Students interested in the thesis track will submit an application according to the following requirements:
- Minimum grade point average from bachelor's degree of 80 (according to TAU transcript evaluation).
- Minimum grade point average of 85 from the first semester MA courses.
- Completion of all coursework as required in the International MA Program non-thesis program.
Students accepted to the thesis track will be required to complete a course in research methods or a course that will improve their research skills related to the thesis topic, in addition to the 38 required credits for the MA non-thesis program. This course should preferably be taken during the first semester of their thesis track program. The course should be chosen or approved in writing by the student’s supervisors.
Students are required to have two Thesis Supervisors, one of whom must be TAU tenured faculty. Each supervisor must represent a different discipline, thus reflecting inter-disciplinarily of the research. Finding supervisors is up to the student, but the Program may provide support and consultation. Any proposed supervisor who does not hold a tenure-track position at TAU must be first approved by the program's Academic Committee and then by TAU Vice Rector.
Students will be required to attend 10 lectures/seminars over the course of the thesis year, at the Department of Environmental Studies at TAU, or other departmental seminars at TAU, or relevant conferences.
Thesis Final Exam (Thesis Defense)
Students will present their research in a Thesis Final Exam ("Thesis Defense") attended by both supervisors and two external reviewers. The exam must take place at the Porter Building. In special conditions, the program's Academic committee can approve other TAU locations for the final exam.
Deadlines for submission of application, research proposal and all fees and payments are published to students during the first semester of the academic year.
Tuition for the thesis track is $5,400. Refund and cancellation policies are found in the Student Handbook. The Department of Environmental Studies may offer scholarships for the thesis track students.
Students accepted to the thesis track will be provided with the following student services:
- Health insurance
- Student Union membership
- Library access
- Letter approving student status for use in obtaining Student Visa