M.A. in Gerontology: Science of Aging



M.A. in Gerontology: Science of Aging

A multidisciplinary program which offers courses from the following domains: Biology, clinical psychology, and sociology of aging, alongside of practical field training. It is a two-year program in collaboration with the Mina & Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences.

Goals of the Program:

This two-year program includes both theoretical and practical studies, along with on-site work experience (a practicum) which takes place in the second year. Students who complete the degree requirements will be eligible to receive the M.A. degree in Gerontology: Science of Aging and will be eligible to apply to be registered in the “The Register of Gerontologists”.    

The program is conducted in cooperation with the Mina & Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, and is included within their faculty programs.


The Course Curriculum :

Students can choose either the Thesis Track, or the Non-Thesis Track 

Thesis Track

Total of 32 credits according to the following breakdown:

Required courses - 24 credits

Elective courses - 4 credits 

Seminars - 4 credits 


Non-Thesis Track 

Total of 41 credits according to the following breakdown:

Required courses - 29 credits

Elective courses - 4 credits 

Seminars - 8 credits

* A field practicum (a course which takes place in institutions outside of the University) is 5 credits (2.5 hours per year) and is part of the required courses in the Non-Thesis Track and is an elective course in the Thesis Track.

This list of courses does not include required Judaism courses, English courses, and general courses. An additional course, "Introduction to Life Sciences" (4 credits; 2 hours per year), is required for those with a bachelor's degree in social sciences.


Admission Requirements:

* B.A. Degree from a recognized academic institution from the following areas:

Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences/ Department of Social & Health Sciences; psychology; behavioural sciences; social work; sociology and anthropology; criminology; education; health professions (i.e., nursing); medicine; occupational therapy; physical therapy; public administration; M.A. in art therapy.

* Minimum weighted grade of 80 for B.A. studies (a weighted average score of all the BA studies; for those who completed a degree in two departments the average score of studies in these two departments will be used).

* Preference will be given to students who already have approval for degree conferral (as opposed to candidates who are still in their final year of studies).

Students who are applying for the program while they are in the last year of studies for a Bachelor’s degree must provide confirmation of degree completion to the office of Master's Degree by the end of December of their first year in the program.


Prerequisites Studies:

The fulfillment of prerequisites (courses required for entry into the program) will be in accordance with academic background, in a scope of up to 14 credits from introductory courses which are relevant to social sciences and life sciences.  


Additional Admission Requirements for Candidates of the Master’s with Thesis Track:

The candidates for a Master's Thesis Track are obligated to have at least a grade of 85 in a year-long Statistics course (4 credits; 2 hours per year) and a year-long Research Methods course (4 credits; 2 hours per year) taken during their BA studies. Additionally, the candidates for the Master's Thesis Track have had to receive a minimum score of 85 in an English course taken during their BA studies, or have had to receive an exemption from English study during their BA studies.



1. If prerequisite courses are required for candidacy, these courses can be completed in any academic institution which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education, on condition that the courses meet the required number of hours and are in accordance with the aforementioned criteria.

2. The fulfillment of these requirements do not constitute automatic fulfillment of equivalent courses but are dependent on evaluation and confirmation of the courses based on criteria that will be determined by the Department of Social & Health Sciences and the Mina & Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences. The decision will be taken after examining the syllabi of the courses which the candidate has studied and his/her grades in the courses.   

3. In exceptional cases, the candidacy of students who hold a bachelor's degree in the above-specified fields but that do not fully comply with the aforementioned criteria will be considered.

4. The acceptance of candidates is made following an overall evaluation of all pertinent candidate data and relative to the other candidates who applied to the program in that specific year.


Application Process:

Candidates should apply to the M.A. in Gerontology program online on the Bar-Ilan University website and follow all directions provided.


Duration of Study:

Duration of study is two years. The School for Graduate Studies can under certain circumstances, and with the recommendation of the Head of the Program and thesis mentor, grant an extension for a third year of study, but only for the completion of the writing of the thesis and not for any course work (students in the Non-Thesis Track are not eligible for this extension). Additional details can be found on the website of the Department of Social & Health Sciences.


Language Requirements (English):

English competency at the Master’s degree level is required (details on proficiency exams, appropriate courses, and criteria for exemption for those eligible can be found in Bar-Ilan University website).


Judaic Study Requirements:

According to general M.A. University requirements.


For Further Details

Contact the Office on the Department of Social & Health Sciences

Telephone 03-5317010