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Information for the Applicant

(*) The information is up to date for the 2017-2018 academic year

Registration dates

Registration for the 2017-2018 academic year commences on January 22, 2017 and ends in August 2017 (the first semester of the academic year begins in October 2017).

Objective of studies

The Department of Knowledge and Information Management operates in accordance with an international model called iSchools, an academic field that focuses on the concept of information and researches it in all its aspects.

The curriculum deals with the behavioral, technical, economic, and other aspects of information. Every graduate will be able to answer or research, in a workplace setting, practical questions related to information, such as:

  • What causes a person to share information, what kind of information and with whom? What impact do online reviews have on consumers?
  • How does one identify information relevant to the organization in Big Data? How is textual information analyzed? How is multidimensional information presented?
  • How do you make money from a free product? How do you price a unique product on which there is no market information?

For a more detailed discussion, see the Department Head’s message

Program's rules and regulations

Structure

The program takes two academic years and consists of:

  1. One full school day per week (Tuesday) for thirteen (consecutive) months
  2. Approximately one year for writing a final thesis / practicum

The curriculum is structured as a continuum beginning with general learning in a classroom setting, and at more advanced stages of the program, division into the various study tracks, followed by focus on a specific field of specialization and research that each student chooses.

There are two study tracks:
Track A – includes 32 weekly semester hours and writing a research thesis
Track B – includes 40 weekly semester hours, completing a practicum and writing a paper about it.
In addition, the department offers a specialization in librarianship that gives the graduate an addendum to the academic certificate. Students who are interested in obtaining this addendum in addition to the master's degree are obligated to take all the courses associated with the librarianship specialization program.

The program consists of seven study terms. Each term consists of eight weeks (so each course includes eight sessions) followed by an exam week dedicated to completion of course obligations. During the term, aside from attending the lessons, there are also assignments of class work and homework, performed individually or in small groups, as per the course requirements.

Minimum Conditions of Application

  1. A grade of at least 80 in a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Israel or abroad.
    Applicants who are graduates of accredited universities abroad or graduates of universities with branches in Israel operating with a permit granted by the Council of Higher Education, will be required to successfully pass the GRE exam, or to complete supplementary studies in a bachelor's degree setting.
    Applicants with a bachelor's degree grade of 76-79, whose admission is recommended by the departmental Admissions Committee, can be accepted on a conditional basis and will be obligated to meet the grade average determined by the department during the first study terms.
  2. A departmental entrance exam in English covering linguistic and topical content.
  3. An interview.
  4. Hebrew proficiency – an applicant with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education, in which the language of instruction is not Hebrew, must pass a Hebrew proficiency examination at the level required by the University as a condition of admission.
  5. Knowledge and experience in working with a computer.

Registration

Registration for the 2017-2018 academic year commences on January 22, 2017 and ends in August 2017 (the first semester of the academic year begins in October 2017).

Registration is carried out via the registration portal of the University of Haifa.

Admission process

  1. After registration on the University's registration portal, the applicant must fill out the Applicants' Questionnaire and email it to the department's secretariat.
  2. After the registration and questionnaire are received by the department's secretariat, the applicant is invited to one of the exam dates.
    • The exam is an internal, departmental examination.
    • It includes 31 multiple choice questions and two reading comprehension passages with true/false questions.
    • It is in English and takes place on a computer.
    • It includes reading comprehension, general knowledge of concepts in the field and the use of search engines and databases on the Internet.
    • The duration of the exam is one hour.
  3. The interview is held immediately following the exam. It is usually held in small groups (3-5 applicants) and takes about an hour. It includes a short introduction of the applicants and discussion of their personal and professional backgrounds, as well as a description of the department and the nature of the studies and so on, by the interviewing member of faculty.
  4. The exam results and interviewers’ opinions are collected by the departmental secretariat and sent to the departmental Master's Degree Committee (Admissions Committee), which then sends its recommendations to the Authority of Advanced Studies. After obtaining the Authority's approval, the registration department sends an official letter of admission, attached to the bill for the first tuition installment. Payment ensures a place in the year the applicant registered for and was accepted to.

It is important to know that the Authority's approval can only be obtained by presenting the original (or an authenticated copy of the) bachelor's degree certificate and transcript, even if the Committee submits a recommendation for admission.

Tuition

The tuition for the whole program is the regular university tuition, which equals 200% of the official university tuition for two academic years (and constitutes the minimum tuition for a master’s degree). A Track A student (the research thesis track) continuing on to a third year will pay 10% tuition for the third academic year.

Pursuant to the decision of the Council of Higher Education, the annual tuition for a master’s degree in the 2016-2017 academic year is TBD. This rate does not include supplementary payments (security, services, etc.), according to the Tuition Rules and Regulations.

Communication

Telephone: 04-8288963, 04-8288981

Email: ischool@univ.haifa.ac.il , aweber@univ.haifa.ac.il