MSc Agri in Animal Sciences

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


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.

Contact us for more information:

Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs:

Ms. Lirit Arbeitman, International MSc Programs:



Academic Requirements - Animal 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:


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2017-18 Animal 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



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Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs:

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    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

    US $


    Medical insurance

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    Student dormitory (shared double room)

    US $


    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