Designed for busy students in the Orthodox Jewish community, the Yeshiva and Seminary Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University allows yeshiva and seminary students to transfer various credits and earn a bachelor of arts degree in less than 15 months. As a student in FDU’s Yeshiva Program for men or Seminary Program for women, you’ll complete your bachelor’s degree and achieve career success through exceptional academics, supportive professors and affordable tuition. The Yeshiva and Seminary Program has graduated hundreds of yeshiva and seminary students who have gone on to graduate and professional schools such as Harvard, Columbia, and Penn Law Schools, Johns Hopkins Medical School, the FDU Silberman College of Business MS in Accounting, Rutgers Dental School, Wurzweiler and Touro Schools of Social Work, Wharton School of Business and various MBA Programs. Our students have also pursued various careers in business with their college degrees.

Program highlights

  • Enjoy easy access to NYC with our convenient location in Teaneck, NJ.
  • In-person and online classes.
  • Tuition that’s 50% less than many other FDU programs.
  • Transfer up to 90 credits (up to 72 credits from prior yeshiva and seminary study and up to 18 more from the CLEP or other exams and colleges) into the program and complete your BA in just one year.
  • Dedicated faculty who deliver highly specialized career development and graduate assistance that is tailored to meet the needs of yeshiva and seminary students.
  • Get ahead with shorter terms, including Jewish Holiday “Z’man” mini sessions.
  • Customize your degree with a specialization in business, psychology, entrepreneurship, public administration or pre-med.

Admissions requirements

  • Completed online application. There is no fee to apply.
  • Proof of a high school diploma (official transcript) or GED.
  • One year of post-secondary yeshiva/seminary studies in a recognized program.
  • Official Yeshiva/Seminary transcripts.

Degree requirements

  • Completion of 120 credits (at least 30 at FDU)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 in upper-level courses completed at FDU
  • Completion of 18 credits in the chosen specialization

Every student must take at least 30 credits (including online courses) with FDU. Out of these 30 credits, the following must be taken at FDU:

  • 6 credits of Advanced English
  • 18 credits of the degree concentration
  • 6 credits of CORE courses (Global Issues and Cross-Cultural Perspectives)

In addition, the following requirements must be fulfilled:

  • 6 credits of English (English Composition/Writing I & II)
  • 3 credits of Speech/Public Speaking
  • 6 credits of Natural Science
  • 6 credits of Math, 3 of which may be in Computer Science

If you are seeking financial aid, you must provide proof of high school graduation or of having attained a GED. All transfer credits should be submitted prior to the beginning of coursework and before students complete their FDU studies. The programs must be completed with FDU credits; that is, your last class must be taken at FDU. If you are taking a break, you should apply for a leave of absence. If you are gone from the University without a leave of absence, you must re-apply. You cannot simultaneously be a student at FDU and at another institution of higher learning (not including your Yeshiva/Seminary).

Frequently asked questions

Q: How many credits must I have before I may apply to the program?
A: 30 transferable credits, or if you are currently enrolled in a post-secondary yeshiva or seminary program.

Q: How many credits may I transfer into the program?
A: 90 credits. Up to a maximum of 72 credits from Yeshiva/Seminary study and whatever is needed to reach 90 credits from other colleges, through CPEP or other standardized exams.

Q: I have taken FDU Middle College credits. How many may be transferred?
A: 24 middle college credits can be applied. They count toward the 90 credits that a student may bring with them into the program.

Q: What is the minimum number of credits that I must take “in residence” at FDU? Can they all be online? All in classroom?
A: You must take at least 10 FDU courses (30 credits) once you have been admitted into the program. These courses may be any combination of in-classroom and/or online courses.

Q: How do I choose classes? Know what courses to take to meet the requirements?
A: You work with your advisor, who will assist in choosing what courses and/or exams will fulfill your requirements.

Q: Should transcripts from my yeshiva, seminary or college be submitted prior to applying to the program?
A: It is preferable to do so. In this way, you know how many credits may be transferred. These initial transcripts do not need to be official. However, in order to have credits officially transferred to your FDU records, we require that the institution of higher learning send an official transcript directly to the attention of Dr. Parra in our office.

Q: The Bachelor’s degree requires that you specialize in a subject or area of study. How many courses must be taken in that area?
A: 6 courses (18 credits).

Q: Is financial aid available?
A: Our program already offers a 50% tuition reduction, however, there are many aid programs available to our students, like Federal Pell grants, NJ TAG grants, Work-Study and other government financial aid. FDU’s Financial Aid office assists our students in seeking assistance.

