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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.
Plant Sciences Curriculum
Biotechnology for Agricultural Crops
Introduction to Molecular Biology
Contemporary Approaches to Plant Physiology
Biotechnology for Agricultural Crops
Practical Workshop in Crop Management (two semesters)
Basic Irrigation Systems
Experimental Design and Statistical Analyses + Practice
Mineral Nutrition of Higher Plants
Integrated Pest Management
Scientific Writing and Presentation
Research Methods (three semesters)
Biological Control of Agricultural Pests
Principles of Plant Breeding
Current Greenhouse Crop Production
Post-Harvest Biology and Technology
Advances in Vegetable Production
DNA Markers for Genetic Analysis and Breeding
Reproductive Biology of Fruit Crops
Crop Physiology and Production
The curriculum is subject to change.
B.Sc. degree or equivalent from a recognized university in the field of agriculture, plant sciences, crop sciences, plant production, plant protection, agronomy, horticulture.
Undergraduate level biochemistry.
GPA of 80 or above (B- on the letter scale).
High level of proficiency in all English skills, documented by one of the following: At least 89 on the TOEFL internet-based test; At least 6.0 on the IELTS
Documentation of previous academic studies conducted in English.
Three letters of recommendation; at least one must be academic (not from family members).
Relevant experience is recommended but not mandatory.
How to Apply to the 2022-23 MSc in Plant Sciences and MSc in Environmental Quality Sciences
The Application Handbook and application forms will be posted in July 2021.
Applications for admission with scholarship: November 1, 2021 - March 1, 2022.
Applications for admission: November 1, 2021 - June 1, 2022.