Master's Degree (MA)

The M.A Program in Psychology is set to encourage research in the field of Psychology as a scientific area of study. In addition, it provides initial training towards internship in different areas of Clinical Psychology. 
The M.A. Program in Psychology lasts two years, with the exception of the applied neuroscience area, which lasts three years.
Once a year (usually in the months of December or January) we will have an open house for M.A Program candidates, in which descriptions of the different areas of research, study programs and admission processes will be given.

Studies include:

  1. Required courses (a course in research methods that is shared among the different areas of research and different required courses according to the specific area). It is compulsory to complete the required courses in the first year in order to continue to study more advanced courses and to participate in projects in the second year.

  2. Elective courses. Array of courses will be determined by each area in particular.

  3. Seminar paper.

  4. Research proposal for thesis.

  5. Thesis.

  6. Participation in an applied, research or theoretical, practicum that enables acquisition of practical skills. (Participation in a practicum is either required or optional, according to the area).


See further details of the applied material for the different areas of the M.A Program.


M.A. Areas

M.A. studies in Psychology are aimed at encouraging study and research in the field of psychology as a basic science, and giving elementary training in preparation for an area in the application of psychology in the different areas.

Research track (in Hebrew)
Applied track in Neuropsycholog (in Hebrew/English)
Educational and clinical child psychology (in Hebrew) - partnered with the School of Education

Link to Psychologists Board website. The website shows the criteria for internship in the different areas of Psychology. Criteria regard internship in Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Medical Psychology, Rehabilitation Psychology and Social-Employment-Organizational Psychology. 


Clinical Area


About the area

The clinical area affords its students a theoretical and practical infrastructure that allows them to learn and develop as therapists with responsibility, concern, and understanding in therapeutic fieldwork and in the emotional processes that stand at its foundations. Our hope is that alumni of the area, as they continue down their professional paths, will contribute to the promotion of thought and practice in the field. The area's program encourages the development of the skills required to that end. Acquiring this infrastructure is accomplished through the combination of intensive fieldwork with close guidance, theoretical courses that allow for the learning of clinical skills, observing the emotional processes that are at the core of therapeutic work, and the acquisition of theoretical and empirical tools for investigation. Moreover, the research experience that the students must undergo during the course of their studies contributes to this aim. Our program is unique in that the research can be empirical (quantitative or narrative) or theoretical and clinical.

All of the educators and instructors in the area are experienced, senior clinical psychologists who are continuously and actively involved in treatment and diagnosis.

The area excels in two central branches of psychotherapy: psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

We are proud that the heads of the five clinical areas in the different Israeli universities (in 2010, for example) are alumni of the clinical area in Jerusalem. In addition, all the heads of psychological services in mental health institutions in Jerusalem (the city with the most mental health institutions in the country) are also alumni of the area at Hebrew University.


Instructors in the area

Area Coordinator: Prof. Orya Tishby,

Prof. Eytan Bachar

Prof. Jonathan Huppert

Dr. Laura Canetti

Dr. Eyal Kalanthroff

Dr. Iftah Yovel


Program of study

The program of study is based on two consecutive years of theoretical studies and a practicum and cannot be divided. The program is built in a way that allows for the completion of all the academic requirements during those two years and we encourage our students to complete them in this timeframe in order to be free to continue their training in the framework of the clinical internship and/or doctoral studies.

The Masters degree in Psychology is awarded with the completion of the requirements of the program, which is necessary, according to the internship regulations of the Psychologists Board next to the Health Ministry, in order to complete the internship in clinical psychology and work as a therapist.


Theoretical studies

The number of credits required for the degree in this area is 60 credits.


Required courses:

Required clinical courses (including courses in psychotherapeutic intervention, foundations of clinical thought, psychopathology, interviewing and diagnosis.)

Clinical training in psychotherapy and psychodiagnostic diagnosis

Clinical workshop

Course in research methods common to all of the areas


Elective courses:

Elective clinical courses include courses in specific topics and techniques, like group therapy, short-term therapy, self psychology, Winnicottian therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy in anxiety disorders, and more.


