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MSc in Desert Studies

Sde Boker
2 Years
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Master of Science

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You can choose a study track in which you can specialize in a certain field. Please note the admission requirements may differ depending on the track.

MSc in Desert Studies
Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands
Desert and semi-arid zones make up about 40% of the Earth's land surface, where more than 2 billion people live. These arid regions include diverse ecosystems often characterized by population growth, overexploitation, drought and desertification that lead to reduced agricultural production.
Desert Studies
Environmental and Aquatic Microbiology
The major in environmental and aquatic microbiology introduces students to the latest developments in environmental microbiology research in arid environments, using advanced molecular, biogeochemical and isotopic tools.
Desert Studies
Irrigation and Plant Environment
This course of study focuses on the essential questions faced by farmers: when and how much to irrigate? The trend provides tools to address the irrigation problems associated with arid and semi-arid conditions (eg, high demand for evaporation, saline water and soils with poor nutrient content).
Desert Studies
Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies

Requirements for Application

The registration conditions are correct at this time and are subject to change depending on supply and demand. To secure your place in the program you wish to be admitted to at an early stage, we recommend that you register early.

  • For most specializations in Desert Studies, applicants should hold a B.Sc. degree in either science or engineering from an accredited institution. For the Environmental Studies specialization, applicants should hold a B.Sc., a B.A., or a B.Arch. degree from an accredited institution.

  • A TOEFL score of at least 85/120 or equivalent in an internationally recognized English proficiency exam is required. The English proficiency requirement is waived for applicants who received their Bachelor's degree in a program taught in English.

  • The candidate must identify a potential advisor (research supervisor) among the faculty's staff. In order to assist with finding an advisor, please visit the BGU Research Portal​
  • A copy of the applicant's undergraduate diploma
  • A copy of the applicant's academic transcripts
  • A Copy of the applicant's  TOEFL/IETLS score
  • A copy of the applicant's GRE subject score
  • Two Letters of recommendation from faculty members who are familiar with the applicant's academic work and skills. These should be sent by the recommender directly to rishum@bgu.ac.il
  • A copy of the first page of your passport
  • A copy of your CV​

Please note: original documents must be presented upon arrival to Israel.

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