Study programs

The Political Science Department at the Hebrew University offers you the opportunity to join a gripping intellectual journey, integrating the interesting studies of Israeli society and politics with the international political system. The department is ranked internationally and domestically as the best Israeli department in this field, and is ranked within the top ten leading departments outside of the United States. For anyone seriously interested in this field, this is the place to study. Among the department's faculty members are the best researchers and lecturers in Israel, four of them recipients of the Israel Prize.

In the framework of the different study programs, the department will impart knowledge, depth and understanding to the wide term of “Politics” through focusing on different ideologies and their developments, institutions and their political purposes,  as well as additional subjects which overlap with politics such as: bureaucracy, legislative law, culture and art.

 

Please chose from the following Programs:

Undergraduate Degree (B.A)

Masters Degree (M.A)

Doctorate (PhD)

Advanced track for MA-PhD

Undergraduate (B.A.) degree

Political scientists study how politics work- both within the state and between states. They ask questions like- why do wars breakout? How are  coalitions established? What is an effective political campaign? Why do certain religions inherit hatred for other religions? How is public policy designed? What is social justice? Are a boycott movements,  like the BDS movement for example, ethical?  How does the media cover politics? When do democracies become unstable? How is public opinion formed, and how is an election won? If you are interested in the way the world of politics works in Israel and around the world- then this is the field of study for you.

 

What Can You Do With This?

Studies of political science aid developing needed skills in the job market. The program in the department is designed with the goals of contributing to the improvement of critical thinking,

understanding and analysis of facts, communication and research scholarship and ethical reasoning.

 

Graduates of the department fill senior positions in both the public and private sectors in Israel and abroad in the fields of management, diplomacy, public relations, journalism, and of coarse- research, teaching and politics. In the past and currently, our graduates filled positions including- Ministers, Ministers of Knesset, journalists, CEOs of government offices, for example the bank of Israel, Ambassadors of Israel, Chairmen of the Knesset and many more.

 

Why at Hebrew University?

The Hebrew University is ranked as the top university in Israel. The department for political science is the first in Israel with a rich history in research and teaching. The faculty of the department is assembled from graduates of the best universities in the world and the best of the researchers, recipients of the Israel Prize, members of academia for sciences and the Council for Higher Education. The faculty members are involved in political debate, hold senior positions in the public service and serve as advisors to institutions of government as well as to politicians. The department invests in enriching activities, lecture-student forums, guest speakers and a special track is offered for honors students from the beginning stages of their studies.

 

The department sees the importance of integrating academic research and political involvement in Israel's capitol- Jerusalem. We offer unique additions to the program of study with an emphasis on  fieldwork, like the course integrating practical specialization and the course integrating visits to the legislature.

 

We encourage excellence, and offer different prizes of excellence within the Bachelor degree program.

 

We offer support through our mentoring program and offer aid to different populations and have a guidance counselor just for the first year undergraduate students.

 

Which other majors work well with Political Science?

The program for undergraduate studies is intended to provide theoretical and research tools for the purpose of understanding and to deepen involvement in the academic and political arenas. The breadth of the field provides a basis for the study and practice in the derived and tangential fields including international relations, economics, communications, law, business administration, psychology, middle eastern studies, sociology, philosphy, education, statistics, history, geography and more.

 

Many of the options have the added value that they open windows to worlds of interdisciplinary knowledge and are given the option of specialization by combining core and elective courses (for example: political communications, political psychology, political sociology, political philosophy, political geography, political organizational consulting, applied statistics, regional specializations- such as the middle east or eastern Asia)

 

Additionally, we offer a number of other programs:

 

Law- Political Science, for combining with the study of law (this track requires separate acceptance to the faculty of law) (link to Hebrew information site)

The program for educational-social leadership, to combine with education studies (link to Hebrew information flier)

Studies toward gaining a teaching certificate for High School in citizenship and government.

Political Science and International relations- the program is specifically built to accommodate combining both degrees.

 

Join us!

Please note that the great majority of courses at the undergraduate level are taught in Hebrew.

 

Additional Information on undergraduate studies in the Department of Political Science

 

 

link to information and registering for the University

 

The structure of undergraduate studies

In the framework of B.A. degree program, there are two tracks:

Double Major- Studies in the Political Science Department parallel to studies in a different department of choice.

Single Major- Extended studies in Political Science combined with complementary courses from outside the department.

In the first year of study, all students are required to study in the Double Major track.  Students will be allowed to change to a single major track, upon their second year of study if he/she meets the requirements outlined in chapter 4 of the Annual Catalogue of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Please note that the great majority of courses at the undergraduate level are taught in Hebrew.

