Join us for HebrewU's upcoming Virtual Open House on June 20, 2021 at 6pm Jerusalem Time
The achievements of Israeli agriculture are renowned worldwide. At its inception, the country was largely arid, rock-ridden, and overgrown with weeds, bare mountains, barren fields, infested marshes, and undeveloped water supply. Some of the most basic foods were imported. Today, Israel is a fertile and blooming land that exports its own agricultural products and has become a leader in irrigation systems, groundwater management, crop production, horticulture, biotechnology, biological and integrated pest control, and more. Israel's agriculture is a showcase demonstrating the ability to work with nature in order to create a friendlier environment.
One of the key factors in Israel's agricultural success has been the close relationship between growers in the fields, research and development teams in the industry, and the academic community. Constant mutual feedback makes research more responsive to real-life needs and gives those in the field the advantage of immediate access to new developments in the laboratories of academic institutions.
At the heart of this academic community is the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Hebrew University has the only Faculty of Agriculture in Israel, enjoying a unique status in the country. The Faculty acts as Israel's main source for the training of teachers, extension officers, and researchers.
The international Master of Science in Plant Sciences prepares students to become leading professionals in the present and future agriculture and adapt their new knowledge to local conditions in their home countries. Students will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in the scientific basis and principles of crop plant production, the environmental impact of agricultural activity, analysis of specific cropping systems, seeking solutions to practical problems, either in the scientific literature or by an experimental approach, and adapting appropriate solutions to various situations.
The one-year program leads to a non-thesis M.Sc. Agri in the field of Plant Sciences specializing in horticulture, field crops, and vegetable crops. After successful completion of the first year, qualified graduates can be reviewed for admission to the thesis track for the second year of studies to earn a thesis degree, and continue for a Ph.D. degree either in Israel or elsewhere. Upon completion of their studies, the majority of alumni return to their home countries, where they hold key positions in industry, education, academics, research, NGOs, and government organizations.
Learn the fundamentals of plant sciences based on the most recent scientific findings.
Benefit from the experience of leading scientists in plant sciences.
Take part in innovative, groundbreaking research in the lab.
Learn from the know-how of Israel’s year-round sustainable agriculture.
Acquire the practical knowledge and hands-on experience.
Understand the principles of crop plant production, the environmental impact of agricultural activity, and analysis of cropping systems, while seeking solutions to practical problems.
Enjoy an international atmosphere, site visits, field trips, and cultural events.