M.A Studies

Graduate Program Admission Requirements

  • A formal Bachelor's degree from a credited university or college, within or outside Israel, in the fields of social sciences, behavioural sciences, social work, or law, with a final average of 80 or above.
  • English language entrance examination with a score of 70 or higher
  • An interview, according to the candidate’s record

 Candidates without a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology will be required to complete supplementary courses during the first semester according to their individual background. The overall required average score of the supplementary courses must be 80 or above. Candidates who completed the supplementary courses during their Criminology Bachelor studies at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies are exempt from this requirement.

Supplementary Courses for those without Criminology Background:

  1. 1. Introduction to Criminology (4 Points)
  2. 2. Introduction to the Israeli Legal System (2 Points)
  3. 3. Introduction to Research Methods (2-4 Points).

Further requirements under the University of Haifa Graduate Studies Code:

  • 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 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:

  1. March 16th 2018, 9:00 AM.
  2. April 27th 2018, 9:00 AM.
  3. May 25th 2018, 9:00 AM.

To register for the exam 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. .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:

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.

The Study of Crime, Law and Society

This program focuses on the study of crime, its causes and its consequences with a focus on the various social and legal aspects, both at the macro and micro level. The underlying assumption is that crime and socio-legal reaction towards crime reflect and  mirror our societies. The program provides tools for analyzing, crime trends, penal policy and law enforcement policy and provides also in depth knowledge regarding the operation and functioning of police, courts and the prison system. The objective of this program is to provide students with knowledge and good understanding of the different aspects related to crime and deviance from a theoretical points of view, to enable them to conduct independent research in the field and to use this knowledge as practitioners, policy makers and experts in the field of criminology and criminal justice.

Track A - with a Thesis:

Students registered in this track are required to complete 36 academic hours, which includes the required general core curriculum, required core curriculum in this specialization and other electives. In addition, students are required to write two seminar papers and a research thesis. Successful completion of all requirements allows students to continue to pursue a Ph.d program.

Track B - with a Final Exam:

Students registered in track B are required to complete 44 academic hours, which includes the required general core curriculum, the required core curriculum in this specialization and electives. In addition, students are required to write two seminars and to pass a final exam. Students are expected also to participate in their second year in a practicum in which they are assigned to different criminal justice agencies( full details are provided in the program detailed description.

The Study of Crime and Addiction

This MA is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to investigate and analyze addiction and its responses from a multi-disciplinary perspective. This program provides integrative knowledge as well as advanced skills in different aspects of addictions- to psychoactive drugs and behavioral, including research, theory, policy and implementation, interventions and rehabilitation. The program is multidisciplinary and combines theory and practice from various fields, including criminology, psychology, law and justice, sociology and culture, biology, epidemiology, psychopharmacology and education.

Track A - with a Thesis:

Students who enroll in this track are required to complete 36 academic hours, which includes the required general core curriculum, the required core curriculum in this specialization and electives. In addition, students are required to write two seminar papers and a research thesis. Successful completion of this track allows students to continue to pursue studies towards a PhD.

Track B - with a Final Exam:

Students who enroll in this track are required to complete 44 academic hours, which includes the required general core curriculum, the required core curriculum in this specialization and electives. In addition, students are required to write two seminar papers and to pass a final exam. Students are expected also to participate in their second year in a practicum in which they are assigned to different agencies and organizations treating and dealing with different addict populations.

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בניין אשכול, קומה 23 אוניברסיטת חיפה הר הכרמל, חיפה 31905 Israel

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