Candidates to all tracks of the M.A. program must have a minimum average grade of 85% in their B.A. studies, produce two references and undergo a personal interview. Only graduates of Psychology, Criminology (major) or Social-Work may apply to the Clinical program. Students who are not from these disciplines may be required to complete addtional studies with a average grade exceeding 84. Terms of admission to the Ph.D. program include a minimum grade of 86% in the M.A. degree, both in the thesis and in the courses. The M.A. thesis forms the basis for suitability for the Ph.D. program. The candidate must propose a field of research and undergo a personal interview.
The research track prepares the student to become a researcher in the various fields of Criminology. The focus is dual: To develop the theoretical foundation, while providing methodological tools. Intensive training in research will be provided on an individual basis, and the student will gain hands-on experience working with faculty in different areas of study. Students will be expected to continue on to the PhD. Program
The theoretical track provides the student with an overview of criminology, at an advanced level. Areas surveyed include personality profiling, victimology, ethnocriminology, police and society and social deviance. Students of various backgrounds (criminology, psychology, law, social work etc) will be able to complete their education at the M.A level in this program.
Clinical Criminology is a discipline which is recognized by the Ministry of Health. It has spread from the confines of the clinics of the prison services, to become part of various health and rehabilitation institutions. The main characteristic of Clinical Criminology is to be found in the connection between the mental health system, the legal system and penal and social rehabilitation system. The studies combine criminological, psychological and psychiatric perspectives by training the student in subject such as : clinical examination and diagnosis, psychopathology, treatment approaches, and forensic aspects. The studies include field work in hospitals, in clinics, and in various other treatment and rehabilitation institutions.
Studies combine applied Criminology with both basic and applied research, and reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the department. Students intending to continue on to the Ph.D. can specialize in such areas as personality profiling, eyewitness testimony, victimology, moral judgement, social deviance and forensic psychology. Students intending to work as criminologists in the field are trained in such subjects as: counselling, sociotherapy, intervention, working within the penal and social rehabilitation systems.