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Graduate Studies - Master's Degree

General Admission Requirements

Supplementary Program

Master's Programs taught in English

Master's Programs taught in Hebrew - additional information

Application Dates

A Master’s degree (M.A., M.Sc., etc.) is usually completed in two years. Some of the MA programs taught in English offer a one-year MA option. Three tracks are offered:

·         Research Track which requires writing a thesis.

·         Non-research Track which does not require writing a thesis. Students who complete this track and then decide to continue for a Doctoral Degree are required to register as Supplementary-PhD students and write a thesis.

·         Teaching Track which combines a Master’s degree with training for a Teaching Certificate or advanced training for qualified teachers. This track is available in a number of departments in the Faculty of Humanities.

Only those students who choose a department that is a direct continuation of their undergraduate studies can expect to be accepted directly to a Master’s degree program. Differences in curriculum and course content may necessitate supplementary studies.

Final decisions can take a minimum of 2-3 months. Selective departments may delay decision-making until all applications have been submitted.
The following departments make their decisions after the application deadline: Computer Science, Criminology, and schools of Education, Public Health and Social Work. The Office of Overseas Students
Admissions does its utmost to urge the departments to reach a decision and informs candidates of all developments.


General Admission Requirements

 

Below are the minimum admission requirements. Many departments are selective and require a higher grade average. Final decisions are made by the Admissions Committee in each department after reviewing the candidate’s academic achievements.

1.       Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.(In the US it includes "regional Accreditation") We accept the degree only if at least half of the credits were studied at the degree-granting institution, or at institutions recognized by us.
Candidates who completed a degree at a branch in Israel of an overseas institution of higher education must contact the Office of Overseas Students
Admissions before applying.

2.       "B" or "Good" (equivalent to 80) average in undergraduate studies. Many departments require a higher average.  

3.       Hebrew language skills. Completion of level Gimmel is the minimum requirement for admission in most departments. Some departments require a more advanced level of Hebrew. (Details in chapter "Hebrew Language") In some cases it may be possible to begin a supplementary program while completing level Gimel (Details in chapter "Supplementray Program"). Some MA programs organize their courses in one or two days a week. Please note that students in level Dalt are required to take Hebrew classes three times a week. This chapter also lists several MA programs taught in English that do not require previous background in Hebrew.

4.       English language skills. "Lower Advanced" level is the minimum requirement for admission to most departments. Some departments require a more advanced level of English (Details in chapter "English Language").

5.       The departments of Psychology and Clinical Child Psychology, as well as the School of Public Policy require the GRE. THe School of Business Administration requires the GMAT.

      Candidates who need to take the GRE must contact the Netherlands center Tel: 31-320-239-540, Fax: 31-320-239-886 or through the website www.gre.org.
Candidates who need to take the GMAT must contact the center in Britain Tel: 44-161-855-7219, Fax: 44-161-855-7301, or through the website www.mba.com.

 Information regarding these exams can be purchased for a nominal fee at the American Center (19 Keren Hayesod Street, Jerusalem, Tel: 02-6252376) or at the US-Israel Education Foundation, 1 Ben Yehuda Street, Tel Aviv,  Tel: 03-5172131, http://www.fulbright.org.il/.
Hebrew University institutional code: 0859.


Supplementary Program

 

In some departments, applicants with little or no background may be considered for a Supplementary program before being admitted to the Master’s degree program. The Supplementary program may vary from four courses to two full years of studies, dependent upon the departmental requirements.

In certain cases, the department may approve acceptance to a supplementary program for candidates who do not pass the Level Gimel Proficiency Examination. Students will be able to complete level Gimel during the first semester and take one or two courses, approved by the department. This option will extend the duration of studies, and students will still be requried to reach the exemption level' as detailed in the chapter on Hebrew Requirements.

Completion of the Supplementary program with a specified minimum grade average
is one of the requirements for admission to the Master’s degree program.
Candidates will have to reapply for the 2015/16 academic year directly through the Faculty Secretariat and on the Internet.

