Social Sciences - Graduate

The Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences

This page is up-to-date 9.1.2017

The School of  Political Science, Government, and International Affairs (1031)

The school offers two graduate programs. One requires the writing of an M.A. thesis and in certain cases of excellence may lead to Ph.D. studies. The second does not require an M.A. thesis and does not offer the option of Ph.D. studies in the department.


There are four areas of study:

  1. International Relations and Strategic Studies
  2. Political Communication
  3. Israeli Politics and Comparative Politics
  4. Political Thought


Diplomatic Studies (1035)

The program is designed to promote closer and more rigorous understanding of the diplomatic process as well as of the diplomatic profession by relevant other fields: world history, decision making theory, international economics, international law, media studies, strategic studies,  and, not least, regional and comparative political frameworks. Through this integrative approach toward diplomacy as a "bridging mechanism" our goal is to provide students, future scholars and prospective practitioners with the requisite perspectives, plus the research and conceptual tools for analyzing – and respecting – the enduring crucial role of judgement, leadership and negotiating skills, crisis management, dispute settlement and an ability to communicate effectively in today's globalizing society, economy and international political system.


Responding to the often-asked question: "Are diplomacy and the individual stateman any longer necessary? relevant? effective?", the courses offered within the program respond with a resounding "Yes!". Modern diplomacy remains, as it has always been, both an art and a science.


Further information can be found on the program's Hebrew Website.


Global Migration and Policy Studies (1036)

The M.A. program in Global Migration and Policy is an interdisciplinary master’s program taught in English that offers students the opportunity to engage critically with national and international issues that are at the forefront of today’s debates around migration and policy. The program is designed for passionate students with strong educational backgrounds, professional drive and, preferably, previous professional or activism experience. Led by scholars and practitioners in the field of migration, this program provides students with the theories, research tools, and first-hand experience to pursue careers in a variety of fields ranging from public policy, international affairs, politics, research, academia, and non-profit work. The program is structured so that students can obtain an M.A. degree (via a study track with a thesis or a study track without a thesis) within 2 years. Some areas that will be covered include the labor market integration of immigrants; the challenges of social integration and ethnic identification of the “second generation”; marginalization and discrimination; migration and communication; migration and the environment; immigration and citizenship policies; humanitarian theory and practice; human rights and migration; and forced migration, among others.


Further information can be found on our program's website.


Sociology and Anthropology (1041)

The purpose of the program is to deepen the student's knowledge of cutting-edge theories and research methods in Sociology and Anthropology and to train the next generation of sociologists and anthropologists for professional endeavors in research and teaching. Led by scholars of international reputation and public standing, the program provides students with the theories, tools, and first-hand experience to pursue careers in a variety of fields ranging from the design and evaluation of social programs and public policy to professional work in for-profit and non-profit organizations. To broaden the intellectual horizons of students, diversify the professional platform for knowledge acquisition, and expand networking opportunities, the program facilitates students’ exchange of one semester in one of the several exchange programs in universities abroad affiliated to TAU through the Erasmus+ program..


The program is comprised of five specialization tracks:

  • Sociology of organizations and Organizations for Social Change
  • Research and Critique in Sociology
  • Inequality and Distributive Justice
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Sociology of Education : A joint program with the Department of Policy and Administration in Education, School of Education.


Mandatory studies include advanced Sociological and Anthropological theories, practicum, advanced research methods, and a thesis workshop.


Elective courses and seminars include courses in areas such as sociological and anthropological theory, society and culture, political sociology, the welfare state, ethnicity and the labor market, social mobility, migration, medical sociology, sociology of the organizations, the anthropology of the "other", postmodern dilemmas in anthropology and urban and environmental studies, among others.


Sociology of Education (0725)

The program is offered jointly with the School of Education.  It is designed to train personnel both in basic and applied research as well as in the planning, evaluating, and managing of staff in institutions engaged in education.  It includes courses in areas such as the social aspects of educational policy, educational leadership, the social aspects of teaching, and inequality in education.



The Eitan Berglas School of Economics (1011)

Due to changes in the program of studies, please see details in the department's Hebrew Website.


Hebrew Language Requirements

Students who hold certificates from abroad must reach “Level Bet” in Hebrew prior to commencing their studies and reach Exempt Level prior to starting their second year of studies.


Psychology (1071)

There are five areas of study: Clinical-Research Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Brain and Cognition and Psychobiology.


In the areas of Clinical-Research Psychology and Psychobiology applicants should not stipulate this area of study as an alternative.


Applicants are requested to indicate their special interest on the form number 5 in The Hebrew booklet website.


Admission Requirements

 Applicants who intend to register for studies in psychology should have a B.A. in Psychology with a minimum grade average of:

  • Clinical-Research - 90
  • Social - 88
  • Brain and Cognition - 88
  • Cognitive - 88
  • Psychobiology - 88 


Personal Interview

  • Only students who are considered suitable (according to their curriculum vitae, recommendations, and B.A. grade average) will be invited for an interview. Interviews take place at the University during April – June.
  • Applicants to Clinical-Research Psychology and Social Psychology are required to pass a national selection examination in Psychology. Applicants for Social Psychology with a minimum grade average of 93 in B.A. may register without national selection examination in Psychology. The examination will be conducted by the National Testing Center.  Registration for the national selection examination is separate from the registration for the University.  The last examination took place in October 2016. The examination is in Hebrew Candidates must have a good knowledge of Hebrew. For foreign candidates, holding a degree in Psychology from abroad, the Department of Psychology will accept the GRE tests results (in the subject: Psychology) as a substitute for the examination in Hebrew handed till March 10, 2017. Please note that for prospective students applying to the 2017-2018 academic year, the Department of Psychology will only accept GRE scores from exams taken March 2013 until (and including) October 2016.
  • An M.A. degree in psychology gives the bearer the right to register as a psychologist with the Ministry of Health, in accordance with the laws applicable to psychologists. To work independently as a psychologist, further requirements must be fulfilled.


