Graduates of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies receive rabbinic ordination after 10-12 semesters of study normally completed in five or six years. Since text and language skills vary based on background and progress, each student's program is determined in consultation with the Dean's office. Upon completion of the program, students are granted a Master’s Degree in Rabbinic Studies. Students normally complete all requirements at the Ziegler School’s campus in Los Angeles, unless they are exempt from specific courses based on previous academic coursework.
The following curriculum has been approved by the University Academic Senate as the course of study leading to rabbinic ordination. This description of the curriculum of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies is designed to give prospective students a sense of the nature of our program. Because our faculty and students are always engaged in discussion of the curriculum, rabbinic education and a vision of the rabbinate for the 21st century, the curriculum will undoubtedly change slightly from year to year. This is the curriculum under which students beginning the Ziegler program as of 2006 are admitted.
Please note: The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and American Jewish University reserve the right to revise or change the academic calendar, rules, charges, fees, scheduled courses, requirements for degrees or other regulations. This catalogue is for the guidance of our applicants, students and faculty and is subject to change and is not intended as a contract between the Ziegler School and any person.