 

Master's Degree Programs Taught in English


Faculty of Agriculture (M.Sc.Agr.)

The Division for External Studies in the Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences offers four 12-month International Programs in: Animal Sciences, Crop Production, Horticulture and Nutritional Sciences (not all programs take place each year). It also offers short-term courses in various subjects. English level required: Upper Advanced. Interested candidates should contact: Division for External Studies, P.O. Box 12, 76100 Rehovot, Tel: 08-9489285, Fax: 08-9470171, E-mail: nuritbe@agri.huji.ac.il

In some of the departments it is possible to design an MSc program that will be taught in English. Applicants should contact a supervisor for their research work who will check the possibility according to the research area. Potential supervisors can be found through the website of the relevant department or by contacting the head of the relevant department. English language requierement: Lower Advanced level for admission. Exemption level must be reached during the first year.

Faculty of Dental Medicine

The Faculty of Dental Medicine, in cooperation with the Rothberg International School, offers a two-year international MSc program in BIo-Medical Sciences in Dental Medicine. Dentists may also add a specialization (e.g. Orthodontics). English language requirement: Upper Advanced level. For details please contact Prof. Doron Steinberg at: dorons@ekmd.huji.ac.il.


English

The department offers a program taught in ENglish taht includes a wide variety of courses on British and American literature as well as insight into South African and Canadian literature. The department does not offer an MA program in English Linguistics. English language requirement: Upper Advanced level. Further details are available on the website.

Glocal Community Development Studies

This program, offered through the Faculty of Social Sciences, trains experts in fields relevant to the development of local communities in impoverished regions across the world. Courses are taught in English but students with a sufficient command of Hebrew have the opportunity to take graduate courses in the various departments of the Hebrew University. The program includes an internship component during the third semester in an international NGO. Admission requirements includ a personal interview. English level requirement: Exemption level. Further details are available on the website.

LLM Programs

The Faculty of Law offers two LLM programs in English: Human Rights and International Law and International Business Law and Intellectual Property. The program extends over one year and only applicants with an LLB or JD are eligible to apply. Further details are available on the Faculty's website. The program is operated in cooperation with the Rothberg International School and applications must be submitted online. English language requirement: Upper Advanced level.


Public Health (M.P.H)

The Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine offers a 12-month International Program. The course focuses on subjects related to third-world countries. Admission requirements include support by the government or a health organization in the student’s country of origin. English language required: Upper Advanced level. Interested candidates should contact: Tel: 02-6777117, Fax: 02-6431086; E-mail: pam@hadassah.org.il


MA programs at the Rothberg International School

The School offers a new MBA program in ENtrepreneurship and Innovations. Other MA programs offered in English by the Rothberg International School: Two-year programs in The Bible and the Ancient Near East and in Jewish Studies; One-year programs in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Islamich and Middle Eastern Studies, Israel Studies: Society and Politics, Jewish Education. English language requirement: Upper Advanced level. Further details are available on the website.

The Faculty of Science

Two-year full MSc programs taught in English available in the research-track only and only for applicants who do not need supplementary studies. Applicants should contact a supervisor for their research work. Potential supervisors can be found through the website of the relevant department or by contacting the head of the relevant department. English language requirement: Lower Advanced level for admission. Exemption level must be reached during the first year. 

 

Master's Degree Programs Taught in Hebrew
 

A complete list of departments at the University is found here. The general admissions requirements apply to all departments. This chapter deals with departments which have additional admission criteria or special requirements.

 

 

Faculty of Humanities

 

Archaeology and Ancient Near East

Candidates must specify on their application form the section they want to specialize in: Pre-historic, Biblical or Classic Archaeology, or one of the new specializations in the department: Assyriology and Egyptology.

