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Israel Studies


The UHaifa International Master of Arts in Israel Studies offers students the opportunity to engage in an in-depth study of the state of Israel: its history, complex society, multicultural character, and relationship with the Jewish Diaspora..

Aligning the unprecedented growth of programs, research centers, and chair endowments in Israel Studies in North America and Europe, our international Master’s program is designed for students who wish to broaden their understanding of Israeli society. This includes a variety of perspectives, including Aliyah and migration, economics, politics, culture, religion, and the ties between Israel and Jewish communities abroad.

This International Master’s program is part of UHaifa’s School of Historical and Regional Studies, home to a wide range of study programs that collaborate in research and teaching. Its unique academic model provides students the freedom to choose from a variety of courses and extensive research options.

  • Provides students with a historical perspective of the establishment of the State of Israel.
  • Encourages independent critical thinking regarding the historical development of Israel and its current status.
  • Provides students with the education and skills to succeed in careers in public affairs, diplomacy, foreign affairs, education, and research.
One Year, One Degree

Our one-year international Master’s program is taught in English over three consecutive semesters from October through September. Graduates will be awarded a Master of Arts (MA) in Israel Studies, specialization in the field of Israel Studies and 20th Century Jewish History.

Hybrid Study Option

This program offers a hybrid study option, allowing students to attend lectures via Zoom from abroad


Students who prefer to pursue the research track will submit their thesis within one year of completing their coursework, which may require a prolonged stay at the university.



Highlighted Courses

The Zionist Ideology

Religion, Science and Politics in the Cartography of Israel from the Middle Ages to our Time

Modern Israeli Society

1948 War – Field Course

Israel Stories: Page, Stage, and Screen

The Arab-Israeli Conflict: History and diplomacy

* The curriculum is subject to change without notice

Admission Requirements
  • BA degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences with a minimum of 3.0 GPA, 80% (B) (Israeli system), or equivalent in all undergraduate courses.
  • Good command of the English language
Application documents
  • Copy of undergraduate diploma and official transcript of BA degree showing full list of courses, date of graduation, and conferred degree.
  • Two recommendations letters
  • TOEFL – score 89 or alternative acceptable English language examination score
  • Personal Statement (500 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resumé
  • Medical forms (international students only)
  • Copy of valid passport
Scholarships & Aid

The program offers attractive scholarships for eligible students.

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