M.A. in Political Science in Israel
Global Changes on the National Scale
Do you consider them terrorists or freedom fighters? Are asylum seekers are criminals for entering countries illegally? And could modern countries be truly and fully separated from any form and concepts of religion? If you spend your time thinking about these subjects you might consider a master's degree in Political Science.
The international M.A. tracks
will familiarize you with theories regarding national and international negotiations, international and domestic law, the rights of minorities and God and state concepts. Studying these areas in Israel gives students a unique look to life in the Middle East in a way that cannot be matched by learning of it on the news. You can visit various sites and organizations and meet people residing in Israel in order to get a better understanding of life and conflicts in Israel.
Several Israeli academic institutions offer M.A. programs in Political Science entirely in English. Students get a better understanding of leading political theories, Israeli society and the Middle Eastern conflicts, and take a close look at politics in other areas of the world. The programs aim to give students a better perspective on the social, cultural and religious processes that shape politics worldwide. Students can even focus especially on the role of media in shaping and changing domestic and international politics.
There are one-year (three semesters) and two-year tracks (four semesters). However, students can complete a thesis only at two-year tracks. Besides of theoretical courses, students will also attend practical workshops such as debates and conflict resolution as well as field trips around Israel. Note some programs require students to take mandatory Hebrew courses.
Study programs may include courses in:
* Israeli-Arab Conflict
* Media Culture and Identity in Israel
* Minorities in Israel
* Diplomacy Simulation
* Public Diplomacy
* War and Peacemaking
* Risk and Crisis Communications
Candidates must complete an undergraduate degree in a related field such as politics, government, journalism, sociology etc., with an average of 3.0 or above (80 or above). Students who wish to take a thesis track need an average of 88 or higher (3.4). Candidates who did not complete their undergraduate studies in an English speaking country must take an English proficiency test (such as IELTS).
Tuition fees for the one year tracks are approx. $15,000 - $17,000. In the two-year track the fees are approx. $10,000 per year.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Offers a one-year M.A. track in "Israel Studies: Politics and Society". Students of the program must take mandatory Modern Hebrew classes. The program focuses mainly on Israeli society, media, history, religion and culture.
Tel Aviv University - offers a one year track in Political Science and Political Communication. The program focuses mainly on the impact of the media on modern politics. Students will discuss study cases regarding international conflicts, domestic elections, revolutions etc.
IDC Herzliya – offers a master's in government program. Students may choose to specialize in one of the following areas: diplomacy and conflict studies or counter-terrorism and homeland security studies.