M.A

Master's Degree Studies

Additional preliminary requirements

An average of at least 76% in Bachelor's degree studies. A personal interview will be held when required.

All the students are initially accepted to Track 2 – without research.

Students interested in writing a thesis will apply to change their study track during their first year of study; their requests will be reviewed by a special committee of the department.

Master's degree study tracks

Track 1 – with thesis

Students that have completed diploma studies in Information Science and/or Librarianship will be required to study 12 annual hours.

Students that have completed Bachelor's degree studies in Information Science and/or Librarianship as a minor subject will be required to study the regular program, as well as complementary studies at a scope of 2 annual hours.

Students that do not have a Bachelor's degree in Information Science and/or Librarianship will be required to study the regular program, as well as complementary studies at a scope of 6 annual hours.

Within the framework of their studies, students will be required to write two seminar papers and to participate in laboratory exercises, in the departmental colloquium and in practical work (100 hours) and/or a final project, in addition to writing a research thesis in their area of specialization. Students are required to participate in research studies and surveys conducted by the department.

 

Track 2 – without thesis

Students that have completed diploma studies in Information Science and/or Librarianship will be required to study 18 annual hours.

Students that have completed Bachelor's degree studies in Information Science and/or Librarianship as a minor subject will be required to study the regular program, as well as complementary studies at a scope of 2 annual hours.

Students that do not have a Bachelor's degree studies in Information Science and/or Librarianship will be required to study the regular program, as well as complementary studies at a scope of 6 annual hours.

Within the framework of their studies, students will be required to write three seminar papers and to participate in laboratory exercises, surveys, tours, the departmental colloquium and in practical work (100 hours) and/or a final project. Students are required to participate in research studies and surveys conducted by the department.

 

Areas of specialization:

  • Information science; Knowledge and information management in organizations and  society. 
  • Information technologies (to be accepted to this course of study one must pass a screening test).

 

a.Information science; Knowledge and information management in organizations and  society

In this track students are trained to be information and knowledge managers in different organizations.

The graduates of this track are able to manage the organizational processes and information systems and are able to provide technological solutions to support decision making in the organization. The studies focus on the information profession, the meaning and dissemination of intellectual property in the organization, information retrieval from databases and from the Web, management of information centers, designing and maintaining information services.

The characteristics of information, information behavior, information flows and processes related to the creation, dissemination, organization, storage, retrieval, interpretation and usage of information are taught and researched.

This track is intended for students who seek employment in information centers, information companies, information units in companies and/or organizations in different areas, e.g.,: industry, governmental offices and hi-tech companies.

Information Management in Educational and Cultural Institutions

The students in this specialization are trained as highly-qualified information professionals and librarians and will be able to hold managerial positions in libraries and information centers and/or to focus on research and development. Special courses in this specialization include management of libraries and resource centers, organization of information and information retrieval for different user groups.

This track is intended for students who seek employment in libraries and information centers in universities and colleges, in the community, in schools, museums and research centers both as mangers and as developers.

Social Information: The Internet and Personal Empowerment

The students in this track are trained as highly-qualified community information professionals that are sensitive to the needs of the community and are able to exploit the social potential of digital and printed information.

Because of the exposure to huge quantities of information in the Internet culture, there is a renewed need for information professionals who are able to provide social and health related information, guidelines for smart use and evaluation of information, and assimilate the value of information for personal empowerment within the family and the community. In addition, the graduates are trained as content managers of web sites and databases related to: society, welfare and health and can manage self-help units in libraries and community centers; provide social information in organizations and public institutions, medical centers and in private information services.

Growing awareness to information as an empowerment tool together with the increase in life expectancy and the digital gap require reorganization of information acquisition, retrieval and dissemination processes. Research in this area focuses on the psychology of the Internet, information needs of different groups and communities, information behavior, usage of different information channels, marketing and dissemination of information for the benefit of the individual and the society.

 

b. Information Technologies

This track emphasizes the studies of advanced computer technologies to support the management of information systems in the organization and on the Internet.

The students learn about standards and tools for publishing and organizing information in the Internet, management of virtual forums, treatment of nontextual data (graphics, audio, and video), setting up network services and retrieval and provision of information from dynamic databases.

This track is intended for students who seek employment in information units in organizations in order to contribute to the analysis, design and management of information systems or plan to work as service providers, database designers or developers of novel information retrieval tools.