Thesis Option

Thesis Info

Note: some information will change during the year as faculty's thesis standardization process is decided 

In Short


  • Minimum GPA of 90 after the first semester, minimum grade of 80 in research methods course, final GPA over 90. 
  • Length: between 20,000-30,000 words (approximately 80-120 pages).
  • Cost and Timing: The tuition is $5,000- fall and spring semesters. There will be an extra fee of $500 per semester for students who need an extension.

Key dates and deadlines:

  • Confirmation of pursuit of thesis track: June 30th
  • Short research proposal (see below): June 30th
  • Confirmation of advisor: June 30th
  • Completion of thesis: after 2 semesters (June 30th of next year) or request an extension into the next academic year

*The rest of the deadlines will be determined along with your advisor


  1. Complete the Research Methodology course in the fall semester of the program;
  2. Choose an advisor;
  3. Begin research in the spring semester;
  4. In the first semester of the thesis, you are required to take a thesis workshop;
  5. Expected to complete thesis by the end of the next spring semester


The Process

After completing the Research Methodology course during the first semester of the program, a student may submit a master's thesis proposal to an advisor of the student's choice. Students must achieve a grade point average of at least 86 in their first semester and have at least 80 in the research methods course in order to be admitted to the thesis track. Students cannot drop below an 80 average in the rest of the program. Students who choose to complete a master's thesis will be required to enroll in a fourth semester. The cost of this semester is $5,000, and includes: library access, meetings and supervision under your adviser.


Thesis Advisors

Students must make a formal request in writing to the Conflict Resolution and Mediation Program administration at indicating the thesis advisor he/she would like to work with. The program will communicate with the advisor and return formal approval within 2 weeks of the receipt of the written request. Students may obtain informal permission from advisors beforehand, however, the student and advisor should not begin working together until formal approval has been granted.

Advisors may be selected from a list supplied by the program or from any professor at Tel Aviv University who is able to act as an advisor for an MA thesis. Additionally, if more than one advisor is required because of the unique multi-disciplinary nature of the research, this is possible on a case-by-case basis and decided by the program.

Advisors may require students to take courses related to their thesis topic.

Students are expected to attend a weekly Thesis Workshop course where students have an opportunity to discuss their thesis progress and challenges in the guidance of the program head. The meeting schedule will be determined at the beginning of the year.

Click here to see a list of potential thesis advisors


Outline for Thesis Proposal

A research proposal is required before the thesis project commences. The research proposal must be submitted to program for approval by your thesis advisor. Research proposals should not exceed 6 pages of text and 3 pages of bibliography. Proposals must be submitted on regular letter paper with margins of 2.5 cm on each side. The proposal must be divided into the sections specified below.


Required Sections:

  • Cover Page – Including student's name, advisor name and date.
  • Introduction (1 page) – introduce your research question and define how it will be researched. Define the time and location of your study. If you are writing a historical thesis, you should define a span of time.
  • Scholarly Discourse (2 pages) – recount the main scholarly discussions of the subject. What research approaches have been used to discuss the subject thus far, and who are the main contributors to these discussions? What are the limitations and strong points of the existing discourse on the subject and why?  Identify the gaps in the current discourse, and why have they not been treated thus far. Explain any theoretical or interpretive approaches relevant to your study.
  • Research Questions and Assumptions (1 page) – Present 2-4 research questions (formulated with question marks at the end). After each question, you should explain the importance of the question to the thesis, address any assumptions that stem forth from the premise you've asserted, and describe how answering this question will contribute to the overall discourse on the subject.
  • Hypothesis (1 page) – Write answers to the research questions posed in the previous section based upon the research you've conducted thus far.
  • References (1 page) – Briefly summarize major works that will be used in your thesis. Any special issues regarding source material should be discussed here.
  • Bibliography (3 pages)


Thesis Guidelines

Theses must be between 20,000-30,000 words (approximately between 80-120 pages), including bibliography.  Theses should be typed, double-spaced and printed on regular letterhead paper with 2.5 cm margins.


Thesis format is as follows:

  • Title Page - includes the title of the work, name of author, date of submission (month and year), and the name of the advisor. It should also have the following statement: “Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Public Policy, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University.”
  • Abstract - minimum of 250 words, maximum of 750 words, stating the major thesis of the work, its goals and the methodology employed. The abstract must be in English and in Hebrew. 
  • Table of contents - includes page references to all parts of the thesis, including bibliography.
  • Components of the Thesis - several chapters, including an introduction and conclusion. The chapters should preferably be divided into sub-sections as well, although this is left to the discretion of the author in consultation with her/his advisor. Sub-sections need not be listed in the table of contents.
  • Notes - every work must include the appropriate scholarly references and bibliography. Notes may be placed either at the bottom of the page (footnotes) or at the end of the work (endnotes). They are to be numbered continuously throughout each chapter.
  • Citations – use one standard format for citations. You may choose either Chicago Manual of Style, Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA) or Turabian. Be consistent.
  • Bibliography - should be formulated according to the same style chosen for notes.

Other considerations

  • Proofreading - you are responsible for proofreading the final copy of your work.
  • Foreign terminology - clearly mark (underline or italicize) all foreign terms employed in your thesis.
  • Transliteration - use one system of transliteration for terms in Arabic, Hebrew, or any other non-Latin language.


Submission Guidelines

Two hard-copies of the MA thesis must be submitted to the International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation office in Naftali 722 on the specified due date. An electronic version must be submitted as well in both .doc and .pdf formats only. 

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