Structure and Duration of Studies

1.  The usual duration of a full program of Master’s degree studies is two years (four semesters). There may be other standard periods of study in particular study tracks. Any deviation from this time must be approved in accordance with the procedures of the teaching program, faculty and university. University directives apply to extending studies for reasons of childbirth or reserve duty. It is hereby clarified that students who complete their studies in less than two years will be required to pay 200% tuition.

Master’s degree studies are a continuation of the Bachelor’s degree studies with emphasis on specialization and familiarity with the research methods in a defined subject. Details of the Master’s program vary in different teaching programs, and include studies in advanced courses, passing the Master’s exam and completing a research thesis over the course of approximately one year (thesis track). In some teaching programs there are Master’s programs which do not include a thesis, but do not allow for continuing studies for a doctorate (non-thesis track). The first year is mainly devoted to participation in advanced courses both in and outside of the teaching program, and supplementary courses if required. The second year will be devoted mainly to the Master’s thesis which will be summarized in writing. The Master’s exam will test students’ ability to conduct independent research and their general knowledge of the subject in which they specialized. The exam will be held after completion of all the requirements for the degree and will focus on the work plan presented by students, or after submission of the written work, in accordance with the rules set by each teaching program. The written work will be read by at least one teacher in addition to the supervisor, and this teacher will be a full partner in determining the grade. (See details below.)

2.  Students in a program that is “not full,” i.e., planned in advance for a longer than usual period, must declare this at the registration stage. Admission to the program will be considered on an individual basis subject to the policy of the teaching program, and must be approved by the head of the teaching program. The teaching program may determine a maximum time in which the studies must be completed.

3.  In any case where studies extend beyond the usual period, it is students’ responsibility to assess how splitting the studies affects tuition.

4.  There is no obligation to provide financial assistance (see below) during the periods of extension but, subject to the supervisor’s agreement, a scholarship of up to 200% and for up to two semesters of extension is possible. A higher level of assistance must be approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Assistance during a period of extension beyond two semesters must be approved by the Vice-Rector in accordance with university procedures.

5.  As a rule, students granted an extension will not be awarded a teaching position, other than in exceptional circumstances with the recommendation of the head of the teaching program and approval by the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and for an extension of up to only two semesters. In such cases, supplementing the scholarship by the teaching program/supervisor will be limited to a maximum of 100%.

6.  Payment of tuition during the extension period (for students who have no teaching position or a limited teaching position) is the responsibility of the students. Payment of tuition by the supervisor for students during the extension must be approved by the head of the teaching program.

Master’s courses in the faculty are taught in Hebrew unless a student from abroad who does not speak Hebrew is attending the course. In such a case the course will be taught in English.

For a detailed list of Master’s teaching programs see here.

Tuition for Master’s degree studies is the full fee for at least two years. The rules governing tuition are detailed in the booklet “Explanations of Registration and Payment Procedures.” Further information.

Students must submit the final thesis by December following the end of their second year of studies for the degree. If this deadline is postponed they must register for an additional year of studies and pay tuition according to the rules for tuition fees.