Graduate Studies – General Information

Structure of Graduate Studies

A Master's Degree (MA, MSc, etc.) is usually completed in two years. In some of the MA programs taught in English there is a one-year option (autumn/spring/semmer semesters). An index of all graduate programs offered by the Hebrew University can be found on the following link.

Several 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 pursue a Doctoral degree are required to register as Supplementary-PhD students and write a thesis.
  • Individual Graduate Program which focuses on a central research topic. Applicants must find a research supervisor to construct with them a study program that includes courses from several departments.
  • Specializations are offered by some faculties and are studied in addition to the disciplinary course of study.

Admission requirements are listed according to country of origin on the following link. Please note: applicants that completed less than half of the required credits at the degree-granting university, should contact the Overseas Applicants Unit to check the recognition status of their degree.

Generally, 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.

Supplementary Studies

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 a few courses to two full years of studies, depending on the departmental requirements.

In certain cases, a department may approve the acceptance to a supplementary program of candidates who did not reach level Dalet on the Proficiency Examination. These students will be able to complete level Gimel during the first semester and take one or two courses approved by the department. This option might extend the duration of studies, and the students who have chosen it will still be required to reach the exemption level, as detailed in the chapter "Hebrew Language".

Completion of the supplementary program with a certain minimum grade average is one of the requirements for admission to the Master’s degree program. Students in the supplementary program will have to reapply for the 2018/19 academic year directly through the Faculty Secretariat and online.

Students completing a supplementary program in the Faculty of Humanities will be accepted to the Non-Research Track only. Transfer to the Research Track will require meeting certain conditions in the first year of the MA program.