The innovative, multidisciplinary program in Desert Studies is structured to provide an integrated approach, offering students exceptional opportunities to pursue a combination of basic and applied research. Students are exposed to a wide range of disciplines complementary to their track of study.

The program offers the following tracks of study:

Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands

Irrigation and Plant Environment

Solar Energy and the Environmental Physics

Environmental and Aquatic Microbiology

Environmental Studies

The M.Sc. / M.A. program is offered in a thesis (research) track only.

For further information about the program please visit the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies website

M.Sc.\M.A. Requirements:

For most specializations in Desert Studies, applicants should hold a B.Sc. degree in either science or engineering from an accredited institution. For the Environmental Studies specialization, applicants should hold a B.Sc., a B.A., or a B.Arch. degree from an accredited institution.

A TOEFL score of at least 85/120 or the equivalent score in an internationally recognized English proficiency exam is required. The English proficiency requirement is waived for applicants who received their Bachelor's degree in a program taught in English.

Applicants are expected to contact by e-mail one or more potential supervisors with whom they would like to work on their thesis (for more details, please refer to "Faculty Members")​

Mandatory documents for preliminary consideration:

» A copy of the applicant's undergraduate diploma

» A copy of the applicant's academic transcripts

» A Copy of the applicant's  TOEFL/IETLS score

» Two letters of recommendation​ from faculty members who are familiar with the applicant's academic work and skills. These should be sent by the recommender directly to foreign_reg@bgu.ac.il

» A copy of the first page of your passport

» A copy of your CV


Please note: original documents must be presented upon arrival to Israel.