New Tanach and Halacha Tracks at GPATS, Starting Fall 2020

The Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies (GPATS) is now offering a two-year master’s degree that provides women an opportunity for post-college, high-level Torah study that further enhances their knowledge and analytical skills.

The degree, provided at no cost, will cover traditional commentaries and literary analysis and focus on Pshat, Parshanut and Bekiut.  Classes will be taught by world-renowned scholars Dr. Michelle Levine (Monday and Wednesday mornings) and Rabbi Yitzhak Berger (Tuesday and Thursday mornings) with both GPATS tracks learning Halacha together in the afternoon with Rabbi Gedalyah Berger (2-5:30, Monday-Thursday).

Students pursuing the Tanach master’s degree, taking morning and afternoon classes, will qualify for a $5,000 stipend per year. Students also have the option of receiving 12 credits from the Tanach track to be applied to the GPATS Master Degree in Biblical and Talmudic Interpretation and a Master of Arts in Bible from the Bernard Revel School of Jewish Studies or receive the $5,000 yearly stipend.  The new program is a two-year/full day commitment; part-time options are available, morning only or afternoon only, also at no cost.

“The complete access to Jewish learning for women today is one of the great berakhot [blessings] of our times,” said Dr. Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University. “We are proud to launch a new track in Tanach so that our students can continue to grow in their areas of interest.”

Applications for the 2020-2021 year are due February 25, 2020. For more information, email the director of GPATS, Professor Nechama Price at