The Department offers a direct M.A. program for highly qualified undergraduate students. Students who enter this program can complete an M.A. without a thesis within four years of beginning their undergraduate studies or an M.A. with a thesis within five years
- Second year students: Students who have received in their first year at least an 88 average in at least 8 courses (16 credits) and are interested in the Direct MA should register for second and third year required courses by the requirements attached below of the Direct MA, rather than their expanded major requirements.
- Third year students: Those who have been accepted by the Department to continue on to Direct MA are required to enroll in 8 MA courses in addition to their BA required courses. Within their third year (January/February) students are required to give in an official request to the MA /Committee (Toar Sheni). This form can be acquired from the Acadamon or any Steimetsky. The form can only be handed in after the payment slip has been paid.
- Fourth year students: Those accepted by the MA Department as Direct MA students are now (in the fourth year of their studies) considered MA students.
Don’t consider entering one of these programs unless you can devote yourself virtually full time to your studies.
Any student who has not yet finished their BA requirements is not yet considered an MA student. Simultaneously, however, these students are not considered regular BA students either.
A BA direct MA student is required to take:
- 38 hours (instead of 46) in the English department
- 14 hours in Jewish courses
- 2 hours in General courses (instead of 4 hours)
This adds up to 56 credits, whereas other non-Direct MA students are required to take 64 credits.It is important to note that, even though students apply in their second year to the English Department and in their third year to the MA Committe, they only officially begin their MA in their fourth year of studies. Students must fully complete their BA before actually being considered MA students.
Students who would like to be or are currently enrolled as Direct MA students may not take a leave of absence for a year.