Drylands occupy more than one-third of the earth's land surface, including most of the Middle East and Israel. Dwindling water supplies and deteriorating water quality impede the sustainabl​e development of drylands and the well-being ​​​​of their growing population. The aim of this program is to introduce students to cutting-edge research and graduate education in water sciences, aimed at improving human life in drylands through technologies and policies for the sustainable use of water resources 

The program offers the following tracks of study:

Water R esources

Desalination and Water Treatment

Microbiology and Water Quality

The M.Sc. program offers a thesis (research) track.

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


M.Sc. Requirements:

» A B.Sc. degree in either science or engineering 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 B.Sc. 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.