The purpose of the doctoral program is for the student to acquire the scientific knowledge of theory and skills in sociology and/or anthropology necessary to independently and critically produce new scientific knowledge. High-level research is a prerequisite for doctoral studies and researcher training.
The program of studies is prepared in consultation with the Department Committee for Doctoral Students and with the student's supervisor. The program will generally include an advanced seminar in theory, a seminar in methodology, an additional seminar requiring approval by the Departmental Committee for Doctoral, and a pro-seminar for doctoral students. At least six annual credit hours are required. For students needing to supplement their knowledge in sociology or anthropology, a supplementary program will be formulated on an individual basis. Students are also required to attend the Department Seminar, held periodically on Wednesday, 2-4 p.m.
The doctoral candidate is required to submit a research proposal by the end of the first year. The proposal is subject to the approval of both the Department and the University Doctoral Committee.
Candidates are encouraged to apply for fellowships or assistantships in research or teaching (but these are extremely limited in number). Application should be addressed to the University Doctoral Committee and the Departmental Chair.
Admission to doctoral studies is ordinarily conditional on either the completion of a Master's theses in sociology (or a related field), or on admission to a direct track to the Ph.D. after one year of outstanding work in sociology and anthropology at the Master's level. Candidates are judged in terms of their research experience and potential, as well as the fit between their research interests and those of available thesis advisors. The language of instruction is Hebrew, although most reading is in English. Written work and the thesis is ordinarily submitted in Hebrew, although work (as well as the dissertation) may be submitted in English (subject to prior approval).
Candidates should apply formally only after they have verified that a faculty member is willing in principle to supervise them. Candidates should contact potential supervisors directly, and provide them with a one page outline of their research question or interest.
Additional information regarding Admission Requirements and the Program of Study is available on the Hebrew web site.
For information on Faculty Members.
List of Faculty Supervisors and Interests
List of Department Interests
List of Disserations Completed
List of Disserations in Progress