Social Sciences - Graduate

The Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences


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

This program is up to date 13.12.22.


The MA Program in Political Science aims to provide students with comprehensive knowledge and tools to understand and analyze various political processes across the world. The program includes four areas of focus: comparative and Israeli politics, international relations, political thought, and political communication. As such, it affords a unique combination of broad theoretical knowledge and flexible choice by areas of interest. Additionally, the program offers methodological training and skills useful both for academia and for the public and private sectors.

The MA Program offers two tracks. The first track includes a master’s thesis, providing the opportunity to engage in active academic research under the guidance of the school’s leading faculty. Outstanding students would also be able to advance into doctoral studies in the field. The second track includes a comprehensive set of classes without a thesis, offering a deep and broad base of knowledge for students interested in careers in related fields in the public and private sectors. 


Diplomatic Studies (1035)

This program is up to date 29.01.23.


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.


The program offers two tracks: a research track with a thesis, offering outstanding graduates the ability to apply to the doctoral program in the School of Political Science, Government and International Affairs, and a non-thesis track.


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


 Migration Studies (1036)

This program is up to date 21.01.21.


This program will not open for registration in academic year of  2023/2024


This is a one year interdisciplinary MA program on Global Migration and Policy. The program is taught entirely in English: offering students from Israel and abroad the opportunity to engage critically with national and international issues that are at the forefront of today’s debates around human migration. The program is designed for passionate students with strong educational backgrounds and personal drive. 

Migration is an interdisciplinary field of study, and as such lends itself to a variety of professions. Led by scholars and practitioners in the field of migration, as well as anthropology, sociology, political science, international relations, law, and economics, the program equips students with relevant tools and first-hand experience to pursue careers in fields ranging from public policy, international affairs, development, human rights, community development, equal opportunity advocacy, politics, research, academia, and non-profit work.


Program structure:


Year 1 (fall, spring and summer semesters) – required courses, electives, internship, student exchange (optional), thesis (optional)



Non-thesis track and Thesis track


Some topics covered include theories of international migration, migration and civil society, labor market integration of immigrants; challenges of social integration and ethnic identification of the “second generation”; marginalization and discrimination; language and migration, migration and the EU; migration and economics; migration and the environment; immigration and citizenship policies; humanitarian theory and practice; human rights; and forced migration.


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


Sociology and Anthropology (1041)

This program is up to date 01.01.2023


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 four specialization tracks:

  • Organizations and Social Change
  • Inequality and Distributive Justice
  • Socio and Cultural Anthropology
  • Sociology and Anthropology without specialization


Mandatory studies include advanced Sociological and Anthropological theories, practicum, advanced research methods, and a thesis workshop (only for students in the thesis track).


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.


The Eitan Berglas School of Economics (1011)

This program is up to date 26.12.2023.

The MA program provides one of the best possible preparations for a PhD in economics; it is a unique joint program of study with the Hebrew University combining the best courses and economists in Israel, offering a series of mini courses taught by leading faculty from the very top department in the world, and exposure to the frontiers of economic research.

Due to changes in the program of studies, please see Hebrew information in the attached link to the School's Website

Hebrew Language Requirements

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



Psychology (1071)

This program is up to date 18.01.2024.


There are five MA Programs at the school, with each program setting different research challenges and targets for its students, and requires different grades and procedures for admittance. Please see short descriptions of these requirements below. 


Clinical and Research Program
The program trains students in three areas:
a. Practical clinical training for child and adult care.   
b. Academic training in a rich variety of theoretical clinical courses.   
C. Research training of the clinical field.

Admission Requirements 

An average score of at least 90 in a Bachelor's degree in psychology, and rate the clinical program as their first preference.

A score of at least 105 un MITAM test. Holders of a bachelor's degree from abroad - only, can take the GRE Psychology test with at least the 63rd percentile, instead of the MITAM test.

The school will select suitable applicants, according to curriculum vitae, recommendations, B.A. grade average and the score of the MITAM/Gre. Only these applicants will be invited to the estimation day.


Psychobiological Program
This program combines research at behavioral, physiological and neurobiological levels. Research attempts to understand brain activity and the molecular and brain mechanisms of normal behavior, and of neuropsychiatric diseases, for finding innovative treatments and medicines.
Admission Requirements are 88 in BA grades.


Social Psychology Program
Social psychology investigates how the social environment shapes brain activity, behavior, thoughts and emotions. It explores attitudes, decision-making, motivation, gender, social neuro-cognition, relationships between and within groups, conflict and reconciliation.
Admission Requirements are 88 in BA grades.