For further details contact the Psychology Department in the Sharett Building or visit the department's Hebrew website.


Instructions for Registration

Applicants are required to send the following material:

  • Original transcripts of previous studies.
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae, 2-3 typed pages in length.
  • Two letters of recommendation on prescribed forms available from the secretariat.
  • Passport photo.


The secretariat cannot process applications which do not include all the above.


For more information in Hebrew, please visit our website.


Labor Studies (1051)

To apply the MA in Labor Studies program, candidates need to have completed their BA with an average of 75 (or higher). The following documents are required:                     

  • A transcript of grades and a certification of completion the bachelor’s program. Candidates in the final year of their BA must submit their grades for five full semesters and a certification that their average is above 80. In this case, the candidate will be conditionally accepted and has to provide proof of completion of the BA program no later than the first day of of the first semester. Without such proof of completion, acceptance to the program will be revoked.
  • Statement of Purpose: In order to assess the candidate’s ability to formulate ideas clearly and concisely, we require candidates to submit a short essay (up to 1000 words) about his or her plans regarding the MA program. The essay may be submitted in English.
  • A letter from the department in which the candidate completed the BA specifying the candidate’s rank in class. Candidates in the final year of their BA should submit a letter indicating their rank in class in the previous academic year.
  • Candidates may (but do not have to) provide letters of recommendation from professors they have worked with during their BA.


Decision on acceptance is valid only for the year to which the candidate applied.


Executive Master's Program in Labor Studies and Human Resource Management (1055)

The Executive Master’s Program in Labor Studies and Human Resource Management is designed for senior and mid-level human resource managers who want to acquire a deeper understanding of human resources and develop a network of people facing similar challenges. We provide a comprehensive perspective on the field, including courses, seminars and specialized workshops on organizational theory, organizational change & development, human resources, and more.

  • To apply, candidates need to have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with an average of at least 75 and to have five years or more of experience in the field. The program is one-year long (three semesters, including the Summer), with classes held on Thursdays and Fridays, and does not require a Master’s thesis.
  • In addition, candidates have to submit a Statement of Purpose: In order to assess the candidate’s ability to formulate ideas clearly and concisely, we require candidates to submit a short essay (up to 1000 words) about his or her choice of human resources as a career. The essay may be submitted in English.


For more information, please visit our Hebrew website or contact us by e-mail or phone: 03-6409378


Public Policy (1082)

The department provides students with the tools for understanding the economic, political, social and administrative aspects of public policy and the interaction between them. The purpose of the M.A. program is to develop the skills necessary to analyze, evaluate, and formulate public policy and to train students for senior staff positions in the public sector.


Two alternative programs are available. The first is a program without an M.A. thesis. The second alternative, which includes the writing of an M.A. thesis, is designed for students interested in independent research and in continuing their studies toward a Ph.D.


Executive Master in Public Policy (E.M.P.P.)

The Executive Master in Public Policy enables senior managers in the public sector with substantial experience and a bachelor’s degree to take a concentrated master’s degree program without having to absent themselves excessively from their work.


The program is similar to the Public Policy program, with additional elements designed to meet the special needs of these students.

  1. Students take all courses together as a one class.
  2. The program is held on Thursdays and Fridays.
  3. The program is held in 3 consecutive semesters.


For more details regarding registration and tuition: Naftali Building, Room 054, Tel: 03-6405889, or 03-6409524


Public Policy – Conflict Resolution and Mediation (1084)

The Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation offers an M.A. degree, with an optional thesis track, in a rapidly growing field, both in research and practice. The purpose of the Evens Program is to expose its students to different disciplinary approaches – legal, political, cultural, psychological, and economic – in the study of conflict resolution, as well as to prepare them to become professional mediators. The Program enables students to specialize in different areas of conflict resolution at the local and international levels.


Security Studies (1052)

The aim of the program is to provide the student with advanced knowledge in international relations, strategic studies, cyber security studies, military history, and related subjects.


There are two graduate programs.  The first requires the writing of an M.A. thesis. The second does not require an M.A. thesis and does not offer the option of continuing to Ph.D. studies.

Further information can be found on our Hebrew website.


Communication (1085)

The department offers a two-year program leading to a M.A. degree in Communication. The program has two tracks: research thesis track (with potential doctoral studies at a later stage) requiring 32 credits and a non-thesis track requiring 38 credits.


Graduates holding a B.A. in Communication from an accredited Israeli institute of higher learning with a final grade average of 84 may apply. Records of study of holders of B.A. degrees from outside Israel are assessed by TAU's Admissions Office.


Candidates with a B.A. in other fields may apply but are required to take a full year (20 credits) of prerequisite coursework in communication plus courses in statistics and research methods (depending on prior studies) with an average grade of 85 in all courses.


Applications are submitted to TAU's Admissions Office. In addition, applicants must send the Department the following documents: Curriculum Vitae, a sample of written work (e.g., a seminar paper written during one's undergraduate program) and a 500-word statement of purpose. Also, two letters of reference must be submitted directly to the Department by former teachers on forms that may be downloaded from the Department's website .


Following preliminary screening, prospective students will be invited for a personal interview.

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