmud Department for their B.A., with an average of at least 86 and an outstanding seminar paper to their name may enter this track.
Likewise, a student who wrote two outstanding seminar papers in the first year of the M.A. program can also join. The students in this track must complete the same courses as those in Track A. The decision to accept students to this track is made by the chair in consultation with the relevant departmental committee.
3. Track C (without a thesis): A. Those possessing a B.A. in Talmud are required to complete 18 credit hours by taking courses that are designed for third year and above. B. Those students who do not have an academic degree in Talmud must take six credit hours of make up courses, in addition to the aforementioned 18 credit hours in courses designed for third year and above, for a grand total of 24 credit hours.