The B.A. program aims to acquaint students with the main philosophical problems, texts, and methods, of the past and present; cultivate students’ skills in reading texts, creating and evaluating arguments, reasoning reflectively and systematically, and expressing themselves clearly in writing and discussion; and provide a solid foundation for graduate study in philosophy, and help prepare for other professions that emphasize analytical thought and argument.
General Admission Requirements:
1. Complete Matriculation Certificate/ high school diploma or an equivalent recognized by the Israeli Ministry of Education or by the Registration Department.
2. Psychometric Entrance Examination/ SAT or ACT.
3. Knowledge of English– The level of English is determined within the framework of the Psychometric Entrance Examination, the English Placement Tests (AMIR /AMIRAM) or SAT, TOFEL, IELTS, ECRL tests.
The minimum level of English required for admission to the university is Basic (a score of at least 85). Certain departments require a higher level of English.
4. Knowledge of Hebrew – Applicants who took the Psychometric Entrance Examination in a language other than Hebrew and graduated from high schools where the language of instruction was not Hebrew, must prove satisfactory knowledge of Hebrew before the beginning of the academic year by passing a Hebrew Proficiency Test (YAEL/ YAELNET/ Hebrew classification test of the University of Haifa* ). The score required for admission to the University of Haifa is a score of at least 120 on the YAEL/ YAELNET/ Hebrew classification tests.
Applicants whose scores on the YAEL/ YAELNET/Hebrew classification tests range from 90-119 and their Psychometric score was at least 500 will be conditionally admitted and will have to pass the Hebrew Proficiency Test at the required score by the end of the first year of their studies. These students also have the option of studying a Hebrew literacy course within the framework of the University of Haifa preparatory program (Mechina) . Those who meet the course requirements and their final score in the course will be 85 and above will be exempt from the Hebrew condition.
Please note that certain departments require a higher level of Hebrew and that some departments do not approve admission with a Hebrew condition.
*The Hebrew classification test and Hebrew literacy course is valid at the University of Haifa only.
5.Departmental Entrance Examinations/Special admissions requirements– Certain departments require applicants to take a departmental Entrance Examinations and/or attend an interview or meet other departmental requirements.
For more information about the general admission requirements please read the supplement.
In addition to the general university admission requirements, the candidate must meet individual departmental admission requirements.
- A weighted grade of 560 is required for acceptance to the single / double major tracks in Philosophy or special admission requirements of the Faculty of Humanities.
- Applicants for the Mosaic Program—a combined degree in Philosophy and Psychology—must have a weighted grade of 680 + an interview is required.
- Interview for the single major track.
- Department requirements as specified on the department website
- Outstanding graduates of the University of Haifa’s pre-academic preparatory program will be accepted (for more information click here).
- For the calculator that rates the likelihood of your admission, click here.
Admission Requirements for Students who have a Matriculation Certificate** but have not taken the Psychometric Exam:
Applicants with a minimum average grade of 80 in their matriculation certificate will be accepted for the pre-undergraduate study track. In this track, candidates will be required to take two courses, and receive a minimum average grade of 70.
If they receive the required grades in the pre-undergraduate track courses, they will be accepted to the Bachelor of Arts studies the following semester. These courses will count towards their degree.
*The University reserves the right to change or amend the admission regulations, fees and tuition at any time without prior notification.
** Matriculation certificate = Israeli matriculation certificate or equivalent
- Students may combine their studies with the double major program of all departments, with the exeption of Medical sciences, Learning, instruction and teacher education, and Computer science.
- The Department offers two special programs for outstanding undergraduate students:
Mosaic Program—a unique program combining Philosophy and Psychology. For details see website.
Integrated Bachelor’s Degree Program in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics (PPE)- Single Course-For details see website
There are not many wanted ads saying “Philosophers wanted”. Keep in mind that undergraduate students commonly combine two majors, meaning that they can take a “practical” degree and also study philosophy, which provides interest, insight, and wisdom. Also, according to research in the U.S. and other countries (see departments’ website) philosophy students have a significant edge in employment and gain important tools that will serve whatever career they choose, as long as their job involves thinking.