Thesis track

A research track consisting of 28 credit hours, one seminar paper, a foreign language, and a thesis worth 8 credit hours.
All incoming students are admitted into the coursework track. Students who complete 12 credit hours of MA seminars offered by the Department with a GPA of 90 or above may request to transfer to the thesis track provided they have found a faculty member who is willing to supervise their research and have completed a thesis proposal. 
Approval is contingent on the decision of the Department Teaching Committee.
Students on the research track must maintain a GPA of 90 or above.
The Department Teaching Committee reserves the right to transfer students back to the coursework track should they fail to meet the requirements of the research track.

  •  Students may not take more than 2 seminars with the same instructor.
  • A student may take only one course on the B.A. level
  • All students will be required to take the “Theory and Methodology” course, preferably in their first year. Otherwise, each student will select the courses they wish to study based on their individual interests and pending the approval of the M.A. advisor.
  • A written term paper (referat) of at least 12 pages at the end of each seminar. Referat papers are due no later than the date stipulated by the Faculty of Humanities.
  • A seminar paper of at least 25 pages based on advanced and independent research beyond the course work of a chosen seminar, on a topic agreed on with the seminar instructor. In the seminar paper, students are expected to demonstrate a high level of competence in writing in English, an ability to conduct independent research, creative thinking, critical and analytical skills, and theoretical acumen.
  • Certified competence in a language other than English and Hebrew. Each student’s choice of language must receive the approval of the graduate advisor.
  • Once a student has been admitted into the thesis track, s/he may seek the approval of a senior faculty member to serve as thesis supervisor on a mutually agreed topic.



The recommended length of the thesis is 80-100 pages.

Research proposals should follow the template in this file. With the supervisor's consent, it may be adjusted to meet the needs of the project.

The graduate advisor, in consultation with the thesis advisor, will select a second reader for the thesis.

After the student has completed a full draft of the thesis to the satisfaction of the supervisor, the thesis will be submitted to the second reader. The thesis supervisor and the second reader will jointly evaluate the thesis and submit a grade.

In order to continue studying for a PhD,  students must achieve a grade of 85 or higher in their MA thesis and an average of 85 or higher in their coursework.


Guidelines for writing a Master's thesis

Prospectus and Course Catalog 2022-2023

Prospectus and Course Catalog 2023-2024

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