Cognitive Science

Studies are in the framework of an individual program centering on the chosen area of research. The program is suitable for graduates of Clinical Communications, Cognitive Science, Computer Sciences, Education, English Linguistics, Life Sciences, Musicology, Philosophy and Psychology. Applicants should attach to their application a short letter with a research statement of intent.

 

 

Hebrew and Jewish Languages

The department offers a specialization in language editing as part of the MA program.

Islamic and Middle East Studies

Arabic language proficiency is a pre-requisite. Applicants who do not meet the Arabic proficiency requirements will have to study a minimum of two years of supplementary courses.

Romance and Latin American Studies

In addition to focusing on History and Culture in the various tracks, there are also specializations in Linguistics of Romance Languages, the Indians in America Past and Present, and Iberian and Latin American Jewry.

Translation Studies

This program, offered through the Department of Hebrew Literature or Department of General and Comparative Literature, trains students to translate foreign literature into Hebrew. Students are required to be fluent in both Hebrew and the foreign language from which they intend to translate.

School of Education

Candidates must specify on their application form the requested area of specialization they wish to study. Note that the specializations have different application deadlines (see the chapter "Application Procedures"). Candidates must also register with the School of Education, using the internal form found on the website.


Faculty of Social Science

Most of the programs in the Faculty offer a study program concentrated in one day a week.

Areas of Specialization

Candidates interested in Urban and Regional Studies or Environmental Policy and Planning must apply and be accepted to a department in the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Faculty of Agriculture. The specialization in Urban and Regional Planning is designed mainly for students in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment. A specialization in Social Policy is offered in conjunction with the School of Social Work and Social Welfare. Candidates accepted to a Supplementary program may begin their studies in their area of specialization only after being admittedto the Master's program. An additional specialization in Gender Studies is offered by the Lafer Center to students in all faculties on Mount Scopus (mslaferc@mscc.huji.ac.il). Information is available on the website of the Faculty.

Communications and Journalism

Studies are offered in four tracks: multidisciplinary studies in Communications; Political Communications, in cooperation with the Department of Political Science; Internet and New Media; and Communications,Culture and Film, in the research track only.  Further information and an internal application form that must be submitted to the department can be found on the department's website.

Economics

Studies are available in a non-research track and in a research track offered in cooperation with the School of Economics at Tel Aviv University. In addition, the Department offers a specialization in Financial Economics in the framework of the joint program with Business Administration, which is intended for outstanding students.There is also a new joint program with the Federmann School of Public Policy. Information on the various tracks is available in the Faculty of Social Sciences course catalogue.
Candidates are requried to submit letters of recommendation and a letter regarding their personal ranking from their university.

European Studies

Studies are offered in the following areas: Politics and Economics; Law and International Relations; Geography and Urban Studies; Culture, Art, History and Sociology. It is possible to study either towards an MA or as a specialization with another major.

German Studies

The program focuses on researching the developments in post-1945 Germany. Studies are offered in the following areas: Politics and Economics; Law and International Relations; Geography and Urban Studies; History and Sociology; Literature, Philosophy, Culture and Art.

Geography, Planning and Environment

Areas of concentration: Historical and Urban Geography, Physical Geography, and a general track. It is also possible to specialize in Urban and Regional Planning or in Environmental Policy and Planning. Candidates must also register with the department using the form found on the website.

International Relations

Areas of specialization: Security and Diplomacy, International Law and Political Science, and International Political Economy. Further information and an internal application form that must be submitted to the department are available on the website. Admission requirements to the research track are stricter and include a personal interview.

Political Science

Studies focus on Political Behavior and Comparative Politics; International Relations; Israeli Politics; Public Policy and Public Administration; and Political Thought. The tracks offered by the department include  Democracy and Politics in Israel and the program in Politics and Communications, in cooperation with the Department of Communications and Journalism.
Students who need to study supplementary courses, will be able to take two of themduring the summer.
Admission requirements to the research track are stricter and include a personal interview.Further information and an internal application form that must be submitted to the department are available on the
website.

