Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need to know Hebrew?
- Are there pre-requisites?
- Can I apply if I've never published anything?
- How many days a week do I have to be on campus?
- Can I do the Program in one year?
- What's Jewish about the Program?
- When can I apply?
- Does Bar-Ilan have dorms for its graduate students?
- How much does the course cost?
If your BA or MA degree is not in English or communications, you may be asked to take some undergraduate courses as prerequisites. These courses are charged as additional to the MA fee.
During the first year, figure on 2-3 days per week on campus. During the second year, you can manage with one day a week, providing you have completed most of your course requirements during the first year.
The Program is designed as a two-year MA program.
Under exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to finish coursework in one year. Please contact the program coordinator and/or director to discuss options.
Students come from around the world. Many share an interest in exploring the meaning of Jewish writing. In the writing workshops, students are totally free to write about any subject matter they choose. In the Jewish Arts Seminar students explore the traditions of Jewish writing. All Jewish MA students at Bar-Ilan must take two courses in the Dept. of Basic Jewish Studies. Non-Jews can substitute these courses for any electives.
The MA Committee at Bar-Ilan and the Shaindy Rudoff Program will begin to receive applications in 2013 on January 22nd.
Applications are accepted through May.
No. Each student must find his or her own housing.
Each year the cost of the MA degree is determined by the Government of Israel since Bar-Ilan is a public university.
In 2011-12, the cost is approximately NIS 27,000, which is about $7,100. This is the cost for an Israeli citizen and new immigrant. Students on tourist visas pay 25 per cent more.
Students pay the NIS 27,000 over the course of the two years that it takes to complete the MA.
If a student requires more than two years, during the third or fourth year, the cost is at least an additional NIS 3,000.
If a student has completed all course work and takes an additional year to write the thesis, registration and addtional payment is required.
In the past, the Student Authority of the Jewish Agency has covered the tuition for new immigrants under the age of thirty who do not have a previous MA degree. This policy may be changing in 2012. Contact The Jewish Agency for updated information.
The Shaindy Rudoff Program has a few tution stipends for students who show great promise and are in financial need.