The Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences


M.A. Degree


Study Tracks

Track One-includes research work and submission of M.A. Thesis

Track Two-without M.A. Thesis



Program in Gerontology: Science of Aging

This two year program includes both theoretical studies, along with on-site work experience (a practicum) which takes place in the second year. Students who complete the degree requirements will be eligible to receive the M.A. degree in Gerontology and will be eligible to be registered in the “The Gerontologists Register”.    


Graduates of  the program will receive a Master of Arts (M.A.) Gerontology: Science of Aging.


The Council of Higher Education has approved the program and its opening. Final accreditation is dependent upon further approval of the Council of Higher Education, and the program is backed by an alternative M.A. degree that will be offered to students in the Department of Management.


The program is conducted in cooperation with the Faculty of Life Sciences, and is included in the faculty programs.


Courses and Seminars

Students can choose either the M.A. with Thesis option, or without Thesis option.

Details on both options can be found on the Department Website.


Track One (with Thesis)

Total of 32 credits (16 hours per year) according to the following breakdown:

Required courses---24 credits (12 hours per year)

Elective courses—4 credits (2 hours per year)

Seminars-----          4 credits (2 hours per year)


Track Two (without Thesis)

Total of 41 credits (20.5 hours per year) according to the following breakdown:

Required courses---24 credits (12 hours per year)

Elective courses—5 credits (2.5 hours per year)

Seminars-----          8 credits (4 hours per year)


* A field practicum (a course which takes place in institutions out of the University) is 4 credits (2 hours per year) and is part of the required courses in Track Two (with Thesis) and is an elective course in Track One (with Thesis).


These courses do not include the requirements for Judaism courses, English courses and general courses. Complementary courses of the "Introduction to Life Sciences" in the scope of 4 credits (2 hours per year) for those with a bachelor's degree in social sciences are required.


Admission Requirements

* B.A. Degree from recognized academic institutions from the following areas:

Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences (macro/micro tracks); psychology; behavioural sciences; social work; sociology and anthropology; criminology; education; health professions (i.e. nursing); medicine; occupational therapy, physical therapy; public administration; M.A. in art therapy.

* Minimum grade of 80 (a weighted average score of all the BA studies, for those who completed a degree in two departments the average score of studies in these two departments will be used).

* Preference will be given to students who already have approval for degree conferral (as opposed to candidates who are still in their final year of studies).

* Candidates for the Thesis Track will require an interview to evaluate their research ability.

Students who are applying for the program while they are in the last year of studies for a bachelor degree have to provide a confirmation for the completion of their studies to the department of Master's Degree by the end of December of their first year in the program.


Complementary Studies

The fulfillment of complementary requirements (complementary studies) will be in accordance with academic background, in a scope of up to 14 credits (7 hours per year) from introductory courses which are relevant for social sciences and for life sciences.  


Additional Admission Requirements for Candidates for Master’s Thesis Track

The candidates for a Master's Thesis Track are obligated to have at least a grade of 85 in a yearly course of Statistics (4 credits which is 2 hours per year) and a yearly course in Research Methods (again 4 credits which is 2 hours per year) in their BA studies. In addition, they have to successfully pass an admission interview that will examine their research abilities, including methodological ability and writing ability. Additionally, the candidates for the Master's Thesis Track have to receive a minimum score of 85 in an English course in their BA studies, or having received an exemption from English study during their BA studies.


1. If complementary courses would be required for candidacy, these courses can be completed in any academic institution which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education, on condition that the courses were studied for the required scope of hours and in accordance with the abovementioned criteria.

2. The fulfillment of these requirements do not constitute automatic fulfillment of equivalency courses but are dependent on evaluation and confirmation of the courses taken in light of criteria that will be determined by the Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences and the Life Sciences Faculty. The decision will be taken after examining the syllabuses of the courses which the candidate has studied and his/her scores sheet.   

3. In exceptional cases, the candidacy of students with a bachelor's degree in the abovementioned case which do not fully comply with the criteria will be considered.

4. The acceptance of candidates is made following an evaluation of all pertinent candidate data and relative to the other candidates who applied to the program on that year.

Application Process

1. Candidates should apply online on the Website of Bar-Ilan University and follow the directions.

2. An application form should be submitted directly to the Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences, and two recommendations, one from an employment supervisor and one from a B.A. instructor. These forms appear on the Website of the Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences.


Duration of Study

Course of study is two years. The School for Graduate Studies can under certain circumstances and with the recommendation of the Head of the Program grant an extension for a third year of study, but only for the completion of the writing of the Thesis and not for any course work (Non-Thesis Track students are not eligible for this provision). Additional details can be found on the website of the Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences.


Language Requirements (English)

English competency is required for the M.A. Degree (Details on proficiency exams, appropriate courses, and criteria for exemption can be found in the Introduction Section).


Judaic Study Requirements

According to general M.A. University requirements—see Introduction Section.


For Further Details

Contact the Office on the Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences

Telephone 03-5317010