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The Melton Centre at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a vibrant academic community, characterized by its intellectual effervescence, its pluralistic approach, and its commitment to the sustainability of Jewish culture and heritage through diverse forms of education.
As Israel’s first Centre for Jewish Education, the Melton Centre’s mission is to develop cutting-edge research, to educate future leaders, and to nurture future generations of outstanding scholars and practitioners in all fields and forms of Jewish education.
The Melton Centre is an inclusive, diverse, and egalitarian academic body, where empirical and theoretical knowledge is developed and applied for the benefit of Jewish communities around the world. The Melton Centre, through its educational activities, is committed to the encouragement of vital contacts between diverse Jewish ideologies and religious streams, while at the same time cultivating relations with other world civilizations.
The Melton Centre is a full participant in the international scientific and scholarly educational network. It measures itself by international standards and strives to be counted among the best educational research centers worldwide. The Melton Centre discovers and creates new knowledge and disseminates it for the benefit of the Jewish people and other groups and societies concerned with the promotion and sustainability of their particular cultures.
The activities of the Melton Centre are emblematic of the Hebrew University’s aspiration to encourage excellence and to foster elite programs, thereby maximizing the Hebrew University’s international visibility and exposure in the academic world and in the wider community.
The Melton Centre offers a Ph.D. program in Jewish Education. Graduates of the program have substantially contributed to the knowledge base of the field and are to be found in influential academic and educational positions in Israel and throughout the world.
The doctoral program at the Hebrew University, in general, is concerned with the writing of substantial dissertations which makes contributes new knowledge and concepts to a given field of study. The supervisor and the doctoral student’s advisory committee determines what supplementary courses a candidate must take. The minimum course requirement is 12 credits which are 12 semester hours. The vast majority of a candidate’s efforts are dedicated to planning, carrying out, and describing the research in a dissertation.