MSc in Nutritional Sciences

Next program October 2019 - September 2020
Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2018 - March 1, 2019. 


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 that are making major contributions to health promotion. 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 Nutritional 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. 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. 


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Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs:

Ms. Lirit Arbeitman, International MSc Programs:



Academic Requirements - Nutrition

Academic Requirements for MSc in Nutritional Sciences

  • 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
    • 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.
  • 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.


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Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs:

Ms. Lirit Arbeitman, International MSc Programs:



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



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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

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MSc tuition

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Medical insurance

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Student dormitory (shared double room)

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Extra-curricular activities

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Living and extra-curricular expenses

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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