1. All students in a research study track must submit a final thesis, to be assessed according to criteria defined by the teaching program (number of assessors, supervisor’s participation, how grades are awarded etc.; the thesis will be assessed by at least the supervisor and one other assessor). A grade for the thesis of at least 65 is a precondition for receiving the degree. The final score (weighted) from all the adjudicators together will be no more than 94; unless all adjudicators give the project of 95 or above. The grade 95 is considered excellent (mitztai'en).
2. If required by the study track, students who have completed all their courses will be examined in their Master’s exam according to specifications and procedures defined by the teaching program (number of examiners, supervisor’s participation, how grades are awarded etc.; there will be at least three assessors for the exam and a permanent one for all the Master’s exams in the same discipline). An exam grade of at least 65 is a precondition for receiving the degree.
The format of the Master’s exam is determined by the responsible teaching program. It is intended to examine students’ general knowledge and their deep understanding of their area of specialization. Passing the exam does not entitle students to a degree unless they have completed their courses and completed the Master’s thesis and submitted it in writing (in the research tracks). In cases where the final exam and final thesis represent the last stage of the Master’s studies, their order and the time gap between them will be determined by the teaching program. In any case, the gap will not exceed one month.
The final exam will be given orally (in some teaching programs orally and in writing). The date of the exam will be set by the head of the teaching program in coordination with the supervisor and the team of examiners. If the teaching program holds exams on fixed dates and not for every student individually, these dates must be notified to the students. Students must register for the exam and completion of the degree at the faculty secretariat for Master’s affairs about a month before the date of the exam, and only after receiving all the grades in the Master’s courses required by their teaching programs. Each teaching program will establish appropriate rules about the structure and content of the final exam; the relationship between the part of the exam dealing with general knowledge and the part relating to the thesis; subjects of the exam; study material. The rules and structure of the exam will apply to all students in the teaching program. The contents will vary for different students depending on their field of research. Students will receive detailed instructions from the teaching program regarding the subjects to be included in the exam. The head of the teaching program will appoint an examiners’ committee comprising at least 3 teachers, including one permanent teacher in each teaching program/stream who will participate in all the final exams. The role of the permanent teacher is to ensure equality among students in the level of requirements and assessment of achievements. In large teaching programs two permanent teachers will be appointed according to the fields of study.
3. An exam grade of at least 60 in every Master’s degree course is a precondition for receiving the degree.
4. As a rule, the weight of each of the above components in the final grade in a research study track, i.e., the final thesis, final exam and average of
course grades, will range between 30-40%. The precise weight of the various components will be determined by the teaching program in each study track. In non-research tracks which include a final thesis, its weight will be about one third of the final grade.
5. Every teaching program, in consultation with the faculty and after notifying students, may require the fulfillment of additional criteria for receiving the Master’s degree. This will be posted in the usual manner.
6. Award of the degree “with distinction” will be determined by a percentile defined by the university and the faculty according to the institution’s procedures.