Q: What specializations are available?
A: Students may specialize in any of the multitude of areas that FDU offers. These may be Psychology, Business, Technology, Health and Human Services, and a host of other areas. You can even do a specialization in Art History. You develop your specialization in consultation with your advisor. Some specializations may only be available online.

Q: May I take courses at other colleges at the university?
A: The Yeshiva/Seminary program is part of Petrocelli College. You may take any online course at Petrocelli College and the cost of the course remains the same. Other courses offered at Petrocelli will not be men or women-only courses. You may also take any course offered at any college at FDU, but the cost of the course will not have the reduced tuition that Yeshiva/Seminary courses enjoy. Note: Some courses require that prerequisites be completed before you can take a particular class.

Q: What is the fee structure of the Yeshiva/Seminary Program?
A: All Yeshiva/Seminary courses and Petrocelli College courses are discounted by 50%. Courses taken at other FDU schools and colleges are at regular tuition.

Q: Can the Yeshiva/Seminary program be completed fully online? How long should it take to complete?
A: You may choose to take all of your classes online. Some students are able to complete all exams and course work in 12-14 months. Others take longer.

Q: What degree do I receive upon graduation?
A: Our graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies. This is a Bachelor degree like any other and is recognized as such across the world. Our students who choose to continue their studies on a graduate-level have been accepted into the finest institutions of higher learning in North America and Israel.

"I chose to attend the FDU Yeshiva Program because it offered a flexible schedule, which allowed me to continue my Judaic Studies, while still partaking in an undergrad program that would afford me all the professional opportunities I was looking for. While there, I was able to seek advice and utilize FDU’s pre-law counseling to help me determine and get into the law schools best fit for me."
— Joseph Neuburger, BAIS '18

Spring 2020 (Yeshiva)

Heichal Hatorah

70 Sterling Place, Teaneck, NJ 07666

January 21–March 3, 2020

Courses

*BUSI 2640 E1 Principles of Marketing – T-Th 2:00-5:15pm – Prof. A. Vardouniotis

*BUSI 2450 E1 Business Dynamics T – Th 6:00-9:15pm – Prof. Y. Stern

 

March 4–May 13, 2020

Courses

+ENGL 2259 Creative Writing M, W 2:00–5:15 pm Prof. B. Karger

*BUSI 3050 E1 Legal Issues in Human Resources Management T, TH 2:00-5:15pm – Prof.  I. Treuhaft

*BUSI 2648 E1 Comparative Buyer Behavior T, Th 6:00–9:15pm – Prof. M. Stone

Spring 2020 (Online – Yeshiva and Seminary)

January 21–April 06, 2020

Courses

^ UNIV 2001 E5D Cross Cultural Perspectives – Prof. K. Boateng

^ UNIV 2002 E8D Global Issues – Prof. E. Jorge

 

January 21–May 13, 2020

Courses

*ACCT 1131 E1D Accounting I – Prof. M. Dyrek

+*% COMM 2101 E1D Professional Communications – Prof. M. Haines

+ ENGW 3006 E1D Persuasive Writing – Prof. R. Traum

* IBUS 2201 E1D Fundamentals of International Business – Prof. M. Goldfarb

* MGMT 3200 E1D Contemporary Managerial Issues – Prof. I. Jaskoll

*# MIS 2151 E1D e-Commerce and Beyond – Prof. P. Blank

$*@ PSYC 1173 E2D Group Dynamics – Prof. M. Goldfarb

$*@ PSYC 1802 E1D Career Development – Prof. I. Jaskoll

$*@ PSYC 3322 E1D Industrial Psychology – Prof. C. Acosta

 

February 11–April 07, 2020

Courses

*&# MIS 3142 E1D Information Security – Prof. R. Medaska

$@ PSYC 2006 E1D Emotionally Healthy Lifestyles – Prof. C. Henry

 

February 25–May 11, 2020

Courses

@ BIOL 2053 E1D Thinking the Environment – Prof. J. Jacoby

*@ SOCI 3246 E1D Current Issues in Healthcare – Prof. M. Rubin

Pesach Z’man (Yeshiva)

NEW DATES: March 29, 30, 31. April 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 20, 21, 22.

