Undergraduate Program (BA)
The first year of studies is intended to equip students with a broad and multifaceted understanding of the biblical literature, as well as a general proficiency in the biblical corpus. The advanced, second and third years are designed to broaden and deepen the skills of close reading and textual research, alongside exposure to a variety of elective courses on various subjects of biblical research and related fields.
For BA students who began their studies in the year 2019–20 onwards: a normal full-time degree in a double-major track requires 60 credit hours total.
BA students are supported by a range of scholarships during their first and second year of studies, covering up to about 50% of their tuition.
Graduate Program (MA)
The MA studies are intended to equip students with a deep, varied and multifaceted understanding of the biblical literature. The program takes two years, and for the convenience of the students, courses are condensed into a single weekly day (Tuesday).
Requirements for Admission include:
- Minimal final average grade of 80 in the BA degree.
- Students whose BA is in another discipline, or those who have come from other institutions, may be required to enroll in supplementary courses (from the BA program) according to faculty regulations and the direction of the Counselor for MA students. Supplementary courses must be completed with an average grade of at least 80.
The Department of Biblical Studies offers two tracks of study: Research Track (with MA thesis) and Theoretical Track (without MA thesis):
Research Track - course load: 28 credits; one seminar paper; MA thesis; second foreign language (either ancient or modern)*.
Theoretical Track - course load: 36 credits; two seminar papers under the supervision of two different teachers; final Examination**.
MA students are supported by a range of scholarships, covering up to about 50% of their tuition.
* The requirement for a second foreign language is satisfied either by passing both beginner and advanced levels or by passing an exemption examination equal to the advanced level. The particular language is selected in accordance with the topic of the thesis and in consultation with the thesis advisor.
** The Final Examination includes a unit of chapters from the Hebrew Bible with relevant bibliography as determined by the Department. Examination dates are published on the departmental website. Students should register for the exam at the department’s secretariat not later than two weeks before its date.
A PhD degree in Biblical Studies is offered within the framework of the Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies and Archaeology. More details can be found in the PhD Students section at the website of the Academic Secretariat, and on the website of Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies and Archaeology.