The Ph.D. is a research degree. Its completion signifies that the recipient is able to conduct original research and has made a serious contribution to knowledge of the field. Students must train in a major and a minor field and must acquire both the Judaic and general background and methodology necessary for their research.
To qualify for the doctorate, a student must satisfactorily complete graduate studies totaling 72 points (a minimum of 32 points in residence at New York University), including the required course HBRJD-GA 1005, Problems and Methods in Hebrew and Judaic Studies, pass written qualifying examinations in major and minor fields and an oral examination in the major field, and present and defend an acceptable dissertation. Students must demonstrate proficiency in the Hebrew language in its various phases as well as a reading knowledge of two modern Western languages or research languages, as demonstrated by examination.