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Am I eligible for admissions?

Please refer to the admissions section of our website.

Can I still apply if I don't have a background in environmental studies?

Yes. Because our program is interdisciplinary in nature, we admit students from a variety of backgrounds. We look favorably on environmental experience, whether it is academic, professional or volunteer.

What is the application deadline? How much time do I need to submit my application?

Applications deadlines can be found here.
You should be able to collect all the information you need for your application in about two weeks. Sometimes it takes longer for your university to process your request for an official transcript. Please inform the program manager if you are having difficulty obtaining your transcript.

When will I hear if I am accepted?

Time to decision varies but you may generally expect to receive a decision within three to six weeks after the application deadline. 

How do I apply?

Application instructions can be found here.

Do I need to take the GRE?

The GRE is not required for admission to the program.

Do I need to take the TOEFL?

Applicants with qualifications from a university where the primary language of teaching and examination is not English will be required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores of no less than 89 for internet-based tests, 230 for computer-based tests, and 575 for paper-based tests. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores of no less than 7.0 will also be acceptable for non-native English speakers.

My undergraduate GPA does not meet the program’s stated minimum of 80; is there any way around this? Can I be accepted into the program even if I don’t meet the minimum GPA?

Past course work is often a good indicator of ability to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. If your GPA is lower than the stated minimum, we suggest that you attempt to strengthen other parts of your application as much as possible to demonstrate that your potential for success in the program is higher than indicated by your GPA.

Are students who apply directly after completing their undergraduate degree considered?

Yes. At present approximately 40% of our current students are continuing their studies, having just received a bachelor’s degree.

Is the program accredited?

Yes, Tel Aviv University is an accredited institution and is recognized worldwide. 
For FFELP purposes, Tel Aviv University is registered with the Department of Education (Title IV Code 008373-00 or electronic G08373).

In Israel, Tel Aviv University is accredited by the Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education. The University maintains study-abroad agreements with many top academic institutions in the United States. 

What kind of degree is this?

Masters of Arts in Environmental Studies (MA).

What kind of courses can I expect to take?

The structure and curricula of the Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES) reflect the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems and solutions. The school works in collaboration with each of the university's nine faculties to deliver environmental teaching and research in different fields.  The international program integrates the interdisciplinary structure of PSES into its curriculum. 

For a full list of courses offered please click here

Is there a thesis in this program?

There is no thesis option in the international program.

I want to do a PhD after I finish the international program. Does this MA lead to a PhD at the Porter School?

Non-thesis programs do not lead to PhD's at Tel Aviv University. If you're sure you want to do a PhD we recommend doing the Hebrew program, which has a thesis track.

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