M.A Studies

The Pourpose of School

Criminology is an interdisciplinary field of study combining sociology, law, psychology, philosophy, demography and more, for analyzing phenomena such as crime, social deviance, victimization, law enforcement and more. This is a highly challenging field of study for researchers and policy-makers alike.

The M.A. program provides academic tools for evaluating and analyzing different phenomena such as crime, deviance and victimization at the individual level as well as in the large societal context. The objective of the program is to educate students in an extensive methodological perspective and applied skills that will enable them to consult or join law enforcement agencies, prison services and health and correction organizations. The program’s curriculum focuses on research, theory, policy and applied knowledge, but not on clinical training.

Target Audience

The graduate program in criminology is open to students who hold a bachelors degree in criminology or in other related academic fields such as law, social work, psychology, sociology, education and more, seeking to expand their theoretical knowledge and research in criminology. In addition, the program is open to professionals in areas related to criminology such as law enforcement agents, correction agents, lawyers, social workers and psychologists.

Days and Hours of Operation

Supplementary courses will be taught during the first semester of the first year, concentrated in one day. The first year courses will be taught in one concentrated day. The second year courses will be taught in one concentrated day and an additional day starting at 4pm.

Graduate Program Admission

  1. A formal Bachelor's degree from a credited university or college, within or outside Israel, in the fields of social sciences, behavioral sciences, social work and law, witha finalaverage of 80 or above.
  2. English language entrance examination with a score of 70 or higher
  3. An interview

 Candidates with a bachelor's degree in non-relating fields will be required to complete X supplementary courses with a final average of 80 or above. Here is the list of the X supplementary courses each course is 2 academic credits.

1. Introduction to criminology

2. Introduction to the Israeli legal system

3. Introduction to Research Methods

Candidates with a Bachelor's degree from a credited institution outside of Israel as well as graduates from an academic extension in Israel of a non-domestic academic institution are required to successfully pass the GRE test or to complete supplementary studies. For more information, please refer to the Graduate Studies Code.

Candidates with a Bachelor's degree from a higher education institution, in which Hebrew is not the language of instruction, must pass a Hebrew proficiency test at the level required by the university as a condition to complete their degree.

English Entrance Examination Dates:

please contact the School of Criminology office via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Each candidate is entitled to take the exam twice.

Candidates admitted to the program who did not score 70 or higher in the English entrance exam (after two attempts), will be required to complete an advanced level 2 course in English with a passing grade.

Registration Process:

Enrollment will end on 15/7/2017.

More information can be found on the University of Haifa website http://www.haifa.ac.il/: Registration and Reception, Multilingual: Information for applicants http://harshama.haifa.ac.il/

Once enrolled, please contact the School of Criminology office via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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