Congregation Rinat Yisrael

389 West Englewood Ave.

Teaneck, NJ 07666

Courses

* ACCT 1133 E1 Business Law M, T, W, Th, F 9:00am-12:15pm – Prof. I. Treuhaft

^ UNIV 2002 E2 Global Issues M, T, W, Th, F 9:00am-12:15pm – Prof. E. Goldman

* COMM 3444 E1 Public Relations M, T, W, Th, F 1:00-4:15pm – Prof. A. Vardouniotis

@ HIST 2297 E3 History of Science and Technology M, T, W, Th, F 1:00-4:15pm – Prof. T. Swanzey

Pesach Z’man (Online Yeshiva and Seminary)

March 30–April 21, 2020

Courses

#MATH 1131 E5D College Math I – Prof. P. Blank

*# INTER 2107 E1D Real World Statistics – Prof. P. Blank

Summer I

Heichal Hatorah

70 Sterling Place, Teaneck, NJ 07666

May 18–June 23, 2020

Courses

$x* MGMT 2261 Human Motivation and Behavior M-W 2:00-5:00pm – Staff

*ECON 1122 Microeconomics M-W 6:00-9:00pm – Staff

>*MGMT 1111 Introduction to Business Management T, Th 2:00–5:00pm – Staff

>*SOCI 3246 Current Issues in Healthcare T, Th 6:00–9:00pm – Staff

Summer I (Online – Yeshiva and Seminary)

May 18–June 23, 2020

Courses

$* COMM 3311 Customer Service – Staff

$*MIS 2110 New Perspectives on the Internet – Staff

^UNIV 2002 Global Issues – Staff

*MGMT 1110 Business in Global Society – Staff

*ACCT 1132 Accounting II – Staff

Summer II

Heichal Hatorah

70 Sterling Place, Teaneck, NJ 07666

June 24–July 29, 2020

Courses

*PHIL 2255 Business Ethics M-W 2:00-5:00pm – Staff

$*PADM 4507 Business and Industry Crisis Administration M-W 6:00-9:00pm – Staff

^UNIV 2002 Global Issues T-Th 2:00-5:00pm – Staff

>+*% COMM 2101 Professional Communications T, Th 6:00 – 9:00pm – Staff

Summer II (Online – Yeshiva and Seminary)

June 24–July 29, 2020

Courses

$*BUSI 2648 Comparative Buyer Behavior – Staff

^UNIV 2001 Cross Cultural Perspectives – Staff

#@*MIS 2245 Current Technology Issues – Staff

+ENGL 2259 Creative Writing – Staff

$*PSYC 1173 Group Dynamics – Staff

Av Z’man

Heichal Hatorah

70 Sterling Place, Teaneck, NJ 07666

August 2–August 14, 2020

Su, M, T, W, Th, F

Courses

>*MGMT 3200 Contemporary Managerial Issues 9:00–12:00pm – Staff

% SPCH 1155 Public Speaking 2:00-5:00pm – Staff

*ECON 4305 Money and Banking 6:00-9:00pm – Staff

 

* Toward Business Specialty

& Toward Computer Requirement

# Toward Math Requirement

@ Toward Science Requirement

^ Toward University Core Requirement

+ Toward Advanced Writing Requirement

% Toward Speech Requirement

= Toward Humanities Requirement

$ Toward Psychology Specialty

X Toward Social Science Requirement

! Toward English Composition Requirement

> Toward Healthcare Management Requirement

Courses and Faculty subject to change.

Program learning outcomes

Each college program has identified outcome measures that indicate whether students are successful in meeting the specific outcomes for the program. The following are outcome measures that will be assessed for the Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion program:

  • Communication:  An FDU graduate will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in written documents, when making oral presentations, and when appropriate, by using graphic presentation software.

“This outcome is also aligned with FDU University learning outcomes for written communication, oral communication and    information literacy

  • Critical Thinking:  An FDU graduate will demonstrate the ability to define problems; to use information resources such as libraries and computers; and to analyze and integrate knowledge, perspectives and techniques.

“This outcome is also aligned with FDU University learning outcomes for critical thinking”

  • Global and Culture Understanding : An FDU graduate will demonstrate an understanding of the historic and global context of events and achievements over time as treated in subjects such as history, the arts and the humanities with an awareness of and sensitivity to global problems and social issues, including those involving ethnic and cultural differences.

“This outcome is also aligned with FDU University learning outcomes for Global Understanding and Cultural Understanding”

  • Specialization:  An FDU graduate will demonstrate the mastery of a body of knowledge in one subject area or a group of related areas that will be considered the graduate’s specialization.

Faculty

Pathways to Bachelor's Degree Completion
Contact Information
Dr. Eric Goldman, Program Director
201-692-2672
goldman@fdu.edu
Contact Information
Dr. Francisco Parra, Assistant Director and Academic Advisor
201-692-2746
201-692-2503
fparra@fdu.edu