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Dr. Moses Strauss Department of Marine Geosciences

M.Sc. Program

Duration of studies: Two years

 Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

  • Accredited B.Sc. degree from a recognized academic institution in geology, geophysics, marine science, engineering or other related sciences (complementary studies may be required), with a minimum grade of 80 or equivalent.
  • Department pre-requisites are a basic knowledge of science in the following areas: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Atmosphere, English and Computers.
  • TOEFL scores (if native language is not English or candidates have not previously studied in an institution of higher education where the language of instruction is English) of at least 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 80 (internet-based test). Applicants that have obtained an official exemption from English during undergraduate studies or on Psychometric Entrance Test, will be exempt from taking the TOEFL (the official exemption should be submitted).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research statement – goals and aims of the planned research (500-750 words)
  • Official diploma and grade transcripts
  • Suitable applicants will be interviewed.


Completion studies

Students who do not have basic knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, atmosphere and computing will be required to successfully complete courses in these areas before being accepted into the program. DMG workshops may, in some cases, be used to fill this gap in knowledge. Applicants of undergraduate degree in other subjects may be accepted for graduate studies in the department according to the decision of the Departmental Committee of Master's Degree Studies. The committee will adjust a personal complementary study program according to the student's academic background and research subject requirements. Finishing the complementary studies with a minimal grade of 85 is a condition for continuing the graduate studies program in the Department.


Terms of continuing from first year to second year of studies:

  • During the first semester, the student will be obligated to find a potential advisor from the members of the academic staff of the department and agree on a research subject. Advisor's agreement and announcement on readiness to advise the student in his thesis is a prerequisite for continuing to the second semester.
  • Minimal Final weighted grade of obligatory courses of the first year is 80.
  • Submission of a thesis proposal before the beginning of the third semester.


Program Structure

This two years program begin in the fall semester. It includes courses, fieldtrips, hands-on workshops and an educational cruise. The program consists of 34 credits: core courses – 22, elective courses -12. Decision upon the elective courses should be approved by both the thesis advisor and the Departmental Committee of Master's Degree Studies.
Final Grade Composition

  • Courses (including two seminar works) 30%
  • Thesis 40%
  • Thesis defense 30%


Structure of an MSc Research Proposal

MSc paper format (heb)


Contact Us:

Mrs. Anat Overlander

Tel: +972-4-8288794


Room 283, Multipurpose building

Sun. - Thu.: 09:00-13:00

Dr. Moses Strauss Department of Marine Geosciences, Room 283, Multipurpose Building, University of Haifa
199 Aba Khoushy Ave. Mount Carmel, Haifa Israel Zip code: 3498838


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