Admissions

The number of places in the M.A. program is limited and acceptance is determined by the absorption ability of the different areas. Therefore, the department requires it's applicants to reach certain pre-conditions, and then filters those who attain such conditions accordingly with further acceptance criteria.         

 

Eligibility    

 

In order to apply for the M.A. program, one must fulfill a number of pre-conditions. The pre-conditions for applying to all the areas of the M.A. Program in Psychology at the Hebrew University are:    

 

- A B.A. grade average of at least 87 in Psychology    

- A general B.A. grade average of at least 85    

- Taking the MITAM test (overseas studentsmay take the General and Psychology GRE's, for more details, please see "How do overseas students apply?"). The clinical areas require a score of at least 125 on the MITAM. The rest of the areas require a score of at least 105. 

- Presentation of confirmation to the Office of Student Admissions of an acceptable exemption in English according to the standards of the Hebrew University.    

- Presentation of grades of at least 42 credits at the time of the application.    

- Presentation of grades in all required courses from the first and second year as well as grades for the courses studied during the first semester of the third year of the B.A., including grades in the courses "Methods in Psychological Research” and "Experimental Psychology.”
 
- Compliance with the other conditions set by the Faculty of Social Sciences.    

 

Admissions Criteria    

 

Beyond the pre-conditions, admission to each of the areas of specialization in the M.A. program is based on the following criteria: 
   
- The student's rank among the MITAM scores
- Grades of the B.A.
- Recommendations
- Curriculum vitae (C.V)
- Statement of purpose
- Interview
 
 
The department reserves the right to change admissions criteria for the M.A. program.    

 

What is the MITAM test?    

 

The MITAM test is the standardized test for graduate school in Psychology. Registration for all of the areas for M.A. programs in Psychology at Hebrew University is conditional upon taking the MITAM. The test includes one section with questions pertaining to knowledge and understanding in research methods in Psychology and an additional section that deals with comprehension of scientific texts in Psychology. The MITAM test is held once a year in September or October by the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation (NITE). For your information, MITAM scores are valid for three years. For applicants who took the test twice, the highest of the two scores will be considered. Take note that if you want to continue on to an M.A. right after your B.A., you will need to take the test between your second and third year. There are advantages and disadvantages. There are students who prefer the possibility of continuing onto advanced studies right away and the possibility of taking the test again at the end of their third year (if they did not obtain a high enough score the first time around). However, other students prefer taking a year off between their second and third year. The decision, is of course, up to you. Additional details about the test can be found on the NITE website or by phone 02-6759555 at NITE.  
 

Applicants who receive a recommendation letter from a staff member of the department, in which there is a commitment to guide the applicant in the M.A thesis, will be prioritized.    

 
Overseas students may take both the General GRE and the Psychology GRE tests (both are given by ETS) instead of the MITAM. Hebrew speakers can take either the General GRE and the Psychology GRE tests or the MITAM. The Psychology GRE is given in October, November and April and scores are valid for five years (according to the ETS policy). The General GRE is given throughout the year. For additional details and registration for both GRE tests, see the ETS website.
 
    

Admission process without a B.A. in Psychology   

 

- One may apply for a Masters in Psychology without a B.A. in Psychology on the condition of the completion of supplementary studies (hashlamot; post-baccalaureate): The student must present an average of at least 87 in the supplementary studies in Psychology, and either a B.A. average of at least 85 in soft sciences or a B.A. average of at least 80 in hard sciences. In addition, the student must comply with one of two conditions: a psychometric grade of at least 650 and exceeding the threshold for the first year according to the combined score (psychometric test and high-school grade). Accepted students are required to take all of the B.A required courses throughout two years. With the completion of the supplementary studies' requirements, the student must fulfill the other requirements like all other students who have completed a B.A. in psychology (including taking the MITAM).    

 

- Applicants with a B.Sc. in Psychology and Biology. Applicants for one of the following research areas: the cognition and cognitive brain sciences area and the Psychobiology area must fulfill all the requirements like candidates with a B.A. in Psychology except for the MITAM.
   

- Applicants who do not have a B.A. in Psychology. Outstanding applicants who hold a B.A. or a B.Sc. degree, with an average of at least 87 in a relevant discipline applying for one of the following research areas: the cognition and cognitive brain sciences area and the Psychobiology area may apply for an M.A. without a B.A. in Psychology and without a MITAM score. Their application will be considered by the area coordinator and the departmental committee of instruction. Under these circumstances supplementary studies (hashlamot; post-baccalaureate) will not be a pre-condition for acceptance. These students will be requested to complete B.A. Psychology courses during their M.A. studies according to the decision of the area coordinator. These studies will be in addition to the required number of credits for the M.A. For details, one can consult with the relevant area coordinator.