MSc Agri in Plant Sciences


Next program October 2018 - September 2019

We are no longer accepting scholarship applications. Applications from self-funding students will be accepted until June 1, 2018.


Academic Chair of the International MSc Program in Plant Sciences

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 in the field of Plant Sciences specializing in horticulture, field crops 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. 


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Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs:

Ms. Lirit Arbeitman, International MSc Programs:





Academic Requirements - Plants


  • 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.*
  • Knowledge of undergraduate level biochemistry is required in the Nutrition, Animal Sciences and Plant Sciences programs.
  • Knowledge of plant sciences is required in the Plant Sciences program.
  • 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
    • Candidates with a score of 80-89 in TOEFL or 6-6.5 in IELTS may be admitted to the program with the condition of reaching the required level of English language proficiency by the end of the first school year in the program.
    • Documentation of previous academic studies conducted in English.
    • Exemption of English learning from an approved Israeli institution of higher education.
  • 2-3 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.


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Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs:

Ms. Lirit Arbeitman, International MSc Programs:




2018-19 Plant Sciences Curriculum

Semester A

  • Plant Biochemistry

  • Biotechnology for Agricultural Crops

  • Introduction to Molecular Biology 

  • Contemporary Approaches to Plant Physiology

  • Biotechnology for Agricultural Crops

  • Practical Workshop in Crop Management (two semesters)

  • Basic Irrigation Systems

  • Experimental Design and Statistical Analyses + Practice

  • Mineral Nutrition of Higher Plants

  • Integrated Pest Management

  • Scientific Writing and Presentation

  • Research Methods (three semesters)

Semester B

  • Biological Control of Agricultural Pests

  • Weed Management

  • Principles of Plant Breeding

  • Current Greenhouse Crop Production

  • Post-Harvest Biology and Technology

  • Advances in Vegetable Production

  • Environmental Microbiology

  • Seed Production

  • DNA Markers for Genetic Analysis and Breeding

  • Reproductive Biology of Fruit Crops

  • Crop Physiology and Production

Semester C

  • Research Exercise
  • Seminar

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Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs:

Ms. Lirit Arbeitman, International MSc Programs:



    Tuition and Expenses


    Tuition, Expenses and Payment Methods

    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 $


    MSc tuition

    US $


    Medical insurance

    US $


    Student dormitory (shared double room)

    US $


    Extra-curricular activities

    US $


    Living and extra-curricular expenses

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    US $


    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: . 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).


    Contact us for more information:

    Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs:

    Ms. Lirit Arbeitman, International MSc Programs:




    How to Apply