The following are the steps that students must take to qualify for and complete a doctoral degree in the department:
Dissertation Topic and Advisor: Candidates to the Ph.D. program must first define their preferred areas of study and identify a faculty member who can supervise their dissertations. If need be, you may request assistance from the Department’s Graduate Studies Committee. Dissertation advisors must be at the level of senior lecturer or above, and should have significant expertise in either your proposed field of study or a closely related one.
Entrance Examinations: Candidates from abroad must successfully pass the GRE examinations* and send their results, together with all application forms, to the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies at BGU. The admissions committee will only discuss applications that include GRE results.
Probationary Period: Candidates are accepted for a probationary period of up to one year. At the end of the period, students are required to submit their dissertation proposals and successfully pass the department’s review panel. Candidates whose proposals are approved by the panel become full-time students.
Required Courses: Students must take a certain number of graduate-level courses selected in consultation with their dissertation advisors.
Dissertation Defense and Approval: Students’ dissertation committees decide when the dissertation is ready for defense. The Ph.D. is awarded when students’ dissertations pass the committee’s review.
Graduation: The program is ideally completed in no more than 5 years.
*In certain cases, candidates may be exempt from the GRE; the decision is left to the discretion of the research students’ committee.