Curriculum

Track A: Thesis Track*

7 Courses = 28 credit hours (4 core courses and 3 elective courses)
Thesis Research Paper

Track A students will be required to write one seminar paper (5000-7000 words) and a thesis research paper. For more detailed guidelines see here.

*Being able to pursue the thesis is dependent on the student's ability to find an appropriate advisor.

*Students selecting the thesis track should take into consideration that completion of a master’s thesis within one year is not guaranteed. A master’s thesis is an independent research project, and the pace of progress largely depends on the student’s efforts. Completion of a thesis may often require more than one year.

Track B: Non-Thesis Track 

9 Courses = 36 credit hours (4 core courses and 5 elective courses), Graduation project

Track B students will be required to complete two seminar papers (5000-7000 words each) and a graduation project (12,000 words). The graduation project can be based on the practicum, but can also be about another topic. For more detailed guidelines see here.

Language Study

Hebrew and Arabic courses are not included in the program curriculum. However, language study is available through the International School. Please note that language course grades are not calculated into the MA GPA, but they do appear on the student's transcript. The language courses begin prior to the MA program start date. Please contact the International School at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for exact dates and costs. 

Practicum

The practicum aims to provide students with hands-on experience in the practice of peace and conflict management, and to integrate the practical experience gained with the theoretical knowledge acquired in the program. Students will complete an internship at organizations working on projects related to peace and conflict management, broadly defined. In parallel, students will reflect on their experiences and analyze them on the basis of theoretical knowledge acquired in other courses. For more information, see here.

Extra-Curricular Activities

In addition to the courses and practicum, students will have opportunities to participate in field trips to regions of Israel that are experiencing conflicts and dealing with them; to take part in simulations of decision-making and negotiations; and to hear lectures by guest experts. The interactions between students coming from different countries also expand the students' experience and knowledge.

For stories about extra-curricular activities and student experiences, see here.

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