 

Option to combine studies with a number of unique programs:

Studies with an emphasis on educational social leadership, a collaboration between the School of Education and Department of Political Science (link to information flier in Hebrew).  The program offers a unique and prestigious framework geared for undergraduate students who consider themselves socially active both in the civil and educational fields. The basis for this study program is that social leaders should be knowledgeable, with vision and multidimensional perspective in their field of activity. Therefore, during their studies these students will be endowed with a wide range of tools which will allow them to dissect complicated processes in organizations, political systems and the field of education; initiatives of creative and responsible processes; and driving processes of social change.

Joint Program with the School of Law

Studies towards a certificate in education in Citizenship. This track opens each year and students who complete their second year of studies are accepted.

Emphasis studies tracks (open to students who complete their first year of studies)

Enphasis studies in policy and governance (in Hebrew)

Emphasis studies in political psychology (in Hebrew)

 

 

For additional information on Undergraduate studies [in Hebrew, pages 3-12]

Link to the Annual University Catalogue

Link to the registration website

Adviser for undergraduate studies: Dr. Pazit Ben-Nun Blum

Advisor for first year students: Ms. Hilah Segal Klein - ba.advisor.polisci@mail.huji.ac.il

Graduate (M.A.) program

The Political Science Department offers different study tracks for graduate studies, and for each program there are different admissions requirements.

Each track may be taken as a research track (including a thesis submission) or a non-research track:

General M.A. - research and non-research track

Specialization in Democracy and Politics in Israel

Specialization in International Relations

Program for Advanced Studies (Telem)- integrated MA and PhD program

General M.A.

This study track is intended for students wishing to leave their study options as open as possible, allowing them to focus on areas that may not belong to the specific specialization tracks (for example, political thought). The general M.A. track is intended for both the research and non-research paths. Studies without specialization include general required courses (depending on the choice of path of study, research/non-research) and elective coursework, making up 36 course credits. General M.A. track students are welcome to receive advice from the department's M.A. advisor. 

 

For additional details and admissions requirements on the University website (in Hebrew)

for additional information on the structure of M.A. studies (in Hebrew, pages 13-18)

 

In order to register for M.A. studies you must complete both of these tasks:

1. Register and pay for registration on-line through the University website.

2. Fill out the internal registration form  and send with all the required paperwork attached to Ms. Orel Levi in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

 

Additional Details:

Coordinator of M.A. registration in the Political Science Department: Ms. Moran Mizrahi-Avraham: moranav@savion.huji.ac.il

Coordinator of M.A. registration in the Faculty of Social Sciences: Ms. Orel Levi: orele@savion.huji.ac.il

Professor Ephraim Podoksik – Advisor for M.A. students: 972-2-5883273 podoksik@mail.huji.ac.il

 

Specialization in Democracy and Politics in Israel

Head of Specialty: Professor Gideon Rahat

The main rational behind this specialization is the combination of the uniqueness of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University - located in Jerusalem at the center of government and politics in Israel, adjacent to areas of relevance to research combining the political and practical arenas of the department faculty - and the desire of our students to learn and understand, in depth and in practice, the characteristics, dynamics and processes of Israeli politics and democracy. Accordingly, the studies in this specialization will explore subjects which apply to democracy and politics, in Israel and more broadly, empirically, theoretically and normatively. The main goal is to provide students with integrated distinct knowledge and understanding of these fields. The many specialties and expertise of the department in the aspects of democracy and politics in Israel ensure a diverse and unique program with high standards. The combination between democracy and politics in Israel is designed to provide a deep understanding of the essence of democracy and the ability to examine strengths and weaknesses in its implementation in the case of Israel. 

 

For additional details and admissions requirements on the University website (in Hebrew)

for additional information on the structure of M.A. studies (in Hebrew, pages 19-20)

 

In order to register for M.A. studies you must complete both of these tasks:

1. Register and pay for registration on-line through the University website.

2. Fill out the internal registration form  and send with all the required paperwork attached to Ms. Orel Levi in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

 

Additional Details:

Coordinator of M.A. registration in the Political Science Department: Ms. Moran Mizrahi-Avraham: moranav@savion.huji.ac.il

Coordinator of M.A. registration in the Faculty of Social Sciences: Ms. Orel Levi:orele@savion.huji.ac.il

Professor Ephraim Podoksik – Advisor for M.A. students: 972-2-5883273 podoksik@mail.huji.ac.il

Specialization in International Relations

Head of the specialty: Professor Daniel Schwartz

 

This specialty focuses on the areas where International Relations and Political Science overlap.  The goal  is to enable students interested in cases dealing in the overlap between the international arena and the arena of state, or in matters which touch upon the international arena of politics more broadly, to combine core and elective courses from the Department of International Relations in their studies. This specialization is based on the disciplinary proximity between the departments, allowing advanced political science students to strengthen their acquaintance with theories and methods from the field of International Relations. This track enables students in the research track specifically to acquaint themselves with the research in the field of International Relations. In essence, this is the main track for these students, allowing them to formulate research theories and gain tools which can be integrated in both the political and international arenas. 

