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​At Ben-Gurion University of the Negev one can study and do research towards a Ph.D. degree in the Faculties of Engineering Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences, Management and in the Jacob Blaustein Institutes of Desert Research or in interdisciplinary study programs.

There are 3 different doctoral tracks:
The “Regular track”—For outstanding graduate students of B.G.U. or other comparable academic institutions, with high grades from their Masters’ studies and Theses. Each department is entitled to determine its minimal requirements for the acceptance of doctoral candidates (based on the course-grade average and Thesis score). The study and research period is 4 years.
The “Combined track”—For outstanding B.G.U. graduate students at advanced stages in their Masters’ research (having completed a maximum of 4 semesters towards the Masters' degree), whose Masters’ research, by virtue of content, originality and contribution to the field might be extended to fulfill the requirements of a Ph.D. Thesis. The student is entitled to a Masters' degree after passing the candidacy exam. The study and research period is 4 years.
 The “Direct track”-- For outstanding Bachelors’ students of B.G.U. or other comparable academic institutions, with confirmed academic excellence in their Bachelors’ studies, ranked by the Research Studies Committee as being among the top 10% in their field. This track enables direct doctoral studies without prior registration for Masters’ studies. Acceptance into this track must be contiguous with the completion of the Bachelors’ studies. The study and research period is 5 years.

Registration requirements

Registration via the candidates' website:

The following items must be attached to registration forms:

1. Official confirmation of the successful completion of a Bachelors’ degree either notarized or certified by the accrediting institution or by the B.G.U. Office for Research Students. New, incoming students (not previously at BGU) must also submit a detailed, official grade-sheet.

2. Official confirmation of the successful completion of a Masters’ degree. New, incoming students (not previously at BGU) must also submit a detailed, official grade-sheet (including the Thesis score).

3. Students from abroad (from non-English-speaking countries) must also submit notarized or certified (see 1 above) translations of their documents and complete grade-sheets into either English or Hebrew.

4. An up-to-date curriculum vita (in either Hebrew or English).

5. Letters of reference: two from academicians with Ph.D. degrees and one from the Masters’ Thesis Advisor. Candidates for the Dept. of Life Sciences must also have a letter of reference from their intended Ph.D. Advisor; these are to be sent by the referees directly to the Kreitman School Office.

Candidate Recommendation form.
6. Only candidates for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are required to submit a tentative, pre-admission Thesis Research Proposal, signed by the referees, to the Kreitman School Office.

7. Only candidates for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences "Combined Track" are required to submit a summary of their research along with a form approving their transfer to the "Combined Track", signed by the Head of the Graduate Students' Committee of their department.

8. A receipt of payment for registration. Online registration fees for Israeli citizens: 400 NIS for new incoming students at BGU; 200 NIS for continuing "Regular Track" BGU students; 150 NIS for "Combined Track" or "Direct Track" students; $150 for foreign nationals (all fees subject to change).

9. Copy of your passport 


Scholarships and Teaching-Assistantships

1​. A candidate interested in work as a teaching assistant in his/her department or who would like a scholarship should turn to his/her department’s office. Note: Being accepted as a teaching assistant does not guarantee admission into the doctoral studies program.

2. Scholarships

Admission Requirements

Doctoral candidates may only be accepted for research studies by recommendation of the department in which that research will be done and with the approval of the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee and that of the Research Students’ Committee.

1. The candidate must have earned a Masters' degree in a program requiring the submission of a Masters’ Thesis from B.G.U. or another comparable academic institution, and must have high grades from the Masters’ studies and Thesis. Candidates who have not yet fulfilled their Masters’ degree requirements may be accepted conditionally, contingent upon their proper completion of supplemental studies; this is a temporary status that may be conferred for only one semester.

· Holders of a Master degree without a Thesis may not register for the Ph.D. degree. It is possible to complete the required Thesis at our University by registering for "Thesis completion" (as part of the registration for the Masters' degree). One may register for the Ph.D. program after the successful completion of the Thesis. In some departments, it is possible to register for the "Combined Track" after one year of research (inquire at the Kreitman School).

2. The candidate must choose a potential Thesis Advisor from among the senior lecturers or professors prior to registration online. Detailed information on the various academicians is generally available online via the BGU homepage, by checking their various personal homepages linked to the departmental websites.

3. Graduate students from universities abroad (even those with campuses in Israel) are required to pass certain tests before they can become doctoral candidates: the GRE General Test and Subject Test. Potential candidates for the Faculty of Management must also take the GMAT. The results of these tests must reach the Kreitman School together with the registration forms. After the results of these tests are received, the applications are referred to the various Admissions Committees. More information on these tests (GRE & GMAT) may be found on Internet at: and  or via:

GRE Search Serving, P.O.B. 6010, Princeton, NJ 08541-6010 USA at

tel.: 1-609-4065149.

The phone number for the USA-Israel Education Fund is 03-5172131.

Exemption from the GRE exams:

The Research Students’ Committee may decide that a particular candidate is exempt from the above exam. In order to apply for an exemption, the candidate must submit: a certified grade-sheet detailing all the courses completed and the Thesis score, a copy of the Thesis and an updated curriculum vita (CV) and a letter requesting exemption from the GRE exam. 

4. “Doctoral research” (Code 3):

Intended for internal doctoral candidates who have a scholarship. In this case, a candidate is admitted for a “trial period” of up to 12 months. At the conclusion of this period, the student is required to submit a Thesis Research Proposal and to pass a candidacy test. Having passed this test successfully, the candidate’s status is changed to that of a “regular doctoral student” (Code 3). 

“Supplementary doctoral studies” (Code 13):

Intended for a) candidates who have not yet fulfilled their Masters’ degree requirements due to inadequate course-grades or a low Thesis score, but they may be admitted if they have convinced the Research Students’ Committee that they can reach the required level by means of supplementary studies; b) candidates who intend to study a different research field from that of their Masters' studies. The Research Students’ Committee will reach a decision whether to except the candidate for Ph.D. studies after assessing the students’ achievements in their supplementary studies. 



Registration Periods

Registration forms may be submitted to the Kreitman School Office throughout the academic year. Doctoral studies may be started three times each year—at the start of the Winter, Spring or Summer semesters. A candidate requesting admission to the Winter semester (Semester A) should register no later than the preceding 1st of July; for Spring semester (Semester B), no later than the preceding 1st of January. Registration forms received after these dates will be considered, but there are no guarantees that the candidate will be accepted for the requested semester.

Online Registration


In order to apply to The Kreitman-School follow these instructions:

  • First and foremost, read the Academic Regulations

  • Before applying you must find a faculty member from Ben-Gurion University that will agree to advise you in your Ph.D studies.

  • Here you can find a list of Ph.D advisors according to their field of research

  • All applicants from Universities outside of Israel or from colleges (in or outside of Israel) must take two GRE tests: the Basic GRE test and one advanced subject GRE test. Candidates for the Faculty of Management, instead of the GRE test, must take a GMAT test (with a minimum grade of 650).The results of the test must arrive at the Kreitman School along with the registration forms.

  • Hebrew Requirements: Non-Israeli students will be required to study Hebrew for two semesters.
    However, the Research Study Committee may exempt a student from this requirement
    following a detailed written request and the recommendation of his/her adviser





     ​More information is
     available at 
    the Kreitman
    School Office, located on
     the Marcus Family Campus,

     Community Action Building
     (18), Room 208;

     tel. 08-6461209; 
     fax. 08-6472889;