International program in mediation and conflict resolution at Tel-Aviv University - MA in public policy
On the negotiation table
Israel has known various conflicts through the years, from security threats to internal strife. As a result there are many Israeli experts and researchers that specialize in the field of mediation and conflict resolution. Mediation is an important tool not only in the political arena, but also in fields such as business firms and humanitarian organizations.
Tel-Aviv University offers an international program in conflict resolution and mediation as part of the MA in public policy. This track is designed to give its students practical tools and negotiation strategies in the international area. Alumni from this program may take a variety of career paths in many sectors, such as government organizations, human rights activity, politics, think - tanks and for profit organizations such as banks and consulting firms.
This interdisciplinary program allows students to discuss a wide variety of conflict resolution techniques. They view several fields and aspects of mediation, such as political science, international law, negotiations and anthropology. In addition, they analyze contemporary aspects of conflict resolution in Israel and the Middle East.
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Duration and structure
This program spans around 10 months. The track is taught in English. Students that are interested in writing a thesis may do so after completing their MA duties. The program includes theoretical courses and electives, seminars, workshops and Hebrew language courses. It also offers opportunities for internships.
History of the Middle East
Dispute resolution and international law
Ethnic conflicts and nationalism
Israeli society and politics
Cooperation and environment in the Middle East
Political approach to conflict
Game theory in conflict resolution
This program is open to students from various professional and academic backgrounds. Applicants must present a bachelor's or master's degree with a GPA of 3.0 and above or an average higher than 80. Those with a GPA between 2.0 - 2.9 or an average of 70 - 80 may be considered after special permission from the faculty committee. Several years of professional experience can be an advantage.
The University accepts candidates from a variety of academic backgrounds, such as cultural studies, history studies, Law studies, sociology studies, economics studies or business studies. Applicants are required to hand in a resume, 2 recommendation letters, a personal essay and their result in an English proficiency exam (IELTS or TOEFL).
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An International MA in public policy is given to students that successfully complete this program. They are also presented with a certificate issued by the Tel-Aviv University after completing the international mediation workshop.