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Guidelines for the evaluation of academic degrees
 
 

Guidelines for the evaluation of academic Bachelors' and Masters' degrees that were granted to graduates of institutions of higher education from overseas and to graduates of extensions of institutions of higher education from overseas in Israel, for the purpose of salary grading

 A. Introduction:

1. The Ministry of Education wishes to bring to the attention of the public the following general guidelines for the evaluation of academic degrees granted by institutions of higher education from overseas, and by extensions of institutions of higher education from overseas in Israel
2. The Evaluation of degrees by the Division for Evaluation of Foreign Academic Degrees at the Ministry of Education is undertaken according to these guidelines and in accordance with the international conventions and international guidelines relating to this matter, and in accordance with Israeli law, including the Council of Higher Education Law of 1958, and amendment no. 11 to this law, and at the discretion of the Division for Evaluation of Foreign Academic Degrees, on the authority of the Government, in its capacity as the public employer.
3.

The Evaluation of academic degrees from overseas in comparison to similar academic degrees granted in Israel is performed as part of the procedure for salary grading, according to the guidelines which are determined from time to time.

 

It is hereby clarified that the appropriate authorities, or any other body appointed by the authorities, are permitted to insist upon tests and/or requirements and/or conditions, beyond those mentioned in this document, for the purpose of evaluating a foreign academic degree in comparison with the academic degrees granted in Israel for the purpose of salary grading, depending on the different to circumstances and professional considerations applicable.

4. These Guidelines do not impede upon the rights of employers within the commission of civil servants, or in any other public service who wish to utilize this evaluation in order to decide upon additional conditions, instructions and regulations, within the framework of their own considerations regarding salary grading.
5. These Guidelines, to the extent that they differ from the Guidelines previously published, apply to students who began their studies after the publication of these Guidelines. Students who began their studies before this publication will be subject to the Guidelines for Evaluation of Degrees published on July 5, 1998.

 

B. General:

1. The main compulsory requirement for evaluating an academic degree of graduates of institutions of higher education from overseas, and by extensions of institutions of higher education from overseas in Israel is the recognition/accreditation of the institution by the appropriate authorities in the country concerned, in accordance with the guidelines set by international conventions
2. For the purpose of evaluating academic degrees granted by the above-mentioned extensions, these extensions must hold a license, a temporary license or a conditional license from the Council of Higher Education at the time of registration and at completion of the study program, in accordance with the Council of Higher Education Law of 1958 and the amendment to it. It is recommended that, before registering for a study program, students verify with the Council of Higher Education whether the extension has the said license.
3. The list of extensions who received the above-mentioned license will be published from time to time by the Council of Higher Education. Applicants are advised to contact the Council of Higher Education and verify that the extension is in possession of the said license prior to registration.
4. Students whose degrees have been assessed for the purpose of salary grading and not found equivalent according to these guidelines will be able to complete their studies at the same institution which granted their degree (without receiving an additional degree), and submit a new request for degree evaluation, within one year of receiving the first notice that the degree was not equivalent.
5. Evaluation of a Bachelor's degree for the purpose of salary grading:
  A. Applicants for the evaluation of a Bachelor's degree for the purpose of salary grading will be required to provide evidence of having either an Israeli matriculation certificate or a matriculation certificate granted abroad, as customary in the country in which high school studies were completed, at the time of acceptance to the study program.
  B.

The duration and scope of the study program for a Bachelor's degree will not be less, or will be only slightly less than the duration and scope of the studies for an identical or similar degree at recognized Israeli institutions of higher education, and in any event not less than three years of academic study - six full semesters.
For this purpose, a full semester means approximately 20 academic credit points, i.e., 20 semester hours (as defined within the Israeli higher education system). This is so, except for cases in which a license given by the Council of Higher Education is based on credit systems used for the existing study programs taught at the institution (extension).


The following table presents an approximation of the duration and scope of studies for Bachelor's degrees, in various fields of study:




Minimum scope

Minimum duration
Bachelor's degree (B.A.) in Humanities, Education and Social Sciences 120 credits, 120 semester hours 6 semesters
Bachelor's degree (B.Ed.) in Teaching 110 Credit, 110 semester hours 8 semesters
Supplement for a senior certified teacher towards a Bachelor's degree (B.Ed.) in Teaching 64 credits, 64 semester hours 3 semesters
Bachelor's degree (B.Sc.) in the Natural Sciences 120 credits, 120 semester hours 6 semesters
Bachelor's degree (B.Sc.) in Engineering 150-170 credits, 170-210 semester hours 8 semesters
Bachelors degree (B.Tech.) in Applied Engineering 160 credits,160 semester hours 8 semesters
Practical Engineers - Supplement towards a Bachelors degree (B.Tech.) in Applied Engineering 100 credits, 100 semester hours 5 semesters
Bachelor degree (LL.B) in Law 140 credits, 140 semester hours 7 semesters
Bachelor degree in Nursing 123 credits, 300 semester hours 8 semesters
Registered Nurses - Supplement for Bachelor degree in Nursing 84 credits, 84 semester hours 4 semesters

  C. The following documents should be attached to a request for evaluation of a Bachelor's degree:
    1. A matriculation certificate from Israel or one given abroad.
    2. A certificate from the parent institution abroad, attesting to the receipt of an academic degree.
    3. A detailed study transcript from the parent institution abroad, including the following details:
     
  • Date of registration, start date and completion date of the study program.
     