 

For additional details and admissions requirements on the University website (in Hebrew)

For additional information on the structure of M.A. studies (in Hebrew, pages 24-25)

 

In order to register for M.A. studies you must complete both of these tasks:

1. Register and pay for registration on-line through the University website.

2. Fill out the internal registration form  and send with all the required paperwork attached to Ms. Orel Levi in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

 

Additional Details:

Coordinator of M.A. registration in the Political Science Department: Ms. Moran Mizrahi-Avraham: moranav@savion.huji.ac.il

Coordinator of M.A. registration in the Faculty of Social Sciences: Ms. Orel Levi:orele@savion.huji.ac.il

Professor Ephraim Podoksik – Advisor for M.A. students: 972-2-5883273 podoksik@mail.huji.ac.il

Specialization in Political Communications

Head of the specialization: Professor Yifat Maoz

 

The specialization in political communications is an elite program geared to attract the best B.A. graduates from these fields, who will become the research and professional pioneers and will lead the field in Israel. This program will equip students with theoretical and methodological tools from the fields of politics and media to enable an in-depth understanding and wide perspective on the relationship and the influences politics and media share. 

 

For additional details and admissions requirements on the University website (in Hebrew)

For additional information on the structure of M.A. studies (in Hebrew, pages 21-23)

 

In order to register for M.A. studies you must complete both of these tasks:

1. Register and pay for registration on-line through the University website.

2. Fill out the internal registration form  and send with all the required paperwork attached to Ms. Orel Levi in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

 

Additional Details:

Coordinator of M.A. registration in the Political Science Department: Ms. Moran Mizrahi-Avraham: moranav@savion.huji.ac.il

Coordinator of M.A. registration in the Faculty of Social Sciences: Ms. Orel Levi:orele@savion.huji.ac.il

Professor Ephraim Podoksik – Advisor for M.A. students: 972-2-5883273 podoksik@mail.huji.ac.il

Program for advanced degrees (Tele"m)

Head of the program: Professor Orit Kedar

General information

The department for political science at Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel offers an innovative study program which integrates M.A. and Ph.D. studies and is funded by academic scholarships.

Link to information flier (in Hebrew)

Link to information flier (in Arabic)

About the program

The program for advanced studies is a five-year qualification program that integrates masters and doctoral studies in the format of Graduate School in place at leading universities worldwide. This selective program through the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem offers an intensive learning environment and is academically challenging on an international level. This new program is oriented to instill students with the skills needed for conducting research at the highest standard and to position those selected research students at the frontline, spearheading the academic work in Political Science.

A select number of our honors students, with undergraduate degrees, are chosen based on outstanding academic achievements. These students have a wide range of intellectual capabilities, including their flexibility in thinking, depth of thought, research ambitions and their potential to contribute to a creative and productive environment.

This academic program begins with a two-year component during which the students participate in an array of advanced courses which provide them with a systematic, in depth and critical acquaintance with the top and most up to date research in the field. Additionally, the students write a final thesis. With the conclusion of this portion of the program, the students receive their M.A. in Political Science. Throughout the following three years of the program the students are dedicated to working on their doctoral thesis, enriching their knowledge through additional courses, integrating in the world of research, including presentations of the details of their research in academic forums in Israel and Internationally.

This program, the first of its kind in Israel, strives to create financial security for its students, providing them with the resources to allow their academic work to be the central focus of their professional lives. To reach this goal, those students who meet the right criteria and are accepted to the program, are endowed with scholarships which cover academic costs, these students also will work as Teacher’s Assistants and researchers at the University to support themselves. The outstanding among them will receive scholarships to cover living expenses. Additionally, the students selected to study in this elite program are granted the opportunities of working with leading political scientists in Israel and studying with the highest caliber of students in the country. They will receive preferential treatment for endowments of grants and other University and institution based funding including scholarships to participate in scientific conferences overseas. 

For additional information on the structure of the Tele"m program (in Hebrew, pages 27-31)

 

Cooperation with Tel Aviv University

The Tele"m program cooperates with it's parallel research program in the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University. This cooperation allows students from both universities to attend classes of up to 4 credits in the partner department. The student must get permission to participate in the course from the head of the Tele"m program, and from the department where the course is offered. Following these approvals, the student must get authorization from the faculty (education coordinator, Ms. Orele Levi).

