Informationen for prospective students

The BA/MA degree programm in Jewish Theology - the only one of its kind in europe - is open to all interested applicants regardless of their religious affiliation. The scope of material covered by the degree program is extensive: from the Hebrew Bible and the great theological worls of the Middle Ages to the thinkers and intellectual debates of modern times.

Applicants interested in being trained for the rabbinate or cantorate are invited to contact the Abraham Geiger College for Liberal/Reform or the Zacharias Frankel College for Conservative/Masorti.

Interested in studying at the School of Jewish Theology?

Here you can find all you need to know about admission requirements, set both by the University and by the School, for the single-major B.A. and the Master programs we offer:

General Admission Regulations for Master’s Degree Programs not related to teacher education at the University of Potsdam (Zulassungsordnung - ZulO)

Enrollment information

Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Theology

There are no restrictions on admission to the BA program in Jewish Theology. The program's first semester is offered only during the winter. Thus, enrollment for the summer semester will be open only to students having completed at least the first (winter) semester.

Acceptance to a German University: Applicants from Germany, the European Union, or the European Economic Area, as well as international applicants holding a German University Entrance Certificate, will find specific information on enrollment here. The enrollment deadline for the winter semester of non-restricted degree programs is June 15 of any given year.

Non-German University Entrance Acceptance: International applicants with a non-German University Entrance Certificate should apply via  uni-assist e.V. in accordance with that organization's procedures and deadlines. More information is available here:


Master of Arts in Jewish Theology

There are no restrictions on admission to the MA Program in Jewish Theology. The programs's first semester is offered in both the summer and the winter.

Application deadlines for the summer/winter semester: March 15 and September 15, respectively. Applications may be submitted via uni-assist e.V.

Prerequisites for admission to the MA Program:

§ Bachelor's Degree or an equivalent, first professional qualifying degree in a subject essential to the Master's program, such as Jewish Theology, Jewish Studies/Judaica, or Rabbinical Studies.

§ Hebrew proficiency: At a minimum, proof of proficiency in classical Hebrew (Hebraicum) or of equivalent qualification.

§ English proficiency: Level B or higher (GER)

General Admission Regulations for Master’s Degree Programs not related to teacher education at the University of Potsdam (Zulassungsordnung - ZulO)

Entrance and Admissions Regulations for the Master’s Program in Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam

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Academic Counseling

We offer academic counseling to help you succeed in your studies. You should make use of this offer not just at the beginning of your studies, but throughout. Our academic advisors can guide you regarding all content-related and organizational questions of studying Jewish Theology. They are also responsible for recognizing previous studies and transfer credits from other programs, or for placing you in more advanced classes.

Your advisors are:

Director of the degree program: Prof. Walter Homolka PhD PhD DHL

Academic Advisor: Susann Schober, M.A.

For more general questions, e.g. choice of program, organizational issues, financial support, please contact Central Student Advisory Service. 

Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB): Campus am Neuen Palais +49 (0) 331/977-1715 | Haus: 8 | R. 0.10-0.16 | studienberatunguni-potsdamde

International Office: Campus am Neuen Palais 10 | +49 (0) 331/977/1760 | international-office​uni-potsdamde 

Statutory bodies

Examination board: Prof. Schorsch (Vorsitz), Prof. Kosman, Prof. Liwak, N. Olhoeft, K. Olthoff

Study board: 
Dozentinnen and Dozenten: Prof. Homolka (Vorsitz), Dr. Anusiewicz-Baer, Dr. Vorpahl, Rabbiner Reich
Students: I. Muzas-Calpe, J. N. Hörmann, S. Griliches, K. Olthoff

Basic Bibliographies

The following lists of books are representative of current academic scholarship in the various fields taught at the School of Jewish Theology. The two lists offered here are meant to be suggestive of the kind of scholarship that a graduate at the B.A and M.A level should be familiar with.