Program in Conflict Research, Management and Resolution

Students are required to take supplementary courses, according to their undergraduate major. The supplementary courses are integrated into the study program and must be completed with a minimum grade of 80 in each course. Due to the special nature of the program, students must take a full program and complete the requirements within the two years. Website.

Psychology – all Specializations

Application deadline: February 20, 2014. Candidates must also register with the department and send two letters of recommendation on special forms available on the website (in Hebrew) or in PDF format (in English).
Candidates must hold a BA in Psychology and have passed courses equivalent to the required courses of the Hebrew University Department of Psychology. A list of these courses can be obtained from our office.
Candidates must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – both the Psychology and the general exam, or the Mit'am Examination offered in Hebrew. All documents, including GRE scores and letters of recommendation, must reach the Office of Overseas Students Admissions by March 15, 2014. Only complete applications will be considered. Candidates who did not take the GRE general exam prior to December 2013 or the Mit'am Examination in October 2013 will not be eligible for admission for the 2014/15 academic year.
GRE Validity– Test scores are valid for five years.
Suitable candidates are interviewed in May, in Israel only. Decisions are announced by the end of June.

Candidates may choose one of the following areas of specialization: Biopsychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology, or in the new Division of Brain, Behavior and Cognition: Track in Applied Neuropsychology or the Track in Cognition and Cognitive Brain Sciences.
The following specializations are offered in the School of Education: Educational and Clinical Child Psychology or an Individual Program in Educational Psychology.

Candidates holding a degree in an area that is not Psychology, who wish to apply to an MA in one of the applied specializations, must take an extensive supplementary program. Admission requirements to the supplementary program include a minimum score of 650 on the Psychometric Test and a B.A. grade average equivalent to 85.  The program includes all undergraduate required courses and usually extends over two year. When applying to the M.A. program, students will need to meet the same admission requirements as all holders of ta B.A. in Psychology.

Statistics

Areas of specialization: Statistical Methods, Operations Research, Biostatistics and Official Statistics. The Faculty of Science offers a program in Mathematical Statistics and Probability.

The Federmann School of Public Policy and Government

The Honors Master's Program is a 50 credit research program. Joint programs are offered with Business Administration, Economics and Law. Application deadline: May 31, 2014.
Additional requirements: Excellence in undergraduate studies, GRE Quantitative section score, recommendations, resume and a personal interview.
Core studies include Public Economics, Ethics, Program Evaluation, Public Law, Policy Planning,  Policy Analysis Workshops. Acceptance to the various specializations and joint programs with other departments and faculties is based on successful completion of first-year core studies.
Accepted students will be exempt from first-year tuition and wil be reimbursed for the GRE. In addition to applying at the Office of Overseas Students Admissions, candidates must register at the Secretariat of the School. The internal form can be downloaded from the
website of the school. The website also includes information on scholarships unique to the School.

Sociology and Anthropology

On the application form, candidates must indicate one of the following tracks: Anthropology, Sociology, Demography or Organization Studies. They may also choose one of the combined programs: Sociology with a specialization in Urban and Regional Studies; or Sociology with a specialization in Environmental Planning and Policy. The combined programs require additional hours of study.
Candidates must fill out an additional form that can be downloaded from the
department's website. Only candidates who attach the completed form to their application will be considered by the Admissions Committee.

 School of Business Administration

Application Deadline: June 30, 2014 (including submission of GMAT scores).

Candidates must take the quantitative section of the GMAT.
Candidates with a BA grade average of at least "Very Good+" may request to be exempted from taking the GMAT. In addition, candidates who took the GRE may request that these scores be considered in lieu of the GMAT.
Students who did not major in Business or a related subject on the undergraduate level will be required to take supplementary courses during their first year and will not be able to complete the program in two years. Pending approval by the academic committee, students might be permitted to participate in graduate classes during the supplementary year.

Areas of specialization: Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management; Accounting; Operations Research and Operation Management; Finance and Banking; Information Systems; Marketing and Strategy.

