The MA in Jewish Studies Program is the first degree in Jewish Studies program in Ukraine. It was launched by the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) together with the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine in 2012 in order to develop academic Jewish Studies in Ukraine. The program is under the management of the NaUKMA Department of History and the Ukrainian Association for Jewish Studies. The program aims to train highly skilled professionals in the study of Jewish History and Culture.
The program provides grants (which cover tuition fees, accommodation, and monthly stipends) and scholarships for an internship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The curriculum of the two-year program consists of general methodological seminars in history, as well as special courses in Jewish Studies and Jewish languages (mandatory courses in Hebrew and Yiddish with Aramaic as an optional course). Graduates of the program receive a bilingual Ukrainian-English diploma (Master in History and Jewish Studies). The faculty of the program uses modern educational approaches, encourages and assists students in applying to various academic internships and Jewish Studies events abroad.
In addition to general courses, students participate in the summer practicum at archives, museums, and libraries where they directly study Jewish cultural heritage of Ukraine and get practical skills of research work with unique documents, books, and artifacts.
Each summer a select group of students (chosen on a competitive basis) visits Israel for an internship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Participants of the internship have a possibility to work on their research topics in libraries and archives, as well as communicate and discuss their topics with Israeli scholars.
The program has among its most important and first priority goals the academic cooperation with the best world Jewish Studies institutions, such as the Hebrew University in Jerusalem that considered as one of the world’s top 100 universities. Moreover, the program has the cooperation with the University of Montreal, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, etc.
The faculty includes full and part time NaUKMA History Department's lecturers and professors. The program also invites visiting professors from Ukrainian universities and abroad. Leading scholars and experts in Jewish Studies from Israel, the USA, Canada, the EU are invited to give mini courses and public lectures in order to provide the students with the most up-to-date research methodology and approaches in academic Jewish Studies.