International MSc Programs

We invite you to study modern agriculture, nutrition and environment at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of the world's leading institutions in the fields of agriculture, nutrition and environment. It is the only institution in Israel offering advanced degrees in agriculture. The international Master of Science programs are taught in English and lead to a fully-accredited non-thesis Hebrew University degree in the fields of:

  • Plant Sciences 
  • Animal Sciences 
  • Environmental Quality Sciences  
  • Nutritional Sciences

The programs are comprised of state-of-the-art theory, scientific approach and practical application. A broad curriculum prepares students to become highly qualified professionals in their fields. The Hebrew University degree opens the door to PhD studies in Israel and worldwide and to key positions in government, NGOs, industry, advisory boards, hospitals and more.  

Participation in the international MSc programs is a life-changing experience. Students in the programs benefit from a supportive academic environment, become immersed in Israeli society and culture, and interact with a diverse group of international students.  

About the programs 

Type of degrees: MSc Agr, MSc Nutr - Non-thesis

Duration: 12-months (one full year) comprised of fall, spring and summer semesters.

Academic year: October to September.

Coursework: Includes core and specialized courses, required and elective, and a research exercise and seminar. The written and oral research exercise prepares students to conduct research under the supervision of a mentor, investigating a well-defined problem in his/her field of specialization.

Credits required for degree: 46

Transfer to thesis track: Qualified students who fulfill the requirements have the option to transfer to the thesis track after completing the non-thesis track.

Program years: 

  • Nutritional Sciences and Animal Sciences: Held biennielly in odd-numbered years. Next programs will open in 2017 and 2019.
  • Plant Sciences and Environmental Quality Sciences: Held biennielly in even-numbered years. Next programs will open in 2018 and 2020.

Academic Requirements   

How to apply

 

 

 

How to Apply

2017-18 MSc programs in Nutritional Sciences and Animal Sciences
The application period ended on March 1st for applicants requesting a scholarship. 
If you are a self-funding student, please contact the program coordinator: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il 

2018-19 MSc programs in Plant Sciences (Crops, Horticulture) and Environmental Quality Sciences
The application period is November 1, 2017-March 1, 2018. The Application Handbook and forms are available at the bottom of this page. 

 

Academic Requirements for MSc Programs

  • B.Sc. degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a relevant field: agriculture, animal sciences, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, ecology, environmental sciences, food sciences, natural sciences, nutritional sciences, plant sciences, etc.*
  • Adequate knowledge of undergraduate level biochemistry is required in the Nutrition, Animal Sciences and Plant Sciences programs.
  • Scientific background relevant to the selected study program.
  • GPA of 80 or above (B- on the letter scale).
  • High level of proficiency in all English skills, documented by one of the following:
    • At least 89 on the TOEFL internet-based test
    • At least 7.0 on the IELTS
    • Letter of English proficiency from your university stating that academic studies were conducted in English.
  • Two-three letters of recommendation; at least one must be academic.
  • Relevant experience is recommended but not mandatory.

*Degrees in other fields will be considered. The candidate may be required to supplement the degree with undergraduate-level biochemistry, molecular biology and/or other science courses.

 

Tuition and Expenses

 

Application Handbook and forms for 2018-19 international MSc programs in Plant Sciences and Environmental Quality Sciences.

 

MSc in Agriculture - Plant Sciences

  • Next program: October 2018 - September 2019
  • Application period: November 1, 2017 - March 1, 2018

 

The MSc program in Plant Sciences offers two specializations:

  • Horticulture 

  • Field and Vegetable Crops 

 

Alon Samach, Associate Professor
The Robert H. Smith Institute for Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture
Academic Program Head, International MSc in Plant Sciences
 


The achievements of Israeli agriculture are renown worldwide. At its inception, the country was largely arid, rock-ridden and overgrown with weeds, bare mountains, barren fields, infested marshes, and an undeveloped water supply. Some of the most basic foods were imported. Today, Israel is a fertile and blooming land that exports its own agricultural products and has become a leader in irrigation systems, groundwater management, crop production, horticulture, biotechnology, biological and integrated pest control, and more. Israel's agriculture is a showcase demonstrating the ability to work with nature in order to create a friendlier environment. 

One of the key factors in Israel's agricultural success has been the close relationship between growers in the fields, research and development teams in industry, and the academic community. Constant mutual feedback makes research more responsive to real-life needs and gives those in the field the advantage of immediate access to new developments in the laboratories of academic institutions.

