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Program overview
1 year
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Virtual open day
Start dates
August 2021

October 2021

Program description

MA in Israel Studies

The State of Israel is a complex mix of ancient and modern, sacred and secular, East and West, conflict and coexistence. Through the M.A. in Israel Studies – offered by the Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS) in conjunction with the Departments of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology – you’ll examine the historical processes that led to the creation of contemporary Israeli society and politics, the complicated relationships between the various groups that live side by side in Israel, and the ways in which Israel copes with these challenges domestically and abroad.

The program incorporates courses from a wide range of academic disciplines, including history, sociology, anthropology, political science, international relations, economics and religious studies. You will engage with Israeli politics, media and geography in a hands-on way and have the option to study Modern Hebrew intensively.

Admission requirements

Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or humanities

To be eligible for acceptance, you must have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education recognized by HebrewU
  • Minimum B average (85/100 or equivalent)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of English

In addition to your online application, you will be required to submit the following documents:

  1. Academic Records: Applicants must submit transcripts and diplomas from all prior academic degrees.
  2. Proof of English Proficiency: A TOEFL exam score of 80 or above, IELTS exam score of 6 or above, Amir exam score of 220 or above, or Amiram exam score of 120 or above. **
  3. A CV and Statement of Purpose
  4. Two Academic Recommendations
  5. Photocopy of your Passport ID page
  6. A Medical Form and Disclaimer Form(US citizens only)- both forms may be downloaded from the application website.

** If you have completed a degree at a university at which English is the sole language of instruction, or if you have completed a degree in English Language and Literature, you can request an exemption. You must submit documentation from your university verifying English as the language of instruction. Exemption is not automatic and is determined on a case-by-case basis.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

During their studies, students will participate in the following required courses:

  • Israel: Politics, Media and Society
  • Introduction to the Anthropology and Sociology of Israeli Society: The Many Facets of Israel
  • Spatial Planning in Contested Spaces: The Case of Israel and Palestine
  • Social and Political History of the State of Israel from 1948 to the present day

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

$10,400 USD per year


Degree earned: Master of Arts

Gain an in-depth understanding of Israeli history, politics, society and culture.

Career opportunities

Career Outlook: Foreign affairs, relevant NGOs, journalism, academia

Our graduates go on to pursue careers in a wide range of fields in the public and private sectors, as well as in academia, both in Israel and abroad.

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, founded in 1918 and opened officially in 1925, is Israel’s premier university as well as its leading research institution. The Hebrew University is ranked internationally among the 100 leading universities in the world and first...

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Mt. Scopus
9190501 Jerusalem

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