Deepen knowledge of internationally-recognized literary works and authors. Only program of its kind that includes Jewish literature and thought.

Bar-Ilan University offers a wide range of possibilities for pursuing an advanced degree in English Literature. This two-to-three-year program gives students a chance to expand their knowledge of British and American literature and literary theory, and develop high-level academic writing and research skills applicable to a variety of professions.

In addition to high-level courses in literary theory and advanced academic writing, students in the program can choose from a range of graduate seminars focused on literary topics from the classic to the contemporary.

Student Testimonial

“I quickly found amazing friends from all over the world, and Bar Ilan became my second home. I was very happy I chose to study English Literature as the lecturers were outstanding, and I felt myself growing and learning every day. It was just the right amount of challenge and fun. In addition, I was able to take fascinating courses in philosophy, art, politics, and religion in other departments.

“During the last semester of my BA, I was offered to work as a research assistant, and I didn’t even have to think twice. I decided to stay at Bar Ilan for my second degree, and I was given the opportunity to explore the subjects which I’m most interested in.”

Anne Marie, Poland

Application Requirements

  • BA or equivalent. (GPA 85 and above). Official transcripts must be submitted with application.
  • Personal resume/CV.
  • Separate list (including grades), in English, of all courses taken in literature.
  • Writing sample of an academic essay written in English – preferably on a topic related to literature.
  • Short (up to one page) statement of purpose explaining why the student wants to pursue a graduate degree in English.

Students who did not major in English literature or a related field in their previous degrees will be asked to take prerequisite courses. The number and nature of prerequisites (up to a full year) will be determined based on the student’s academic background.

Thesis Track

  • Two required departmental courses
  • Four graduate-level seminars
  • Two extended research papers
  • Graduate Thesis

Extended Studies Track (Without Thesis)

  • Two required departmental courses
  • Six graduate-level seminars
  • Three undergraduate electives
  • Three seminar papers

Sample List of Graduate Seminars

  • Reading the Serial Victorian Novel
  • Literature and Religion
  • Shakespeare and Gender
  • Cinderella Stories: Unequal Matches in the British Novel
  • Writing the Nation
  • Milton as a Creative Writer

During their degree, students are also required to take 1-2 Jewish Studies courses or 1-2 general elective courses.

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Ramat-Gan, Israel 5290002

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The School of Communication at Bar-Ilan University is one of the few academic institutions in the world to offer research and training in International Communications and Public Diplomacy. It aims to empower Israel’s future generation with the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate for Israel across the globe. As a part of the BA program, students are offered the opportunity to immerse themselves in workshops on how to effectively convey messages and build a positive public image for anyone from brands, to themselves. The workshops, offered in areas relating to New Media, Advertising, Public Relations and Broadcast Media, are instructed by individuals considered professionals in their fields.

Why Study Communication

Communication is all around us. We use it every day without even noticing; we maintain personal communications with our family and friends, we consume mass media, and we create and participate in social networks.

Communication studies are intended for those who want to influence and leave their mark on the world, who wish to take part in making tomorrow’s news — today. In order to accomplish that, one has to understand the media: Why is the same topic presently differently from one media outlet to another? What makes Google or Facebook so popular? Which medium is more influential – cinema, TV, radio, internet, or maybe the mobile phone? If you are interested in these questions – your place is with us.

Unparalleled Expertise

Bar-Ilan University has over 30 years of experience in teaching communication, and prides itself with hundreds of B.A. and M.A. graduates. The faculty members of the School of Communication and related units are internationally renowned researchers and lecturers, with extensive experience in all fields of communication: print press, TV, radio, advertising, marketing, public relations, spokesman ship and new media.

Ample Career Opportunities

Our graduates are sought after and well established in all fields of communications, both locally and globally. Many work in advertising or public relations offices, some in radio or TV stations, others in various websites, and a significant number in the press. Many of our graduates are media consultants in government or private offices, while others have chosen to pursue an academic research and teaching career.

During the third year of studies, our BA students can already participate in our internship program, in which they intern in different media organizations such as PR offices, news websites, government offices and others. Through the program, the students gain practical experience in the field and acquire important tools which will assist them in their future careers.

Program Overview

Program Type: Major (25 Credits)
Program Length:
 3 Years
Language of Instruction: English
Admission Requirements:

  • SAT: 1100
    Psychometric: 550
  • 3.5 High School GPA

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions