PhD program(s)


Program Description

Ph.D. Programs

Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies
The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev offers advanced research training in multiple research areas that include engineering, exact sciences, medical/life sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
The Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies serves as the administrative framework for graduate and post-graduate students at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

How to Apply:
The first step in applying to the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies is to find an advisor who is a senior lector at least and is willing to be your Ph.D. supervisor. In order to accomplish that, simply follow the instructions below:
1. Choose the faculty of your interest in the list below
2. Choose the appropriate department
3. Browse through the different researchers
4. Contact the relevant researchers requesting them to be your supervisors.

Research Fields:

Engineering Science

Programs offered by the Faculty of Engineering Sciences are designed to provide a fundamental approach to basic engineering principles with emphasis on scientific methods. The aim of coursework and research projects is to develop individuals capable of creative work in engineering science and areas of specialization in engineering research and development or teaching.
  • The Department of Chemical Engineering
  • The Department of Communication Systems Engineering
  • The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
  • The Department of Materials Engineering
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • The Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • The Department of Biotechnology Engineering
  • The Department of Information Systems Engineering
  • The Department of Software Engineering
  • The Department of Structural Engineering
  • Unit of Management and Safety Engineering
  • Unit of Environmental Engineering
  • Unit of Electro-optical Engineering

Desert Studies

The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR), affiliated to the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), are acknowledged leaders in desert studies, widely respected in the international scientific community for the quality and creativity of their research and training programs. In light of this global reputation and the worldwide need for expertise in the study of drylands, BGU and the Blaustein Institutes have established the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies, which offers programs leading to Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Desert Studies, and Hydrology & Water Technologies. These multi-disciplinary research areas have emerged in response to the lack of science-based responses to the urgent needs of humanity.

The faculty includes scientists from the BIDR and leading scholars from the international community. The innovative, multidisciplinary programs are structured to provide an integrated approach, offering students exceptional opportunities to pursue a combination of basic and applied research. Students are exposed to a wide range of disciplines complementary to their major areas of specialization. Graduates are qualified to carry out basic and applied research, take responsible positions in the management of drylands and lead the battle to combat desertification.
- Desert Studies
- Hydrology and Water Quality
- Ecology, Conservation, and Management

Health Sciences

The University Center Sciences includes the medical school, the Recanati School for Community Health Professions, and postgraduate programs for basic health sciences, social sciences, health economics, and medical epidemiology.

This innovative educational program has attracted international recognition and the Center was named a Collaborating Institute by the World Health Organization during its first period of existence. Present members of the faculty are involved in helping to set up a similar program in other areas of the world.
  • The Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School
  • The Leon and Mathilde Recanati School for Community Health Professions
  • Medical School for International Health in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center
  • School of Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • The School of Pharmacy
  • The School of Continuing Education

Humanities and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts degree in the Departments of Behavioral Sciences, Bible and Ancient Near-Eastern Studies, Hebrew Language, Hebrew Literature, History, and Philosophy.

Admission Requirements:
  • Bachelor degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences from an accredited
    ** institution of higher education recognized by the University.
  • minimum grade point average of 75 or its equivalent is required by
    ** the Faculty. Each Department, however, may impose higher grade point averages.
  • knowledge of the Hebrew language. The language of instruction at the
    ** Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is Hebrew; thus, students should have
    ** a sufficient knowledge to participate in graduate-level studies.
  • Proficiency test in English as a foreign language.
Faculty Departments:
  • The Department of Politics & Government
  • Bible, Archaeology, and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • The Department of Jewish Thought
  • The Department of Behavioral Sciences
  • The Department of Economics
  • The Department of Education
  • The Department of Foreign Literatures
  • The Department of Linguistics
  • The Department of Geography and Environmental Development
  • The Department of Hebrew Language
  • The Department of Hebrew Literature
  • The Department of General History
  • The Department of Middle Eastern Studies
  • The Department of Arts
  • The Department of Philosophy
  • The Department of Social Work

Natural Sciences

The Faculty of Natural Sciences incorporates seven different departments:
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Life Sciences
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Physics
  • Unit of Software Engineering
It offers degree programs leading to B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees.

The Faculty has a reputation for excellence in research. A broad spectrum of research is undertaken-both theoretical and experimental, basic and applied-having direct relevance to the development of the Negev, Israel's southern desert area.

The Faculty of Natural Science constantly endeavors to increase the number and quality of its students, to continually develop areas of study in order to keep pace with the demands of society and to maintain the excellence of its teaching. In addition, the Faculty encourages interaction with the community by attempting to strengthen its ties with industry and the national educational system. Contacts and cooperative efforts with research institutions in the country and abroad are constantly increasing. The Faculty provides a wide range of services to local schools and science-based industries, and, in so doing, not only trains sorely-needed professionals but also helps push back the frontiers of the desert while advancing those of science.
Faculty Website


In the sixth decade of its existence, Israel has positioned itself as a highly developed industrial country and a world leader in advanced technology and high-tech innovations. Clearly, Israel must train its new generation of qualified managers - managers who will be able to maintain and further develop the country's scientific and technological advantages by introducing highly sophisticated management strategies that will fully exploit its potential.

The growing demand for well-trained, competent, and creative managers prompted Ben-Gurion University to establish The Faculty of Management. Comprising five departments, The Faculty attracts large numbers of highly qualified applicants. Student selection is competitive, with only a small percentage of candidates being accepted each year. Approximately 2,500 students, mainly graduate students, are presently enrolled in the Faculty of Management.
  • The Department of Business Administration
  • The Department of Health Systems Management
  • The Department of Public Policy and Administration
  • The Department of Management
  • The Department of Hotel & Tourism Management

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