General Prerequisites to Applying for Admission


To apply for admission to the Ziegler  School of  Rabbinic Studies , applicants must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) from an accredited college or university. Normally, the Admissions Committee expects a grade-point average of 3.0 or better. While the Admissions Committee insists on evidence of academic ability and motivation, potential students should not be deterred from applying solely on the basis of their cumulative college grade point averages. The Admissions Committee will weigh this factor along with all of the other evidence of academic ability.

  2. One year of college level Hebrew, as taught at American Jewish University, is a pre-requisite to beginning the rabbinical school program. As part of the application process, students must take a Hebrew placement examination.  Those who do not test out of the first year Hebrew requirement must enroll in American Jewish University ’s intensive Hebrew Ulpan during the summer prior to their first semester in the program. In addition, those without the necessary Hebrew background may need further language preparation before they begin the text work of the Ziegler School. After completing the Hebrew Ulpan course, students are required to take the Hebrew placement examination once again and place into Hebrew II in order to begin the full Ziegler School program. Any admission into the school is contingent on the ability to place into the appropriate Hebrew level prior to the candidate’s scheduled beginning of the program

  3. Strong written and oral communication skills.

  4. Since the  Ziegler School is designed to prepare future rabbis and Jewish educators, the committee must be satisfied that the candidate demonstrates appropriate Jewish commitment. Rabbinical students must be committed to a life of mitzvot in accordance with Jewish law, as interpreted by the Conservative movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards.  Please see the section entitled “Guidelines for Relgious Practice” for more complete information.

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