Israel Studies, M.A.

The International Master’s Degree Program in Israel Studies offers students the opportunity for an in-depth study of the state of Israel: its history, complex society, multicultural character and relationships with the Jewish Diaspora.

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

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 12 months
Starting in: October
Tuition Fee: $ 10,600 + service fees
Location: Haifa, Israel
  • 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 program is taught in English over three consecutive semesters from October through September. Graduates will be awarded a Master of Arts in Israel Studies, alongside a certificate of specialization in Israel Studies and 20th Century Jewish History.

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

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"I am grateful beyond words for the opportunity to study at this institution and alongside such kind, passionate and helpful peers and professors. This community has fostered a sense of belonging in a place foreign to many, and has allowed for its students to thrive and achieve. What I have found to value most is the diversity surrounding this program, which can be seen in our course listings, our wide range of research interests, and backgrounds. Every student brings something different to the table."

Hanna Green // MA in Holocaust Studies alumnus from the USA

Why study with us?

Academic Excellence

We offer academically demanding programs that challenge students and expand their intellectual horizons in new subject areas as well as provide progress in their major area of study


Close to 1,000 students from over forty different countries around the world enroll annually in the University of Haifa International School's various interdisciplinary and international programs where they learn and explore in an atmosphere of coexistence, tolerance, and mutual respect


The University of Haifa offers an innovative learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment