About the department


The Department of Criminology at Bar-Ilan University was founded in 1961. The program was expanded in 1977 making it possible to study Criminology as either a major or a minor discipline towards a B.A. degree. Today the Department also offers an M.A program and a Doctoral (Ph.D.) program. Altogether there are currently more than 700 students studying Criminology at the University, 130 of whom are studying for an M.A. degree and 35 for a Ph.D.The department is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of lecturers from a diversity of fields: Criminology, Psychology, Sociology, Psychiatry and Law.



This program provides basic knowledge in the various branches of Criminology, incorporating all aspects of the behavioral sciences.


The department offers 4 M.A. programs. Candidates for the M.A. program must have a minimum average grade of 80% in their B.A. studies, produce two references, and undergo a personal interview. Only graduates of Psychology or Criminology (major) or Social-Work may apply to the Clinical track. Candidates for the Ph.D. program have 3 tracks open: (a) A straight doctorate suitable for outstanding students showing research potential, to be commenced immediately on completing the B.A.; (b) A combined M.A.-Ph.D. program, suitable for outstanding students showing research potential in their first year of study at the M.A level, who can move over to the Ph.D.; (c) A regular Ph.D. program, for students who have completed their M.A. with a minimal grade of 86%.   

Criminology Program:

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.

Theoretical Criminology 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, of 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 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 service, to become part of the 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 systems. The combination of mental problems and forensic aspects is the focus of the interest and activity of the clinical criminologist. The studies combine criminological, psychiatrical and psychological perspectives by training the student in subjects such as: clinical examination and diagnosis, psychopathology, treatment approaches, and forensic aspects. Studies include field work in hospitals, in clinics, and in various other treatment and rehabilitation institutions.

Rehabilitative Criminology Program:

Rehabilitative criminology is an interventional profession designed to encourage the rehabilitation of ex-offenders and drug addicts and to reduce risk behavior in adolescents and adults using the client’s personal and social resources. The rehabilitation track provides hands-on training for students together with acquiring knowledge in diverse research areas in criminology, while emphasizing systemic socio-therapeutic interventions and the ability to provide rehabilitation in the client’s natural environments. The professional mission of the rehabilitative criminologist is to assess, treat and rehabilitate ex-offenders and at-risk marginalized populations, with the goal of helping these individuals integrate back into society.

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