Brain and Cognition Program
The purpose of the program is to give students in-depth knowledge of the neural base of cognitive processes including attention, perception, memory, decision-making, etc.  
The program focuses mainly on the human brain and in addition to theoretical knowledge offers courses in a variety of methods for brain research including MRI, EEG and behavioral methods for the study of cognitive processes.
Admission Requirements are 88 in BA grades.


Cognitive Psychology Program
This program explores the areas of perception, attention, awareness, semantic processing, memory, decision-making, and more.    We aim to develop skills in theoretical thinking, research methods and scientific communication. The Cognitive Psychology Program trains its students to integrate as researchers in academia, industry and in any framework that requires skills in research conducting.
Admission Requirements are 88 in BA grades.


Interdisciplinary Program
 The Interdisciplinary Program exposes outstanding students to a variety of fields of knowledge and methods in psychology. Students build themselves a personal curriculum in accordance with their interests in research psychology.
Admission Requirements are 88 in BA grades.


For further details on all our programs, please contact the Psychology Department MA secretary or visit the department's Hebrew website.



Labor Studies - Master's Program focusing on Human Resource Management, Labor Relations and Organizational Change (1051)

Information on this program is up to date 24.12.2023.


The Master’s Program in Labor Studies is designed for students with experience in human resource managers or in NGOs and trade unions who assist and represent workers. The program enables the students to acquire a deeper understanding of work within and outside organizations. The studies provide a comprehensive perspective on the field, including courses, seminars and specialized workshops on organizational theory, organizational change & development, human resources, and more. Taking part in a fixed class throughout the year enables to engage in mutual learning and to develop a network of people facing similar challenges.  

  • 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 two years or more of experience in the field. The program is one-year long (four semesters, including an intensive course before the beginning of the regular school year and a summer semester that follows). Classes are held on Thursdays and Fridays. Writing a Master's thesis is optional.           
  • Candidates must submit a CV and 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 their view of work-related careers in times of (technological, global, demographic or cultural) change. Essay can be submitted in English, but students must have a good learning ability in Hebrew.


For more information, please visit our English website or contact us by e-mail .



Cyber, Politics and Government Studies (1020)


Cyber, Politics and Government Studies

A unique program that combines strategic thinking with technology to develop the core strategic planning in societies, governments and organizations, that desire to address the new challenges of the cyber era. It aims to those who wish to lead activities and organizations in a changing world and is pioneering in its desire to educate and train students and executives in this so critical fields for the future.

The program is generated by TAU, in the heart of one of the global centers of cyber leadership – strategically and technologically. Specifically, TAU was the heart of Israel Cyber Initiative, it is currently the heart of the new "Smart Systems" national initiative, and it has leading researchers in these fields, as well as vivid and dominant research centers.



1. To educate next generation of executives and policy makers to lead their organizations during the cyber era.

2. To train next generations for an auto-didactic studying capacity in a changing cyber world.

3. To develop strategic capacity to live through, to develop policies and to lead societies in the cyber era.

About the Program:

1. Taught in English.

2. 3 semesters (10 months) from October to August.

3. No need in prior technological knowledge.

4. Suitable also for people who work during the day. 

5. The courses will take place two days a week - Tuesday's from 1pm and Friday mornings.   


 General Admission Requirements

  • ​Bachelor's degree from any field from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Minimal final GPA of 82, or the equivalent for candidates from schools or countries with a different grading system 
  • Letter of recommendation - A letter of recommendation from members of Academic or professional institutions. 
  • Proficiency exam for non-native English speakers
  • Resume



Public Policy (1082)

This program is up to date 29.01.2023


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.


Studies are held once a week over two academic years. The program offers two tracks:

  • M.A. without thesis;
  • M.A. with thesis which is designed for students interested in independent research and in continuing their studies toward a Ph.D.


Note: All students begin their studies in the non-thesis track, and can switch to the research track after reaching an average grade of at least 85 in the mandatory courses of the program and have a thesis mentor.


For more details regarding registration:



Master in Public Policy Leaders  (1082-1066)

This program is up to date 29.01.2023


This is a concentrated one-year track non-thesis track held in three consecutives semesters and is suitable for full-time working students with 5 years proven management experience. It is recommended that prospective students should have experience in the public sector and a bachelor degree.

Some of the classes are held jointly with the students in the Public Policy track (1082) and others are held separately.

