MSc Agri in Environmental Quality Sciences


Next program October 2020 - September 2021

How to apply: the Application Handbook for this program will be posted in May 2019.


Academic Chair of the International MSc Program in Environmental Quality Sciences

Tamara Polubesova

Dr. Tamara Polubesova
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.


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. 


Contact us for more information:

Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs:  
Phone: +972-8-9489511

Ms. Lirit Arbeitman, International MSc Programs: 




Academic Requirements - Environment


  • 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.




2018-19 Environmental Quality Sciences Curriculum

Semester A

  • Introduction to Molecular Biology

  • Water Quality Workshop

  • Experimental Design and Statistical Analyses + Practice

  • Scientific Writing and Presentation

  • Integrated Pest Management

  • Chemistry of the Environment 

  • Basic Irrigation Systems

  • Environmental Economics

  • Biotechnology for Agricultural Crops

  • Research Methods (three semesters)

Semester B

  • Global Pollution Workshop

  • 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

  • Workshop in Basic Python

Semester C

  • Research Exercise
  • Seminar


    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

    US $



    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).




    How to Apply