Research track

 

The MSW program encourages students to study in the research track, that includes writing a final paper (thesis). In this track, 32 credits of coursework are required. Moving to the research track occurs in the second year only.

 

Conditions for acceptance to the research track:

Students meeting the following requirements may submit their candidacy for the research track:

  • Has an average of at least 90 in the MSW courses studied in the first year
  • Has received at least 87 in each of the two courses 03802 - Scientific thought and research design and 03059 – Qualitative research.
    • A student who received special permission to repeat one of these courses is not eligible for the research track.
    • A student who has not achieved the required grade in these two courses (03802, 03059) but has an average of at least 93 in the first year of MSW studies is eligible for the research track
  • Has taken at least 18 credits in the first year of MSW studies
  • Has formulated a thesis topic and has the written agreement of a permanent faculty member of the school to serve as his/her supervisor (see list of senior faculty and their interests)

 

Requirements of the research track:

  • Successfully passing the following mandatory courses:
    • 03940 – seminar for students writing MA theses
    • 03560 – advanced quantitative research methods OR 03402 – advanced qualitative research methods
  • Writing a thesis

Instructions for writing a research proposal and thesis

 

Student with the status of “supplementary to research”

A student may submit a request to write a thesis after completing studies in the MSW program in the non-research track.

Such a request to write a thesis will be considered only if the candidate meets the following requirements:

  1. Has completed the MSW with an average of at least 90.
  2. Has received at least 87 in each of the two courses 03802 - Scientific thought and research design and 03059 – Qualitative research.
  3. Has formulated a thesis topic and has the written agreement of a permanent faculty member of the school to serve as his/her supervisor (see list of senior faculty and their interests)

Meeting these requirement does not give the student the right to write a thesis. The school will discuss each request according to the candidate’s abilities and the capacity of the MSW program.

 

A candidate who is permitted to write a thesis must register at the Hebrew University as a “supplementary research student” and will be required to pay tuition according to the University’s procedures for tuition payment.

 

A student who completed his studies at the Hebrew University within 5 years before applying to write a thesis may be exempted from participating in the thesis seminar, at the discretion of the head of the program. In that case, the research proposal will be read and discussed by the supervisor and another faculty member.

 

The thesis in the supplementary research track must be submitted at on 30 September. A student who does not abide by this schedule will not be permitted to continue writing the thesis.

 

The diploma and final grade for the MSW will not be changed due to writing a thesis. A student completing this track successfully will receive separate certification of this.