School of Social Work & Social Welfare
Internal application forms for the vaious programs can be downsoaded from the website.

Social Work –
Supplementary Studies Track

The School of Social Work and Social Welfare is offering a new supplementary program for holders of degrees in other fields. The opening of the program depends on a minimum number of students.
The program is for holders of a B.A. or students who will graduate with a B.A. by April 2014, with a minimum average grade of "Very Good". B.A. studies must include courses in the Social Sciences that will grant exemption from at least 14 credits on a course list available from the website of the School. The track in Direct Teatment requires at least one year of experience in guided/supervised therapy. These are only the minimal requirements. The most qualified applicants will be invited for a group interview.
The program is designed to extend over three years. At the end of the first year, which will include basic core courses and practical training, students will have to meet the requirements for advancement into the MSW program. During the first year of the MSW program, students will complete the core courses and practical training and will begin the graduate courses. Those not accepted to the MSW program or who wish to leave the track will be advised to apply for second-year studies in the BSW program. Graduates of the program will receive an MSW and will be eligible to register with the Social Workers Registrar.
Candidates must apply at the same time with the Office of Overseas Students Admissions and the Academic Secretary of the School.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

This program is intended for candidates who have a BSW with a grade average of "Very Good" and two years of professional experience after graduation. Applicants must have a license from the Social Workers Registrar in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services. Candidates with degrees in other areas must first be accepted to the BSW program. They can then ask for credits to be recognized on a course-by-course basis. Candidates who will complete a BSW by June 30, 2014 and expect to obtain a grade average of "Very Good" as well as receive their license by the end of the summer are also eligible to apply. If accepted, they will be required to gain field experience during their studies.
Candidates choose from one of three trends: Advanced Studies in Direct Practice ("Clinical" track), Social Policy and Administration, or the Research Track (direct doctoral program). There is also a special track for outstanding students, combining all three. Candidates must register with the Office of Overseas Students Admissions as well as with the Program Secretary (Social Work Bldg. Room 516, Tel: 02-5882188).

Graduate Program in Social Work and Criminology

This is a unique interdisciplinary program combining Social Work with Criminology. The program aims at training professional leadership both in academia and in the field. This new program is run jointly with the Institute of Criminology and graduates will receive both an MSW (Master in Social Work) and MA (Master of Arts in Criminology). The program extends over three years and admission requirements are the same as for the MSW.

Graduate Program in Early Childhood Studies

This interdisciplinary program is designed for policy-makers, administrators and educators who work with young children (infants to 5-year olds).The program includes academic courses and supervised work (practicum) in early childhood settings. Preference will be given to graduates of Education, Psychology or Social Work. There is also a specialization in Management and Supervision of Early Childhood Systems (without the practicum).
Candidates must register at the same time with the Office of Overseas Students Admissions and the program secretary (Social Work Bldg, Room 505, Tel: 02-5882184).

Graduate Program in Management of Non-Profit and Community Organizations

The program aims at improving the quality of administrative, personal and interpersonal skills of policy makers and senior staff in community and non-profit organizations. Preference is given to candidates with experience in management of non-profit, community and/or public organizations. Candidates must register at the same time with the Office of Overseas Students Admissions and the program secretary (Social Work Bldg, Room 505, Tel: 02-5882184).

Specialization in Social Policy

A specialization program for graduate students in the faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law and the School of Social Work and Social Welfare. It is studied in addition to the regular graduate program. Candidates must list the specialization on their application form. Details are available from the office of the graduate program (Social Work Bldg, Room 516, Tel: 02-5882188).


Faculty of Science

Program in the Study of Rationality

The Center for the Study of Rationality is a multidisciplinary research center. Its members, who come from the departments of Biology, Business Administration, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Law, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology and Anthropology, and Statistics, are among the top authorities in their fields, including Nobel Prize winners Prof. Robert J. Aumann and Prof. Daniel Kahneman.
The Center offers a specialization program for doctoral candidates and graduate students planning to pursue a PhD Admission is open to students accepted to a PhD program or a graduate program in one of the above mentioned departments or a related department. In addition to departmental requirements, students earn about 15 credits in the specialization.