At the heart of this academic community is the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Hebrew University has the only Faculty of Agriculture in Israel, enjoying a unique status in the country. The Faculty acts as Israel's main source for the training of teachers, extension officers and researchers. 

The international Master of Science in Plant Sciences prepares students to become leading professionals in present and future agriculture and adapt their new knowledge to local conditions in their home countries. Students will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in the scientific basis and principles of crop plant production, environmental impact of agricultural activity, analysis of specific cropping systems, seeking solutions to practical problems, either in scientific literature or by experimental approach, and adapting appropriate solutions to various situations.

The one-year program leads to a non-thesis M.Sc. Agri (Master of Science in Agriculture) degree in the field of Plant Sciences (Horticulture or Field and Vegetable Crops). After successful completion of the first year, qualified graduates can be reviewed for admission to the thesis track for a second year of studies to earn a thesis degree, and continue for a PhD degree either in Israel or elsewhere. Upon completion of their studies, the majority of alumni return to their home countries, where they hold key positions in industry, education, academics, research, NGOs and government organizations. 

 

 

 

2016-17 Plant Sciences Curriculum

 

Semester A

  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology for Agricultural Crops
  • Introduction to Molecular Biology 
  • Contemporary Approaches to Plant Physiology
  • Experimental Design and Statistical Analyses + Practice
  • Mineral Nutrition of Higher Plants
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Scientific Writing and Presentation

Semester B

  • Biological Control of Agricultural Pests 
  • Basic Irrigation Systems 
  • Post-Harvest Biology and Technology
  • Weed Management
  • Principles of Plant Breeding
  • Current Greenhouse Crop Production
  • Plant Propagation and Nursery Management
  • Advances in Vegetable Production
  • Seed Production
  • DNA Markers for Genetic Analysis and Breeding
  • Reproductive Biology of Fruit Crops
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Crop Physiology and Production

Summer Semester

  • Research Exercise (Horticulture)
  • Seminar (Horticulture)
  • Research Exercise (Crops)
  • Seminar (Crops)

MSc in Agriculture - Environmental Quality Sciences

 

  • Next program: October 2018 - September 2019
  • Application period: November 1, 2017 - March 1, 2018
     

Academic Chair of the International MSc Program in Environmental Quality Sciences

Yael Mishael, Associate Professor
Head, Department of Soil and Water Sciences
 

About the Program

The Master of Science in Environmental Quality Sciences prepares students to address the challenges of global environmental issues: development of alternative water and energy resources, water and soil pollution treatment, waste recycling, agricultural intensification, environmentally-sustainable pest control and plant protection, and related economics.

The multidisciplinary program is taught by academic staff from the Robert H. Smith Faculty's Environmental Quality and Natural Resources in Agriculture department and the Agricultural Research Center's Volcani Institute. The courses cover broad areas of scientific research, such as: environmental microbiology, ecology, soil and water, economics, weed control, botany and plant protection. The common denominator of these diverse fields is the goal to understand and promote processes that affect and improve the quality of the environment and nurture a sustainable agricultural environment for future generations.

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The one-year program leads to a non-thesis Master of Science in Agriculture majoring in Environmental Quality Sciences. After successful completion of the first year, qualified graduates can be reviewed for admission to the thesis track for a second year of studies to earn a thesis degree, and continue for a PhD degree either in Israel or elsewhere. Upon completion of their studies, the majority of alumni return to their home countries, where they hold key positions in industry, education, academics, research, NGOs and government organizations. 

2016-17 Environmental Quality Sciences Curriculum

Semester A

  • Introduction to Molecular Biology
  • Contemporary Approaches to Plant Physiology
  • Water Quality Workshop
  • Experimental Design and Statistical Analyses + Practice
  • Mineral Nutrition of Higher Plants
  • Scientific Presentation
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Chemistry of the Environment + Practice
  • Environmental Economics
  • Biotechnology for Agricultural Crops

Semester B

  • Basic Irrigation Systems
  • Reclaimed Water and Environmental Aspects
  • Aquatic Geochemistry 
  • Biological Control of Agricultural Pests 
  • Ecological Principles in Spatial Conservation Planning
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Microbial Ecology of Aquaculture Systems
  • Weed Management 
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions

