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.
Candidate Recommendation form
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:http://www.gre.org and http://www.fulbright.org.il or via:
GRE Search Serving, P.O.B. 6010, Princeton, NJ 08541-6010 USA at
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.