Master’s programs

Birzeit University was the first Palestinian higher education institution to offer a master’s program, the Master’s Program in Education, in the 1976/1977 academic year. Today, the university offers 32 master’s programs, which enroll more than 1500 students.

  • General Secondary Education Certificate Examination (Tawjihi) score equivalent to or higher than 65 percent.                                                    
  • Bachelor’s degree, from a university accredited by Birzeit University, in a field required by the program that the applicant wishes to enroll in. All applicants must have earned a “Good” academic standing. Applicants who have an “Acceptable” standing will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the university’s Academic Council based on recommendation by the relevant department, institute, or program committee.
  • Two sealed letters of recommendation by faculty members who taught the applicant or two supervisors who oversaw his or her work, or a letter from each.

Students who wish to pursue a master’s degree at Birzeit University must:

  1. Obtain an admissions form from the university’s Registration and Admissions Department (which costs 40 non-refundable Jordanian dinars). Payment can be made at the Finance Department at the university or to any of the following bank accounts:
  • The Arab Bank                                                            Account number: 651530-502     


  • The Bank of Palestine                                                             Account number: 232888-005
  1. The form is filled online using the provided username and password.

Note: Applicants must save the admissions form as it contains the username and password, which are used for the enrollment process.

  1. Applicants must hand-deliver the following documents to the Registration and Admissions Department:
  • One photo
  • Copy of personal ID
  • Certified copy of General Secondary Education Certificate Examination (Tawjihi) transcript. Please note that applicants with a score lower than 65 percent will not be accepted.
  • Copy of the applicant’s bachelor’s degree certified by the Palestinian Ministry of Education.
  • Copy of the applicant’s college transcript certified by the Palestinian Ministry of Education.
  • Two sealed recommendation letters.

Applicants transferring from other universities must provide an official copy of their transcripts with a course description of each. The maximum number of transferable credit hours is nine.

After the admission decisions are announced, some accepted application will be asked to sit for an English language proficiency exam. The results of the exam will determine which applicants need to enroll in a prerequisite English reading and comprehension course. Registration for the prerequisite course begins in the spring semester of the first academic year after enrollment.

The following programs require all applicants to take an English proficiency exam and    

register in the prerequisite course:

  • International Studies
  • Israeli Studeis
  • Democracy and Human Rights
  • Sociology
  • Contemporary Arab Studies
  • Gender and Development Studies
  • Community Psychology
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Applied Statistics and Data Science
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Business Administration
  • Community and Public Health
  • Community Psychology
  • Contemporary Arab Studies
  • Democracy and Human Rights
  • Economics
  • Education (with concentrations in science education, mathematics education, English education, educational administration, educational supervision, and special education)
  • Electrical Engineering, concentration in power engineering – this program is held jointly with the Palestine Polytechnic University, with students alternating each semester between the two universities.
  • Environmental Biology
  • Executive Business Administration
  • Gender and Development Studies
  • Governance and Local Government
  • Geography
  • Industrial Pharmaceutical Technology
  • International Studies
  • Israeli Studies
  • Law (with concentrations in public law and private law)
  • Law and Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Software Engineering
  • Water and Environmental Engineering


Note: Students accepted into the following programs – International Studies, Democracy and Human Rights, Sociology, Contemporary Arab Studies, Gender and Development Studies, Community Psychology, and Israeli Studies – must take an English proficiency exam to determine whether they need to register for an English prerequisite course. If such a need occurs, students will register for the course in the spring semester of the first academic year after enrollment.

The tuition fees for the master’s programs are 125 Jordanian dinars per each credit hour except the following programs:


  • The Israeli Studies, Industrial Pharmaceutical Technology, and Business Administration programs, which all cost 160 Jordanian dinars per credit hour.
  • The Executive Business Administration Program, which has an overall tuition cost of $15,000 USD, paid in two installments. These fees cover all the costs of the program for its two-year duration.