The program is similar to the Public Policy program (1082) with additional elements designed to meet the special needs of students in this particular track.

  1. Students take all courses together as a one class.
  2. The program is held one and a half days a week.
  3. The program is held in three consecutive semesters (A, B & Summer).


For more details regarding registration:


Please Note:

All students, in all tracks, pay the same tuition fees.

All programs are offered in Hebrew as the primary language.



Conflict Management and Mediation (1046)

This program is up to date 02.01.2023


The Evens Program in Conflict Management 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.


For more information, please visit our Hebrew website and/or contact us by email:


Security Studies (1052)

This program is up to date 29.01.23.


The aim of the program, headed by Prof. Eviatar Matania, the founder and former Director General or the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD), is to provide the student with advanced knowledge in international relations, strategic studies, cyber security studies, military history, and related subjects. It is rich in content, and proud in the quality of its courses and lecturers, who are renowned for their academic excellence and practical professional experience.

The program offers two tracks: a research track with a thesis, offering outstanding graduates the ability to apply to the doctoral program in the School of Political Science, Government and International Affairs, and a non-thesis track.


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.


The special, one-year MA Program in Security and Diplomacy

This program is up to date 05.12.2021


Diplomacy studies - 1045, Security studies - 1062

The program provides advanced knowledge and analytical tools for the study of strategy, diplomacy, decision-making and the shaping of security and foreign policy. The outlook of the program is global, with a special focus on Israel and the Middle East. At the practical level, the program prepares students for employment in defense bodies, international organizations (both governmental and NGOs) and international economic organizations. 


The program lasts one year, from October to Sept-Oct, including a summer semester. Classes take place on Wed. afternoon and Friday morning. They are taught by the best that Israel has to offer in terms of academic excellence and practical professional experience. 


MA Sustainable Development (1092) 

This program is up to date 12.12.2022


Sustainable Development is a new one-year program introduced in 2020. Ideal for pioneering Next Gen leaders looking to sustain and develop our growing planet, which allows to learn how to become a true leader in the field, whether in academia, civil society, or industry.

Sustainable Development is the defining challenge of our time. Meeting it will require innovative ways to provide the global population with an environmentally sustainable and equitable supply of energy, water, and food that can help improve health, livelihoods, and wellbeing, especially for currently low-income populations in developing countries.

The interdisciplinary master program in Tel Aviv University seeks to train pioneering and entrepreneurial students from around the world to become leaders in this field. A particular emphasis is placed on engaging with Israel’s technological innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem and its own development experience.

The program includes training in the theoretical foundations and the practical skills relevant to the study and practice of sustainable development.

The Program offers two tracks:
-    The standard (non-thesis) track is designed for students interested in pursuing non- academic careers in sustainable development and will be completed after the third (summer) semester. In special cases, they will be able to join the semester abroad.
-    The research track is designed for students interested in conducting cutting edge applied research on sustainable development and will be completed in four semesters. 

Our Sustainable Development graduates can expect to have sterling careers in academia, civil society, or industry. With our planet facing ever-more challenging times, Next Gen leaders with the skillset and innovation to provide relevant sustainable solutions will have an assured role in the future of our world.

For more information please contact us by email or visit our web page


* The name of the Program until the academic year 2023/2024  - MA Developing Countries


Communication (1085)

This program is up to date 26.01.23.


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.


New MA program: Data in the Digital Age 1085 (0100)

The DAN Department of Communication


Individuals and organizations today increasingly depend on collecting, storing, and analyzing big data. These technological developments have an impact on a variety of areas such as government and democracy, health services, management, marketing, interpersonal and social communication and much more. Yet these transformations come with a price: the growing surveillance, loss of privacy and loss of control.

The new master program at the DAN Department of Communication focuses on those transformations in a world saturated with information. It provides students with tools to analyze and understand the mechanisms of data production as well as to control and design them.

As part of the MA program, students acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in technological, social, economic, and ethical fields related to data science. They join internships, meet leading practitioners, analyze case studies, and draft position papers. This in-depth knowledge and skills help them integrate in various emerging professions in the job market centered around big data.


Who can apply?

BA graduates in the social sciences who meet the admission requirements of the DAN Department of Communication. This program is also suitable for candidates holding BA degree in other fields such as computer science, engineering, and humanities, who are interested in the impact of digital technologies on society and the ways society can develop and shape digital technologies in return.



Program Advisor: Dr. Sandrine Boudana

Administrative coordinator: Ms. Sabrina Unger

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