Semester C

  • Research Exercise
  • Seminar

MSc in Nutritional Sciences

Next program: Oct 2019 - Sep 2020
Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2018 - March 1, 2019. How to Apply

Applications for 2017-18 program: 
Deadline June 30, 2017 for self-funding students.  Please contact the program coordinator: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il

 

Academic Co-Chairs of the International MSc in Nutritional Sciences 

Dr. Aliza Stark Prof. Betty Schwartz
Dr. Aliza Stark
Senior Faculty

 
 Prof. Betty Schwartz
Professor of Nutritional Sciences 

 

 

About the Program

Nutritional and Food Sciences are rapidly expanding areas of research making major contributions to health promotion and new developments in the food industry. As the relationship between diet and disease is better understood, advancements are being made to improve the nutritional value of foods and to increase the variety of products on the market that have added health and nutritional benefits.

 

The international Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences prepares students to become leading professionals in the field of nutrition and apply their new knowledge to nutritional challenges in their home countries. Students learn the fundamentals of nutrition based on the most recent scientific findings. The program also prepare students for participation in doctoral level programs.   

The one-year program leads to a non-thesis M.Sc. in Nutrition. After successful completion of the first year, qualified graduates can be reviewed for admission to the thesis track for a second year of studies to earn a thesis degree, and continue for a PhD degree either in Israel or elsewhere. Following graduation, the majority of alumni return to their home countries, where they hold key positions in health and nutrition promotion, education, academics, research, NGOs and government organizations. Several of our alumni have chosen to continue their studies towards a PhD degree in programs around the world including leading universities in Canada, Switzerland, Denmark and Japan.  

One of the key factors of the success of the program is the close relationship between the Faculty of Agriculture and clinical and public health nutritionists, along with research and development teams in the food industry and the academic community. On-going collaboration allows for access to state-of-the-art research developments in the field and innovative approaches to address practical needs. At the heart of this academic community is the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The Hebrew University is one of the most prominent and respected institutions in the world. As the leading Israeli institution awarding academic degrees in Nutritional and Food Sciences, the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment has a unique status in the country. Our graduates include executives in the Ministries of Health and Agriculture and leading members of the food industry. Within the Faculty, the Institute of Nutritional and Food Sciences is comprised of the School of Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Food Sciences. Institute staff include many of the principal Israeli researchers in these fields. 

 

 

2017-18 Nutritional Sciences Curriculum

2017-18 Nutritional Sciences Curriculum

Semester A

  • Topics in Endocrinology
  • Scientific Writing and Presentation
  • Intro to Molecular Biology
  • Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • Experimental Design and Statistical Analyses & Practice
  • Biochemistry
  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Maternal & Child Nutrition
  • Food Safety
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Basic Immunology

Semester B

  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Food Preparation in Health & Disease
  • Nutrition & Aging
  • Neurobiology of Feeding
  • International Public Health
  • Nutrient Gene Interactions
  • Topics in Clinical Nutrition
  • Advanced Immunology

Summer Semester

  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Malnutrition & its Management
  • Nutrition Insecurity & its Prevention
  • Research Exercise
  • Seminar

MSc in Agriculture - Animal Sciences

Next program: Oct 2019 - Sep 2020

Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2018 - March 1, 2019. How to Apply

Applications for upcoming program: Deadline June 30, 2017 for self-funding students  

The application period for the 2017-18 MSc programs in Nutrition and Animal Sciences has ended for applicants requesting a scholarship.  If you are a self-funding applicant, please contact the program coordinator: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il

 

Academic Chair of the International MSc Program in Animal Sciences

Prof. Sameer Mabjeesh

Prof. Sameer J. Mabjeesh
Professor, Ruminants Nutrition and Lactation Physiology

 

About the Program

The Master of Science in Animal Sciences aims to prepare students to become leading professionals in modern agriculture and contribute newly-acquired skills and knowledge for the benefit of agriculture in their home countries. Students will learn the fundamentals of Animal Sciences based on the most recent scientific findings and understand the “science” behind animal sciences, animal physiology, farm animal production and the environmental impact of agricultural activity. The program also prepares students for participation in doctoral-level programs.


(Photo: Animal Science students attend the Israel National Dairy Conference, November 2015)    

 

Following graduation, the majority of alumni return to their home countries, where many of them hold key positions in the area of governmental administration of animal production, management of farm animals, farm animal husbandry, and consultation and research in these fields in universities or private institutes. Several of our alumni have chosen to continue their studies towards a PhD degree in leading universities around the world.

