MA in Political Science

Tel Aviv University - International Office

Program Description

MA in Political Science

Tel Aviv University - International Office


In the complex world of contemporary politics, it is necessary to understand not just theories of politics and communication, but also the fusion of those theories and their practical applications. This is especially true in democratic states, where leaders have to orchestrate “permanent campaigns” in order to maintain the sympathy of the public in a reality full of global and local challenges. The one-year M.A. Political Science & Political Communication program explores these themes and more, offering students the opportunity to advance their knowledge and understanding of the practical dimensions of politics.

This excellent English-taught graduate program provides students with a deep and comprehensive knowledge of the dynamics and complexities of politics in the global age. Students come from all over the world and are encouraged to take up internships and other extra-curricular activities during an exciting year stay in Israel. The Political Science Department stands out in the study of political theories, political leadership, political communication, electoral systems and behavior and is the home of the Israel National Election Studies.

The program provides students with advanced knowledge, understanding, and tools of analysis in a world characterized by growing fusion between politics and communication. The program provides a broad, comparative, perspective of the challenges of leaders in the communicative age, and their relations with voters' expectations throughout their term and especially during election times.

Educational tours and meetings with political leaders, prominent journalists, and election specialists are incorporated into the curriculum.

The program grants an M.A. in Political Science from Tel Aviv University.

Career Success

Graduates are equipped to evaluate and respond to the challenges that arise from the interconnectedness between politics and communication and are prepared for careers as leading scholars, campaign managers, lobbyists, political consultants, press secretaries, diplomatic representatives, parliamentary assistants, journalists, news editors, political analysts, elections consultants, public relations consultants or professionals in related fields.



The program requires a total of 36 credit hours (12 courses, 3 credit hours each). The 9 core courses are mandatory; 2 courses are electives.

Mandatory Courses

10 courses, 3 hours each, altogether 30 hours:

  • Leaders and Citizens: Balancing Expectations in Democracies
  • Introduction to Political Communication
  • Elections, Voters, and Leaders
  • Research Methods
  • Theories of Political Leadership & Communication
  • Media, War, and Peace
  • Campaigns, Elections, and Democracy
  • Sites of Conflict and Political Horizons
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Democratization, Leadership, electoral campaigns and Global Challenges

Elective Courses

The students will choose 2 electives from the following list. Each course includes 3 hours per semester, altogether 9 hours per semester.

  • Populist leadership in Fascist, Marxist and Democratic Regimes
  • Political Economy in the Global Age
  • Politics and Media: Political Theories and Institutions through Cinematic Eyes
  • Where is European Integration Heading?

Students should submit 3 seminar papers in 3 of the courses stated as "seminar" on the academic schedule.

Optional Thesis

Students who wish and are qualified to write a thesis are invited to do so. This is an independent research work of approximately 15,000-20,000 words exploring a subject/research question. In order to qualify for acceptance, a student is required to finish the first semester with an average of at least 86 in the core courses. In addition, the student needs to make contact with one of the faculty members listed below and get his/her acceptance to guide the writing of the thesis on an approved topic. The student will be required to enroll for the fourth semester (extra tuition of $5,000); an extension of two additional semesters beyond that semester ($500 each semester) will be granted if necessary.

Faculty members who can supervise a thesis:

  • Prof. Amal Jamal
  • Prof. Michal Shamir
  • Prof. Yoav Peled
  • Prof. Tami Meisels
  • Dr. Yael Shomer
  • Dr. Udi Sommer
  • Dr. Tal Sade


The Admission Requirements for the MA in Political Science & Political Communication are:

  • A B.A., Bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • A minimal final grade of 80, or the equivalent for candidates from schools or countries with a different grading system.

Students who are not native English speakers and who haven't completed their undergraduate studies in English will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS test results along with their applications. The minimal TOEFL requirements are 573 on the paper-based test; 230 on the computer-based test; 89 on the internet-based test. The minimal IELTS requirement is 7. Students may be asked to provide formal documentation stating that their undergraduate program was conducted in English.

Application Materials:

  • Resume - Up-to-date Resume (CV).
  • Transcript with official seal and signature – Please send the original copy of your undergraduate studies and if relevant graduate transcripts to our office in Israel.
  • Please note that American students should send their transcripts to our NY office at TAU International, Office of Academic Affairs - 39 Broadway, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10006, USA
  • In case of credit transfer, please make sure to send your transcripts from all the academic institutions which are relevant to your Bachelor's degree.
  • Letters of recommendation – 2 or 3 letters of recommendation from members of academic or professional institutions, who know you well enough to assess your abilities.
  • Personal essay – Personal essay stating academic and career objectives: 400-700 words presenting your purpose and interest in pursuing the International MA in Political Science & Political Communication.
  • TOEFL or IELTS test scores – Foreign students who are not native speakers of English and who have not done their undergraduate degree work in English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores with their applications (as stated above).
  • Health Declaration.
  • A digital passport size photo.
  • Registration fee – A non-refundable $100 registration fee, paid by Credit Card or bank transfer.

Please read the instructions for admissions carefully:

All applicants should intend on submitting all required admissions documents and paying the application fee as early as possible. Only completed application files will be forwarded to our Admission Committee for review.

There will be three application deadlines, each of which will have its own timeline for completing an application and sending acceptances.

Applicants whose file is considered ‘Under Review’ and do not receive an acceptance or rejection letter by their submitted deadline’s schedule will automatically be placed on a waitlist for a decision in the following round. Our Committee will do its best to give priority to waitlisted applicants from the previous deadline.

Applicants who have a valid passport from outside North America, Western Europe, or Australia should intend on applying for Deadline #1 or #2. You will need to obtain a student visa from the nearest Israeli embassy or consulate before arrival, which can take up to 2-3 months for approval. All applicants should verify if the country which issued their passport allows them to travel into Israel. Applicants should order an official copy of their academic transcript, to be sent to one of our offices, at their earliest convenience. Official transcripts must be from an accredited academic institution and include: all courses taken, all grades received, and degree conferred upon completion. All transcripts will be evaluated by the university’s registrar office as part of the application process.

Application Deadline

Admissions Calendar for the 2017/18 academic year:

  • Deadline #1: completed applications due by 19 December 2016; decisions to be sent out by 16 January 2017
  • Deadline #2: completed applications due by 28 February 2017; decisions to be sent out by 18 March 2017
  • Deadline #3: completed application due by 31 May 2017; decisions to be sent out by 17 June 2017

Costs & Funding

Annual Tuition: $15,000 (USD)

Scholarships and Funding

TAU International is committed to making education accessible to all students, regardless of their financial backgrounds, and several sources of funding are available, including need-based tuition assistance, delayed payment plans, and external scholarships. We offer a scholarship through Masa with certain conditions. TAU also participates in U.S. federal student loan programs. See our extensive information on funding options for international applicants.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 23, 2018
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