M.Sc. in Desert Studies

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Be'er Sheva
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About this program

M.Sc. in Desert Studies

The innovative, multidisciplinary program in Desert Studies is structured to provide an integrated approach, offering students exceptional opportunities to pursue a combination of basic and applied research. Students are exposed to a wide range of disciplines complementary to their track of study.

Admission requirements

For most specializations in Desert Studies, applicants should hold a B.Sc. degree in either science or engineering from an accredited institution. For the Environmental Studies specialization, applicants should hold a B.Sc., a B.A., or a B.Arch. degree from an accredited institution.

A TOEFL score of at least 85/120 or the equivalent score in an internationally recognized English proficiency exam is required. The English proficiency requirement is waived for applicants who received their Bachelor's degree in a program taught in English.

Applicants are expected to contact by e-mail one or more potential supervisors with whom they would like to work on their thesis (for more details, please refer to Faculty Members>

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Program content

The program offers the following tracks of study:

  • Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands
  • Irrigation and Plant Environment
  • Solar Energy and the Environmental Physics (for students who began up until October 2019)
  • Environmental and Aquatic Microbiology

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Students are required to complete 42 credits including 12 Research Project credits.

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

1 Ben-Gurion Blvd.
845000 Be'er-Sheva
Israel and the Occupied Territories

Phone no: +97286479798

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