Computer Science

The MSc program in Computer Science is designed for graduates of Computer Science only. Graduates of other relevant fields will be considered for a supplementary program on a competitive basis.

Nano-Science and Nano-Techonology

Students accepted to the M.Sc. program in Chemistry, Physics or Applied Physics may apply for the specialization in Nano-Science and Nano-Technology.

According to Faculty regulations, students are required to find a supervisor for their research before  the end of the first year. In some cases, departments will require finding a supervisor as a condition for admission or for beginning studies.

Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environmente

  • In the Institute of Plant Sciences in Agriculture, candidates may specialize in Agricultural Botany, Field and Crop Growth, Genetics and Hybrid Studies, or Horticulture.

  • The Master's degree program in Animal Sciences is studied in the combined program "Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine".

  • In most departments, candidates will be required to find a supervisor for their research before being admitted.
  •  
  • More information on the website.

Koret School of Veterinary Medicine

  • Studies extend over four years.
  • Candidates must have completed a recognized undergraduate degree in the last seven years in ra relevant field.
  • The degree final average?GPA must be equivalen to at least 85, according to the University's conversion policies. Only the GPA given by the degree-granting university will be considered.
  • The undergraduate degree program must incclud courses in the following subjcets with a minimum grade of 80 in each: Basic Immunology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Endocrinology, Genetics, Human or Animal Physiology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics and Statistics. A list of the required courses can be found on the School's website.
  • Candidates must achieve a minimum score of 600 on the Psychometric Test and be exempt from Hebrew and English-language studies. Candidates who scored high on the GRE may submit a special request to be exempt from the psychometric requirement. Our institutional code fo rthe GRE scores is 0859.
  • Candidates are slso required to submit proof of fieldwork training with animals, according to the details on the School's website.
  • All applicants with non-Israeli degrees will be considered by the special admissions committee. The committee wil review additional grades submitted by the applicants.
  • Accepted students are required to present proof of Israeli citizenship before finalizing admsision.
  • A new program has opened in the School: Master of Veterinary Public Health (MVPH). The program is open to veterinary doctors and is offered in conjuction with the School of Public Health and Social Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, Jerusalem.

 

Faculty of Medicine

  • The Israel-Canada Institute of Medical Research offers a degree program in Bio-Medical Sciences that includes five specializations:  Cell Biology, Immunology and Cancer Research; Biochemistry, Metabolism and Endocrinology; Microbiology; Neurobiology; Human Genetics - Research Track and Human Genetics with Genetic Counseling – non research specialization offered every other year (which will not be offered in 2014/2015).

  • MSc studies in Pharmacy include the following areas: Clinical Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry, and Pharmacology. In Israel, the BPharm is the degree required for professional licensing.

  • Candidates for the MSc program in Advanced Clinical Nursing must have at least one year of nursing experience. Specializations include Geriatrics/Gerontology, Oncology, Complicated Adult Patient Care, Woman's Health. Applicants must submit an addtitional internal form and pass a personal interview.

  • The M.Sc. program in Occupational Therapy offers two tracks: a research track focusing on the development of research skills in various areas of occupational therapy sciences and a non-research track aimed at understanding clinical intervention processes using research evidence. In israel, the BOT is the degree required for professional licensing.
  • The School of Public Health offers an MPH program in three tracks: Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Health Advancement; and Health Management and Economics. There is also an MSc program in Epidemiology as well as a new MHA program in Health Administration. Applicants must submit an addtioanl form, available from the School's website.

  • In most areas of study, candidates accepted to the MSc program are required to find a supervisor for their research before beginning their studies.


    Details on all programs can be found on the faculty's website.
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