There has been an interesting development in the official recognition of a Smicha rabbinical ordination document, COLlive was told.
For many years, universities would grant holders of Smicha approximately 90 undergraduate credits.
Recently Nova Southeastern University, with whom the Merkos Chinuch Office has a working relationship, has been willing to consider those who earned a Smicha document at an AARTS accredited yeshiva, as having earned a BA equivalency in education.
This means AARTS accredited Smicha holders would be eligible to enroll in a MA program without needing to go through the hoops which have been required of others enrolling in an NSU Masters program through our partnership.
The Chinuch Office added: “This is not meant as official encouragement of the NSU Masters program for Kollel Yungeliet, only a recognition of the facts as they currently are.”
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