MASTER’S DEGREE STUDIES → Master’s Exam and Assessment of the Student’s Achievements
The format of the Master’s exam is determined by the responsible teaching program. It is intended to examine the student’s general knowledge and his deep understanding of his area of specialization. Passing the exam does not confer a degree without completion of the courses and completion and submission in writing of the Master’s thesis (in the research tracks). If the final exam and final thesis represent the last stage of the Master’s studies, their order and the time gap between them will be determined by the teaching program. In any case, the gap will not exceed one month.
The final exam will be given orally (in some teaching programs orally and in writing). The date of the exam will be set by the head of the teaching program in coordination with the supervisor and the team of examiners. If the teaching program holds exams on fixed dates and not individually for each and every student, these dates must be notified to the students. Students must register for the exam and completion of the degree at the faculty secretariat for Master’s Affairs about a month before the date of the exam, only after receiving all the grades in the Master’s courses required by their teaching programs. Each teaching program will establish appropriate rules about the structure and content of the final exam; the relationship between the part on general knowledge and the part relating to the thesis; subjects of the exam; study material. The rules and structure of the exam will apply to all students in the teaching program. The contents will vary among students depending on the field of research. Students will receive detailed instructions from the teaching program regarding the subjects to be included in the exam. The head of the teaching program will appoint an examiners’ committee comprising at least 3 teachers, including one constant teacher in each teaching program/area who will participate in all the exams. The role of the constant teacher is to ensure equality between students in the level of requirements and assessment of achievements. In large teaching programs two constant teachers will be appointed according to the fields of study.
All the rules that apply in Bachelor’s studies to attending courses, awarding of grades, holding exams and dates for submission of papers are binding in Master’s studies, unless otherwise stated expressly.
Minimum required achievements
1. Minimum grade in each Master’s course: 60
2. Minimum grade in the final exam: 65
3. Minimum grade in the thesis: 65
4. Minimum final average for the degree: at least 65
Final exams in Master’s courses will be held on one date only. From the academic year 2013/2014 there will be no additional exam date (mo’ed bet).
A student’s overall grade for the degree will be determined as follows:
In the research track the overall grade will be determined on the basis of the weighted grade in the courses (usually 40%), grade in the final thesis (usually 30%) and grade in the Master’s exam (usually 30%). Deviations from these weights are detailed by some teaching programs. In the non-thesis track the overall grade will be determined on the basis of the weighted grade in the courses, the Master’s exam grade. In some programs this weighting will also include the grade for an expanded seminar paper or participation in a teaching program seminar. Further details – in the programs of the teaching programs.