 

Registration

Registration is done through the university registration system

Applicants should submit the following materials to the administrator of graduate students of the faculty, Ms. Orele Levi (orele@savion.huji.ac.il ), by June 1, 2017:

  • Department registration form
  • Undergraduate transcripts (require at least a 90 average or equivalent) 
  • 2 references indicating research capabilities
  • CV
  • Declaration of academic intent, no more than two pages, detailing fields of interest for academic studies

Please note, you will be asked to rank you preferences. A student interested in being accepted to Tele"m should mark this as "Political Science" (reference # 311). Tele"m is an internal departmental program and thus is not registered separately.


Leading applicants will be invited to an interview during the month of June. You should bring to the interview a final course paper, seminar paper, or draft of seminar paper.

A prerequisite class list will be developed for applicants who have not studied political science in the past.

 

For additional information please contact:

Ms Rina Tzalik, Coordinator of Department of Political Science: +972-2-588-3058

For information about registration to the Tele"m program in Political Science please contact Ms. Moran Mizrahi-Avraham:  moranav@savion.huji.ac.il , or by phone: +972-2-588-2797. 

For academic questions:Please contact Prof. Orit Kedar, head of the Tee"m program: orit.kedar@mail.huji.ac.il

Doctoral studies

Doctoral Advisor: Professor Moshe Maor

 

The Political Science Department's Doctoral Program is designated for those who completed a research M.A. in Political Science, with an 85 and above average, who wrote a thesis which earned an 85 or higher, and have an assigned doctoral mentor who is a member of the faculty.

 

The first stage in the acceptance process is establishing an appropriate doctoral mentor. For this purpose, it is recommended to test the expertise and publications of the faculty, to send potential mentors an email with a copy of your resume and to set up a meeting with them. (In extraordinary cases, acceptance of a student may be weighed conditionally in the case where the student does not have a doctoral mentor, this condition is valid for up to two semesters).

 

Students who meet all of the above requirements are invited to send a request, after finding and receiving approval of a doctoral mentor, to the authority for research students to Ms. Ruth Nidam (ruthn@saion.huji.ac.il). The authority for research students accepts requests biannually, in July and January. The authority will ensure that you meet the required standards of the university and the Department of Political Science and then they will transfer your request to the Department’s doctoral committee.

 

It is recommended to carefully read the formal requirements to apply for a request on the authority for research students.

 

If you completed your M.A in Political Science, with an average below and 85 and/or you received below an 85 on your thesis, we regret we cannot accept you to the Doctoral program (although, your application may be considered if your grades are only slightly lower than the threshold, for example and 84 average in you M.A. studies and an 87 on your thesis- in this case you will need to apply a request to the authority for research students), ruthn@saion.huji.ac.il), (after finding and receiving approval for a doctoral mentor.  The Authority will decide whether to pass your case onto the doctoral council for political science).

 

If you completed your non research M.A.  in Political Science, with an 85 and above average, and you have a doctoral mentor you may apply to the Faculty of Social Sciences with a request to register as a student “completing research requirements” and within that framework, write a final paper. Send your request to Ms. Orel Levi (orele@savion.huj.ac.il) along with approval from your doctoral mentor and the doctoral advisor, Professor Moshe Maor (msmaor@mscc.huji.ac.il) and copy of your transcript (M.A.), with a copy for Ms. Moran Mizrahi-Avraham: moranav@savion.huji.ac.il.

 

The doctoral mentor and advisor can prescribe your approval by assigning you specific courses of while meeting their minimum standard. In general, students will be required to learn one or two of the required core courses for research students. upon completion of the thesis, based on the conditions set, you can submit a request to the Authority for Research Students and register for doctoral studies.

 

If you completed your Master’s in a different discipline, which is not political science, with a final average of 85 of above and wrote a thesis on which you received an 85 or above and you have a doctoral mentor from within the faculty, you may submit to the Political Science Department an application for the status of “specialized research”. This request should be submitted in coordination with your mentor and should include you graduate and undergraduate transcripts to professor Moshe Maor (msmaor@mscc.huji.ac.il). The Doctoral council will decide whether to accept you and will decide, along with your doctoral mentor, whether or not to build a completion program (which will likely include B.A. courses, M.A. course and requirements to write a thesis in Political science) and the required grades within the completion requirements. Upon successfully completing he completion program you will qualify to apply to the Authority for Research Students a request to register for doctoral studies.

For additional information on the structure of doctoral studies in the department (in Hebrew, page 32)

 

For more questions, contact the Authority for research studies (ruthn@savion.huji.ac.il), the department coordinator for political science Ms. Rina Tzelik (rinatz@savion.huji.ac.il), and/or to the Doctoral Advisor, professor Moshe Mar(msmaor@mscc.huji.ac.il) However, please check the extensive information on the  Authority for Research Students web site.

 

For More information on the structure of doctoral studies please refer to the Research Authority web site