The Semikha program accepts Modern Orthodox male applicants who demonstrate love and dedication to serving the Jewish people and who possess yirat Shamayim, ahavat haTorah, and ahavat Klal Yisrael. Students should have facility with Gemara and rabbinic texts, overall academic excellence, potential for leadership, an open and inclusive orientation, and high moral character. Specific requirements for incoming students include a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and at least two years of post-high school intensive study of rabbinic texts or the ability to demonstrate the equivalent of such study in terms of textual skill in Talmud and classical commentaries.
YCT Rabbinical School admits students of any race, color, national origin, or ethnic origin. All documents submitted in support of an application for admission become the permanent possession of YCT and cannot be returned to the applicant.
All prospective students spend at least two days at the yeshiva while it is in session. Visits should be arranged in advance. Applications should include three letters of recommendation: one rabbinic reference, one academic reference, and one personal reference. Applications should also include an official transcript. Those currently enrolled in degree programs should include mid-year transcripts and arrange for final transcripts to be mailed to YCT upon completion of the semester.
Interviews will be scheduled upon receipt of a complete application. The interview, should it be granted, includes a meeting with Rabbi Dov Linzer, President and Rosh HaYeshiva; a formal interview with our admissions committee; and a written and oral assessment of the applicant’s Talmud skills. In preparation for discussions during the interview, applicants are asked to prepare a 3-5 minute d’var Torah on the topic of their choice.
YCT offers qualified students tuition remission and a generous monthly living stipend. For more information email Ruthie Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org.