The one-year program leads to a non-thesis Master of Science in Agriculture with a major in Animal Sciences. Qualified students may apply to the thesis track for a second year of studies after completing the first year of the program.   

Israel's advanced agriculture is most evident in the field of farm animal production. Israeli animal husbandry and management is among the most productive in the world, thanks to its sophisticated infrastructure based on the integration of science-based production methods with efficient extension services and an advanced health supporting veterinary service. The Robert H. Smith Faculty's teaching and research activities continue to play a central role in advancing agriculture to strengthen the Israeli economy while training tomorrow's scientists and agriculturists; protecting and rehabilitating the environment while increasing food production and reducing world hunger; mobilizing agriculture to meet human health needs and improving the quality and purity of agricultural products; and sharing the benefits of Israeli research and innovation with other nations.

The Smith Faculty's Department of Animal Sciences is engaged in research at levels of the molecule, cell and organ, while maintaining a clear perspective of the farm animal as a whole. The department activities include the following thematic areas: 

  • Physiology of reproduction (ruminants, poultry and fish); 
  • Stress physiology: adaptation of farm animals to environmental and other sorts of stress (ruminants and poultry); 
  • Physiology of lactation; 
  • Growth and development as affected by environmental impact; 
  • Aquaculture: reproduction, genetics and aquatic microbiology,
  • Physiology of the digestive tract: digestive processes and their control, improvement of digestive tract development and function via embryonic manipulation, improvement of the digestive tract immune system.

 

2017-18 Animal Sciences Curriculum

2017-18 Animals Sciences Curriculum

Semester A

  • Advanced Ruminant Nutrition & Feeding
  • Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • Selected Topics in Animal Physiology
  • Topics in Endocrinology
  • Selected Topics in Animal Reproduction
  • Intro to Molecular Biology
  • Scientific Writing and Presentation
  • Experimental Design & Statistical Analyses + Practice
  • Biochemistry
  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Basic Immunology

Semester B

  • Biology of the Mammalian Ovary
  • Physiology of Avian Senses
  • Microbial Ecology of Aquaculture Systems
  • Nutrient Gene Interactions
  • Mammary Gland of Domestic Animals 
  • Genetics & Breeding of Farm Animals
  • Animal Health 
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Advanced Immunology

Semester C

  • Research Exercise
  • Seminar

International MSc in Viticulture and Enology

wine

In recent years, Israel has experienced a significant development in its wine industry and a surging local and international demand for its outstanding wines. In response to the growing need for skills and professionalism in the industry, the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has opened Israel’s first academic degree program in wine: the International MSc in Viticulture and Enology. The MSc program begins on March 2, 2017.

Students will gain knowledge and skills at an academic level consistent with leading programs in other wine-producing countries such as France, the United States and Australia, with special emphasis on the Israeli industry. Upon completion, the students will earn a world-recognized MSc degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This is the first MSC level degree in viticuluture and enology to be approved by the National Council for Higher Education (CHE) in Israel.

Program Structure and Duration

The MSc in Viticulture and Enology is an 18-month academic program that spans four semesters, with classes held two full days per week on Thursdays and Fridays. The program includes theory; practice in a wine-tasting room on the Smith Faculty campus; an internship in cooperation with Soreq Winery, one of Israel’s leading wine producers; and a workshop to be held in Italy or France.

Faculty

Heading the program, and chairman of its academic committee, is Prof. Zohar Kerem, an Associate Professor at the Robert H. Smith Faculty and world-renowned researcher in food chemistry, wine quality and olive oil. The program’s professional coordinator is Mr.Yotam Sharon, a postgraduate with honors in Enology from the University of Montpellier in France, an MSc graduate of the Smith Faculty, and a leading winemaker at one of Israel's premier wineries. Other distinguished members of the teaching staff are Prof. Ben-Ami Bravdo, Prof. Oded Shoseyov and Dr. Ron Shapira. Esteemed guest lecturers from abroad will teach various topics.

