M.A. in Israel Studies: Politics and Society

Rothberg International School - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Program Description

M.A. in Israel Studies: Politics and Society

Rothberg International School - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israel Studies: Politics and Society One Year M.A. Program

offered in conjunction with the Departments of Politcial Science and of Sociology and Anthropology

Academic Head: Prof. Gideon Rahat

This one year program is designed for students who are interested in Israeli politics and society, providing them with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to the study of Israel, including the study of history, politics, anthropology, culture and religion. Graduates may pursue careers in foreign affairs, NGOs, journalism, and academia.

Courses from the M.A. program in Israel Studies: Society and Politics are also open to visiting graduate students on a one year or semester basis. 

Course of Study

The M.A. program consists of 42 credits over three consecutive semesters (14 credits are required courses + 20 credits are elective courses and 8 credits in seminar papers). Students will be expected to conclude all courses for credit with a grade based on either an exam or written paper. Two of these papers must be seminar papers (4 credits each).

Required courses (14 credits):


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

  • Israel: Politics and Society (4 credits)
  • Readings in Anthropological and Sociological Theories (2 credits)
  • Readings in Political Science Theories (2 credits)
  • The Ten Commandments: The Cultural Codes of Israeliness (2 credits)
  • Advanced Workshop (4 credits) 

Electives (22-24 credits):

Electives can be selected from among the courses offered in the Israel Studies program and other related RIS graduate programs. The student may choose, in consultation with the academic advisor, to replace one the elective courses with an individual tutorial (4 credits). Students with a sufficient level of Hebrew may also choose from graduate-level courses offered in the Hebrew University departments of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, Journalism and Communications, International Relations, and History.

Modern Hebrew Requirements

Students will be expected to complete two levels above their level upon acceptance to the program (i.e. students who started the program at level Alef are required to complete level Alef and Bet).  With the academic advisor's approval, students who complete three or more levels of Hebrew may use half of the credits earned (up to 6 credits) towards their degree.

Additional Language Studies

Students who wish to study another language may, with the academic advisor's approval, use half of the credits earned (up to 6 credits) towards their degree.



Scholarship and financial aid is available

Admission Requirements

Qualified students with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education are eligible for admission to the program. Admission is competitive and is based on transcripts and letters of recommendation. Candidates must have

  • a final grade point average of at least 3.2 (B)
  • a relevant background in the areas of political science, sociology or anthropology
  • be prepared to enrolle in at least level Bet Hebrew at the beginning of their first semester of study. Students who have minimal or no knowledge of Hebrew (level Aleph) must attend the Summer Ulpan.

Knowledge of English: Candidates who did not previously study at an educational institution where the language of instruction is English must submit official TOEFL scores or the equivalent. The minimum TOEFL score required is 573 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer-based test, or 89 on the Internet-based test.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2016
1 year
Full time
17,000 USD
Start date Oct. 2016
Israel Jerusalem
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 17,000 USD