Study Programs and Master’s Courses

MASTER’S DEGREE STUDIES → Study Programs and Master’s Courses

1.  The program of Master’s courses is determined by each teaching program separately and includes advanced compulsory and elective courses which are also designed for doctoral students. The list of courses will be compiled together with the supervisor and will be approved by the head of the teaching program or the advisor for Master’s studies. The student’s Master’s study program will include at least two thirds of Master’s-level studies (in or outside of the teaching program) and no more than one third of Bachelor’s-level studies outside the teaching program, from the second or third years, which are essential for the Master’s studies and have a close academic connection to them. In the Master’s studies, credits will not be granted for studying a second foreign language. Credits for studying programming will be granted up to a maximum of three.
The minimum passing grade in Master’s courses is 60.
Final exams in Master’s courses will be held on only one date. From the academic year 2013/2014 no additional exam date (mo’ed bet) will be held.

2.  Supplementary studies
A student of the Hebrew University (or another recognized institution of higher education) who meets the admission requirements for Master’s studies, but is lacking a number of background courses, will have to undertake additional studies to make up the lacking knowledge. The scope of the supplementary studies will be no more than 16 credits, which he will have to fulfill in addition to the teaching program’s Master’s program. The minimum grade in supplementary courses will be at least 75 or another minimum grade which will be determined by the teaching program. Grades in the supplementary courses will not be counted in the average for the Master’s degree, and payment for them is in addition to tuition for the Master’s. Students must complete the supplementary studies in the first year of their studies. If this is not done they will not be able to continue their Master’s studies.

Supplementary year
A student who has been required to take supplementary courses to a scope of more than 16 credits will have to complete them before being accepted for the Master’s studies. The average grade of the package of supplementary courses in such a case will be at least 75, or another minimum grade determined by the department. The grades in these courses and their average will not count in the average for the Master’s.
Students who do not have a B.Sc. will have to take supplementary courses to a minimum scope of 40 credits of which 8-10 credits will be in Mathematics and Statistics. The teaching program is entitled to increase the scope of supplementary studies but not to reduce it, except in cases where the student presents relevant courses that can be offset against the quota of 40 credits. This offsetting will require approval by the faculty Teaching Committee.
Students who are accepted for Master’s studies through the School for Overseas Students will have to obtain an exemption from Hebrew and/or English studies as a condition for completing the Master’s degree.

3. Bachelor’s courses “banked” for a Master’s degree
“Banked” courses are advanced courses studied above the quota required for the Bachelor’s degree. Such courses, whose content will be regarded by the teaching program as significant for Master’s degree studies, may be included, with the advisor’s approval, in the Master’s study program and their grades will count as part of the overall grade for the Master’s degree. An application to change these courses from the status of “banked for a Master’s degree” to “Master’s degree studies” should be made to the secretariat for Master’s studies. These courses should not be entered in the computer as part of the Master’s courses. The scope of “banked” courses should not exceed one third of the scope of the Master’s program in the same teaching program. A student who obtained an average grade of at least 85 in his Bachelor’s studies will be permitted to transfer “banked” courses from the Bachelor’s to the Master’s program up to a scope of half of the Master’s program.

4. Advanced courses taken at another institution of higher education in Israel or overseas, and were approved in advance as part of the student’s study program, will be counted in the calculation of credits for the degree but without a grade. A request to approve such courses will be considered only if the student obtained a grade of at least 65 in them.

5. Students will not be granted credits as part of the Master’s studies for participating in external frameworks such as: conferences, workshops and supplementary research. Students for advanced degrees will be required to participate in safety training which will be held in their units. Students whose researches relate to work with animals must attend course no. 94810 – “Use of Laboratory Animals.”

6. Personal study program for Master’s degree
This program is intended for students who wish to take studies comprising more than one scientific field. Only students who completed their Bachelor’s degree studies with an average grade of at least 85 can apply for a personal program. The study program will be determined in consultation with the supervisors and heads of the teaching programs and with the approval of the Teaching Committee.