Curriculum

The Vineyard: Planning and cultivating; design; grapevine stocks and types; plot preparation; propagation; planting; trellising; pruning; irrigation; fertilization; mechanization; grape quality treatments.
Wine Production: Equipment and winery management; micro-vinification; chemistry and stability; microbiology; distillation technology; fermentation science.
Analysis of grape juice and wine: Biosynthesis of taste and odor factors; sensory evaluation of types of wine and defects in wine; sensory evaluation of wines from Israel and the world.
Additional Courses: Economics, management and marketing in the wine industry; wine workshop and reading seminar in grapevine and wine production (to be conducted abroad).

Admission Requirements

Candidates must have a full BSc degree from a recognized institution in a related field, such as biology, chemistry, agriculture or life sciences. Candidates whose background is lacking in specific subjects will be to complete an individualized Preparatory Program either before or in conjunction with the beginning of the Enology program. 

Registration

Early registration until September 15, 2016. Last date to apply for the Rehovot preparatory studies is October 5, 2016. Beginning of Preparatory Program in Rehovot is November 3, 2016. The four-semester MSc program begins on March 2, 2017. 

Tuition

Tuition for the MSc program is 96,000 New Israeli Shekels (NIS), including a field trip to Italy or France and a training period.
Early registration: 2,000 NIS discount until September 15, 2016.
Preparatory program tuition: 5,000 NIS. 

For more information and registration:  Ms. Helena Dahab, Email: helenadahab@savion.huji.ac.il, Phone: +972-8-9489509
 

Tuition and Expenses

International MSc Programs 2017-18 Tuition and Expenses

 

How to apply

 

One-year tuition: $18,050

Application fees: 
Early application fee: $80
Late application fee: $100

Tuition advance/Tuition deposit:

  • Self-funding students: $1,000 tuition advance, payable upon admission. The advance will be deducted from the total tuition. Tuition may be paid in up to six installments beginning at the start of the program.
  • Students receiving a scholarship through the International School of Agricultural Sciences: $500 deposit, payable upon acceptance of the scholarship offer. The deposit will be returned when the student completes all studies at the Faculty of Agriculture (including PhD if applicable).

Round-trip airfare to and from Israel: The student is responsible for funding airfare and/or other transportation to and from Israel.

Living expenses: Living expenses include food, personal supplies, apparel, transportation, etc. for one year. International School scholarship recipients are required to have funding for initial out-of-pocket expenses in October and November. The monthly scholarship stipend begins December 1.

Housing: International students typically reside in the student dormitories on the Faculty of Agriculture campus in Rehovot. Dormitory rent varies according to room type and availability: double room, single room, or single room in a shared apartment. Students granted scholarships through the International School of Agricultural Sciences are placed in double rooms. Off-campus housing is generally ore expensive. The International Schooll is unable to assist with off-campus housing.

Medical insurance: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem requires all students to be covered by adequate health insurance for the duration of their stay in Israel. International School scholarship recipients will be provided with health insurance. Self-funding students are required to purchase comprehensive health insurance either privately or via the International School.

Estimated One-Year Program Costs for Self-Funding Students

Early application fee

US $

80

MSc tuition

US $

18,050

Medical insurance

US $

545

Student dormitory (shared double room)

US $

2,900

Extra-curricular activities

US $

2,140

Living and extra-curricular expenses

US $

10,170

TOTAL

US $

33,885

Updated June 2017. The Hebrew University reserves the right to revise figures.
 

Payment methods: 
Payments are to be made in US dollars ($) using one of the following methods:

  • Credit card: Email a signed letter from the card owner clearly indicating the date, sum, card type and number, date of expiry of the card and purpose of payment (including the applicant‘s name, country, and MSc program name).
     
  • Bank transfer to:

Bank name: Bank Ha-Poalim
Branch: 436
Address: 1 Hamarpe Street, Jerusalem
Account name: Hebrew University Jerusalem
Account number: 506076
IBAN: IL650124360000000506076
Swift code: POAL IL IT 

On the transfer form, please write: Att.: Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment, Division for External Studies, Budget 046-4704

A clear copy of the bank transfer form must be scanned and emailed to the program coordinator: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il . The transfer form must clearly indicate the date, sum and purpose of payment including the applicant‘s name, country and MSc program name.

  • Friend, family member or colleague in Israel or abroad: May pay on your behalf in Israeli shekels (NIS) or in USD. 
     
  • Bank check to: "The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Faculty of Agriculture)") mailed, with an accompanying letter clearly indicating the date, sum, and purpose of payment (including the applicant‘s name, country, and MSc program name).