  • List of courses/modules studied, with course/module titles.
     
  • Number of frontal, class contact or other hours studied in each course/module, and other details that are in use at the parent institution.
     
  • Number of academic credits granted for each course/module.
     
  • Detailed list of all previous courses/modules and studies recognized by the parent institution, and for which transfer credits were granted.
     
  • Location where studies took place (exact address).
    4. Certificates or official documents attesting to previous studies, for which transfer credits were granted.
  D. Within the framework for the examination of the scope of studies, the following rules will be used for evaluating previous studies:
    1. Academic courses/modules studied at an institution of higher education recognized by the Law of the Council of Higher Education or an institution recognized as stated in section B(1) which grants credits and in which the student enrolled there received at least a pass grade will be considered for academic credits towards completion of a Bachelor's degree.
However, previous studies will not be recognized if it has become apparent that they were within a field that is not related to the subject of the degree studies.
    2. Applicants with 10 years professional experience, who completed professional courses/modules that are not academic and who have certificates and official documents attesting to this, can receive credits equal to no more than one full semester towards the award of a Bachelor's degree.
However, previous studies will not be recognized if it has become apparent that they were within a field that is not related to the subject of the degree studies.
    3. Three years of study at an authorized teacher training college leading to the award of a senior teacher's certificate. Holders of such certificates can complete their studies for a Bachelor's degree in Teaching (B.Ed.) by undertaking studies of at least 3 full academic semesters, 64 academic credits, which are 64 academic hours.
    4. Three years of study at a Nursing School, leading to the award of an authorized nursing certificate. Holders of such certificates can complete their studies for a Bachelor's degree in nursing by undertaking studies of at least 4 full academic semesters, 84 academic credit points, which are 84 semester hours.
    5. Two years of study at an official institution for practical engineers leading to the award of a Practical Engineering certificate at the conclusion of studies. Holders of the aforementioned degree can complete their studies for a Bachelor's degree (B.Tech.), by undertaking studies of at least 5 semesters: a supplementary semester plus 4 semesters, 100 credit points, which are 100 semester hours.
    6. Evaluation of a Master's degree for the purpose of salary grading:
      A. A compulsory requirement for the evaluation of a Master's degree for the purpose of salary grading is that the applicant possess a Bachelor's degree recognized according to the Council of Higher Education Law, or according to these Guidelines at the time of admission to a study program, except for systems of higher education in which undergraduate studies continue for at least 5 years and which grant a first academic degree upon completion.
For this purpose, the graduate should present to the Division for Evaluation of Foreign Academic Degrees a certificate of eligibility for a Bachelor's degree from a recognized Israeli institution of higher education, or a certificate of evaluation of an academic degree from overseas.
      B.

The duration and scope of studies for a Master's degree will not be less, or will be only slightly less, than the duration and scope of studies for an identical or similar degree at a recognized Israeli institution of higher education.


The following table presents an approximation of the duration and scope of studies for Master's degrees, in various fields of study:



Minimum Scope
Master's degree (M.A.) in Social Sciences:
With a thesis/dissertation:

Without a thesis/dissertation:

45-48 credits, 44-48 semester hours
45-55 credits, 45-55 semester hours
Master's degree (M.A.) in Humanities:
With a thesis/dissertation:

Without a thesis/dissertation:

36-40 credits, 40-44 semester hours
40-44 credits, 48-52 semester hours
Master's degree (M.A.) in Education:
With a thesis/dissertation:

Without a thesis/dissertation:

36-40 credits, 44-52 semester hours
44-52 credits, 48-52 semester hours
Masters degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.):
With a thesis/dissertation:

Without a thesis/dissertation:


42 credits, 42 semester hours
48-56 credits, 48-56 semester hours
Masters degree (M.Sc.) in Natural Sciences without a thesis/dissertation: 33 credits, 33 semester hours
Masters degree (M.Sc.) in Engineering without a thesis/dissertation: 36 credits, 56 semester hours + final project
Masters degree (LL.M) in Law: 32 credits, 32 semester hours

      C. The following documents should be attached to a request for evaluation of a Master's degree:
        1. A certificate from the parent institution abroad, attesting to the receipt of an academic degree.
        2.

A detailed study transcript from the parent institution abroad, including the following details:

  • Date of registration, start date and completion date of the study program.
  • List of courses/modules studied, with course/modules titles.
  • Number of frontal, class contact or other hours required for each course/module, and other details that are in use at the parent institution.
  • Number of academic credits granted for each course/module.
  • Detailed list of all previous courses/modules and studies recognized by the parent institution, and for which transfer credits were granted.
  • Location where studies took place (exact address).
      D. It is hereby clarified that section 5D of these Guidelines, relating to recognition of previous studies, will not be applicable in the context of a Master's degree.

 
 
 
 
 
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