International MSc Programs

The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is one of the most prestigious global institutions in agriculture, nutrition and environment and 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 degree in the fields of:

  • Plant Sciences 
  • Animal Sciences 
  • Environmental Quality Sciences  
  • Nutrition

The programs are comprised of state-of-the-art theory, scientific approach and practical application. A broad curriculum prepares students to be 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 often 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 dynamic group of international students.  

We invite you to study modern agriculture, nutrition and environment at the Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment. 

Academic Requirements

How to apply

About the programs 

Brief Description: The international MSc programs are intended for holders of a BSc degree or equivalent from an accredited university, recognized by the Hebrew University, in a field relevant to the chosen discipline, such as: agriculture, animal science, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, ecology, environmental science, food science, natural sciences, nutrition, horticulture, plant science. The programs are accelerated from two years to 12 months and enrich students with a unique Israeli and multicultural academic, social and cultural experience. Students study and socialize with Israeli and international peers, while learning from the scientific environment of the Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Extracurricular events, field trips, conferences, sightseeing tours, and networking opportunities round out the year.

The 12-month programs are comprised of three semesters, including summer, from October to the end of September. Each semester of the programs is designed with specific goals in mind: core courses, specialized courses, and electives, including a written and oral research exercise. The research exercise prepares students to conduct research under the supervision of a mentor, investigating a well-defined problem in his/her field of specialization. The program offers eligible students the option of transferring to the thesis track for a second year of studies. The research exercise is conducted under the supervision of an advisor and constitutes an important part of the international MSc programs. The exercise trains students to work in labs or in the field under the guidance of an experienced researcher on a current project that may lead to a scientific publication. 

The 46-credit programs lead to a non-thesis MSc degree and encompass modern theory, practical application and a final research project. 

Duration: 12 months (Fall, Spring and Summer semesters) from October to September.

Program years: 

Nutrition and Animal Sciences: Next programs will be held in academic years 2017-18 and 2019-20.

Plant Sciences and Environmental Quality Sciences: Next programs will be held in academic years 2018-19 and 2020-2021.

Application Period: Begins November 1 of the year prior to the start of the study program.