Dates for submitting applications will be published during the first semester
The fields of specialization offered for M.A. students are: clinical psychology, clinical child Psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology and psychobiology. The program consists of two years of study.
The curriculum for all programs includes:
- Compulsory coursework, including coursework on methodology and statistics and courses specific to the student’s program of choice.
- Elective courses, selected from the M.A. elective courses offered, to complete the semester-hour requirements.
- At least one term paper.
- A final paper (thesis). The paper, which must be based on empirical research, is written with faculty guidance and under faculty supervision.
- Practical field work (practicum) in the student’s field of specialization. For research-oriented programs, the practicum is conducted in laboratories and research workshops.
The Clinical-Research program:
Beginning next year, the Clinical-Research Track replaces both the Child and the Adult clinical tracks. The new Track aims to train students in two main areas: (1) clinical training for future psychologists that would meet all the requirements of the clinical psychology profession, including high ethical standards and familiarity with the main theories and trends in clinical psychology; (2) research training including critical scientific thinking, familiarity with research methods and hands-on experience in meaningful research through research seminars and later masters or doctoral theses. The emphasis in the program is on integrative thinking, critical evaluation of the clinical psychology field and mutual enrichment between the clinical and the research domains.The clinical training will cover the full range of ages from childhood to late adulthood, and is constructed so that all student experience one year with emphasis on children and one year with emphasis on adults. The clinical training includes intensive study of the following domains: (1) the range of psychopathologies through the life-span; (2) the main treatment approaches in clinical psychology; and (3) diagnostic and assessment methods.
In addition to the academic studies, the masters program includes a clinical practicum in psychiatric hospitals or mental health centers, in which students receive hands-on experience in clinical work under supervision. The clinical practicum takes place during two days a week for two years, one with adults and the other with children.By the end of the first year (October 1) the students must choose one of the faculty members at the School of Psychological Sciences as their master thesis advisor and submit a thesis proposal. The total number of academic hours in the Clinical-Research Track is 60.
The Admission Process
The minimum requirements for applying to the Clinical-Research Track are a score of 105 in the Mitam test and a GPA of 90 in psychology. Applicants for the Clinical-Research Track must rank this track as their first priority. The Mitam score and the GPA are weighted together in determining whether an applicant is invited to the evaluation process for admission to the Track. In 2012, the lowest Mitam score for an applicant who was invited to the evaluation process was 114, and the lowest GPA in psychology was 90. These numbers vary from year to year and depend on several factors, including the number of applicants to the Track and the distribution of their grades. Recommendations and CVs are also considered in the decision whether to invite an applicant to the evaluation process as well as in the decision whether to accept an applicant following the evaluation. The evaluation process is designed to assess the applicants' suitability for the clinical psychologist role as well as their research aptitudes, in accordance with the Track's mission. The evaluation process begins with focused evaluation days conducted by the Track and may be followed by further stages designed to optimize the fit between the Track's characteristics and its future students.
The social psychology program: the first year of the social psychology program focuses on the research underpinnings of social psychology; with the exception of Introduction to Social Psychology, most of the coursework is methodological in orientation, focusing on statistics and research methods. Students take part in a research workshop, aimed at sharpening their research skills, from the planning stage through the final report, led by a lecturer who is involved in research in the topic at hand. Students acquire a theoretical background in social psychology by way of elective courses, taught by teachers in the program, on such subjects as the psychology of decision-making, social distance, persuasion and opinion modification, and empathy and understanding, as well as the Jewish-Arab conflict. Students may elect to take a number of applied courses, both within the program and in other departments. The social psychology program consists of 40 semester hours.
The cognitive psychology program: focuses on the basic processes which characterize information-processing systems in the fields of perception, attention, learning, memory, language, thought, problem-solving, communication, decision-making and cognitive development, teaching students to plan and execute studies in these fields. Students must take part in at least five and as many as seven compulsory courses within the program (fourteen semester hours), along with elective coursework within the program (with approval from the head of the program, students may take up to one course outside of the program). Students are obligated to take part in the program’s Colloquium. The requirements for the program consist of 38 semester hours; students may take up to six semester hours of additional coursework, free of charge, during their first two years in the program. Students who register for the cognitive psychology program may opt for a neuroscience-oriented track, titled behavioral and cognitive neuroscience (see below).
The psychobiology program: focuses on the biological basis of behavior, as well as psychological processes such as learning, memory and emotion, under normal and abnormal conditions (schizophrenia, Parkinson ’s disease). The existing knowledge in this field is based on research conducted in humans and animals. The program provides students with a grounding in neuroscience (including the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system and psychopharmacology), as well as research methods for psychobiology, such as brain imaging, electrophysiology, pharmacology and computational techniques. The psychobiology program consists of 40 semester hours; students must participate in a course titled “select topics in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience” over the course of three semesters. During their first two years in the program, students may take up to six semester hours beyond the program requirements for M.A. students, free of charge. Students applying for the psychobiology program may opt for the behavioral and cognitive neuroscience track (see below).
Brain and Cognition:The aim of the brain and cognition program is to provide students with thorough knowledge on the neural basis of cognitive processes including attention, perception, memory, decision-making and so on. The program primarily focuses on the human brain. In addition to courses that theoretically discuss past and current research on the neural basis of cognitive functions the program also offers methodological courses in a variety of neuroimaging techniques including EEG and MRI methods that complement the usage of behavioral measures. In addition to mandatory and elective courses, the students will participate in a weekly colloquium where research of faculty members from the program as well as cognitive scientists from other universities will present their research.