Bible MA in English

Some of the students and faculty in our international program

 

 Introduction

Come study with the best Bible researchers in the world.

Our department's international MA program is taught in English and is the largest of its kind at Bar-Ilan University. It is taught by our internationally renowned faculty with contributions from eminent visiting scholars. Our most recent visiting scholar was Gary Rendsburg, Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Rutgers University.

The international program is integrated with the rest our offerings: many of our Israeli students participate in the English-language courses, and our international students whose proficiency in Modern Hebrew is adequate participate in the Hebrew-language courses.

 Requirements

Requirements for acceptance and registration:

  • BA with a grade average of 76 or above;
    • Students whose BA is not in Biblical Studies are required to take some additional prerequisite courses in our department, according to their academic background;
  • Proficiency in English; see here for more information.

 Tracks

MA with Thesis 08-404

20 credits, as follows:

  • Two seminar courses with seminar papers (2-4 credits);
  • One ancient language for beginners: Akkadian, Greek, or Arabic (equivalent to 4 credits);
  • Elective graduate courses (4-6 credits);
  • Participation in English-language conferences held by the department during two years of study;
  • Supplementary Basic Jewish Studies courses or general courses, according to the requirements of the Bar-Ilan School for Advanced Studies (2 credits);
  • Master's thesis (6 credits).

Research proposals must be submitted by the end of the first academic year and in any case no later than the first semester of the second year.

Instructions and guidelines for submitting the master’s degree thesis

Instructions for writing a research proposal

MA without Thesis 08-504

20 credits, as follows:

  • Three seminar courses with seminar papers (3-6 credits);
  • Elective graduate courses (12-15 credits)
    • Up to 6 of these credits may be BA courses in the Bible Department or courses from other departments in the Faculty of Jewish Studies, dependent on permission from the departmental committee;
  • Participation in English-language conferences held by the department during two years of study;
  • Supplementary Basic Jewish Studies courses or general courses, according to the requirements of the Bar-Ilan School for Advanced Studies (2 credits).