Writing a research seminar paper

Writing the seminar paper is done under the framework of research seminars. Students in the area can participate in research seminars given by instructors from the area or by instructors from other areas in the department. The clinical research seminars include research on post-trauma, research on ethics, research in psychotherapy, behavioral cognitive conceptualization, eating disorders and more.


Writing the thesis

For details regarding the thesis, please press here.


Practical studies (practicum)

The practical part of the area's program is based on an intensive clinical practicum. The sites that are chosen for the practicum are among the best clinics and hospitals that deal with mental health in Jerusalem. The practicum is done only in those frameworks in Jerusalem that were chosen for that purpose by the area. During the first year, students will spend 10 weekly hours in the clinical framework and in the second year about 20 weekly hours in the same framework. The continuity is intended to allow for lasting learning and therapeutic experiences, and to minimize difficulties adjusting to frequent transitions. The educators and instructors in the area, in coordination with the mentors at the practicum sites, emphasize the developmental, growth and personal learning processes and the experiences the students go through, each person at his own pace and as a group.


Alumni of the clinical area in Jerusalem:

A. Gain vast clinical experience due to the fact that this the only area in which the practicum lasts for two consecutive years and in the same clinical framework.

B. The chance to finish the thesis relatively quickly is given to them. There is a variety of possibilities for writing the thesis in the department, which is characterized by excellence in research.


Doctoral studies

Students who have fulfilled the criteria of qualifications and achievements may start the "Doctoral Direct Track” already during the two years of the M.A. See the Doctorate page for further details.


Acceptance to the area

See details regarding acceptance to the M.A.


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Applied Neuropsycoholgy



Studies in the area last for three years at the end of which students may be accepted to internships in rehabilitation psychology according to the requirements of the Psychology Law in Israel. The applied track combines theoretical aspects and concepts in neuropsychology with clinical, diagnostic, therapeutic-rehabilitative aspects of this discipline. The courses involve brain structure and function and cognitive, emotional and social process connected to the nervous system when functioning normally and in situations of neurological damage. Those studying in the applied area also participate in different diagnostic and treatment courses and gain experience in fieldwork, including a practicum. Moreover, during the course of their studies, students join medical students for a few weeks of learning and clinical experience in the Neurology Department in Hadassah Hospital. 



Instructors in the division

Division Coordinator: Prof. Hillel Aviezer 

Prof. Merav Ahissar 

Prof. Asher Cohen

Prof. Leon Deouell

Prof. Ram Frost 

Prof. Ran Hassin

Prof. Dan Hoofien 

Prof. Anat Maril 

Dr. Ayelet Landau 

Dr. Yoni Pertzov

Dr. Anat Perry

Dr. Tammy Pilowksi-Peleg

Dr. Tal Shany-Ur


Program of study

Studies in the applied track last for three years. The third year is centered on fieldwork (the practicum). All coursework must be completed and students must keep up with the time table of conducting their theses (the section "Thesis” above elaborates upon this), before beginning the fieldwork in the third year. The area reserves the right to not allow students who did not fulfill these conditions to begin their third year.


Required general studies of the first year - 10 credits 

Required courses of the first year - 14 credits 

Required courses of the second year - 18 credits (including experience in Neuropsychology (minipracticum) 0 credits) 

Elective Courses - 4 credits 

Required Courses of the third year – 6 credits: training seminar in Neuropsychology (practicum) 4 credits, Clinical experience in Neurology (held in Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem) 2 credits.

Total: 52 credits

Students who did not take the course "Neuropsychology” (51404) must take the course during their first year - the course will not count as part of the total credits. There is an option to obtain an exemption for students who took relevant courses based on the decision of the head of the program.
Participation in at least one research seminar is required.
Every student must submit one research seminar paper (0 credits).
Every student must write a thesis.


Writing the thesis

For details regarding the thesis, please press here.


Experimental Psychology

The program is intended for students who want to devote themselves to scientific exploration of the mind, with past experience in research. It includes methodological, statistical and theoretical courses that are required for conducting experiments in the 21st century. Students will be asked to find a MA supervisor and to start working on their thesis in the first semester of the first year. Students who will apply after being accepted to a laboratory will have an advantage. The program is aimed at students with BA in Psychology and related areas (e.g., neuroscience, cognitive science, etc.).



Writing the thesis

For details regarding the thesis, please press here.