Master's Program Non-Thesis Track (MA)
An interdisciplinary study program for a non-thesis MA degree
The Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES) offers anon-thesisinterdisciplinary studyMA degreeprogram. Thistrack is intended for professionals looking to expand their environmental knowledge, as well as for students without such professional background, who seek to pursue a career in the environmental field. The curriculum emphasizes a multidisciplinary approachto environmental issues, integrating a variety of disciplines to address the diversity and complexity of environmental problem solving and innovation.
The program offers three possible specialty tracks:
- Energy and the Environment: At the dawn of the 21st century, oil reserves are diminishing, the environmental and climatic costs of using coal remains high, the dangers of nuclear power have not yet been resolved, and renewable and biological energy sources do not yet play a major role in the global energy mix.
This track offers an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to the study of energy and includes courses on regular and renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, energy economy, social and planning aspects of energy infrastructure, the relationship between energy and sustainable development, environment policy and more.
- Environmental Aspects of Water Resources: By the mid-21st century, two billion people across the world are expected to suffer from a lack of a stable supply of clean, safe drinking water. Solving water needs is a prerequisite for all sustainable development, proper food production, regional security and stable geostrategic relations between populations and countries.
This track offers an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to the study of water, and includes courses on the characteristics of Israel's water sector, limnology, pollution and restoration of wetlands, water and wastewater treatment technologies, water resource management, climate, and more.
- Urban Sustainability: Today's cities face numerous challenges, including demographic growth and dynamic technological changes. Despite this, inspiring examples for dealing with the challenges of sustainability have been developed in various urban frameworks in Israel and abroad.
This track offers a creative, futuristic, and visionary study of the urban challenges of the 21st century, and includes courses on environmental policy, urban sustainability, green architecture and building, and more.
This degree program is taught in Hebrew.