Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Acceptance to all Master’s programs is subject to the Technion’s graduate School Regulations and the guidelines held by the faculty of Biotechnology and food engineering.

These guidelines can change from time to time. In recent years an average grade point average of at least 84 in an undergraduate degree is required.

For the ME program an average of at least 75 is required. Undergraduates from a tri-yearly program will be required to take supplemental courses which will be determined by the faculty’s acceptance committee for graduate studies.

The Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering offers several study tracks for a master’s degree that grant the following degrees:

Master’s Degree Studies

“Master’s in Science in Biotechnology and Food Engineering”

This degree is intended for candidates who completed a four year Bachelor’s degree with satisfactory grades and fulfill the Technion’s general requirements for graduate studies. Acceptance is subject to an interview in which the candidate’s level of knowledge will be assessed. In addition, the committee for advanced degrees reserves the right to take the candidate’s ranking into account.
Study Requirements
Candidates for the MSc thesis program must find a faculty member to serve as their Advisor. The Advisor will define the research and determine which courses should be taken. It is highly recommended that the candidate find an advisor as early as possible.
The program consists of;

  • – 37 credits – 17 academic credits and a research practicum worth 20 credits.
  •  Exams in both Hebrew and English in accordance with the Technion’s Graduate school requirements as described in the letter of acceptance.
  • An Ethics exam.
  • Giving a Seminary lecture at a date yet to be determined in the Technion newsletter.
  • Submitting a thesis on research or on an extensive engineering project.
  • Defending the thesis to the examination committee.

“Master’s in Science in Biotechnology and Food Engineering (ME without a thesis)”

The ME degree is based on academic credits and doesn’t include a thesis.

The program is intended for external students with a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4 year program. Acceptance to this program will be determined by the faculty committee for advanced degrees.

Continuation of studies to a Doctorate program is very rare, but may be possible after the completion of “exploratory research” and after deliberation by the faculty’s committee for advanced degrees.


  • The program consists of 40 credits (at least), which include an advanced seminar in food engineering worth 5 credits.
  • Exams in both Hebrew and English in accordance with the Technion’s Graduate school requirements as described in the letter of acceptance.
  • Mandatory and optional courses (updated on a yearly basis in the faculty catalog).

Receiving the degree
In order to be awarded a Master’s degree the student must fulfill all the faculty requirements and all of the Technion’s graduate School Regulations.

Doctoral Degree Studies

Studies for “Doctor of philosophy” (PhD) are intended for applicants with an MSc degree from an accredited academic institute, with proven achievements in their previous studies and areas of research which will be reviewed if the need arises.

Direct  Track towards PhD Degree
Master’s degree students, who excel in both their studies and research may be appointed PhD candidate status in accordance to recommendations from the faculty committee for advanced degrees.

Special Track towards the PhD
This track is designed for excelling students which have completed their BSc. The admission procedure is as described in the Technion’s Graduate School Regulations catalog (clause 32.09 and 34.02). Acceptance to this track is on the condition that the student has found an advisor and defined their area of research prior to applying.

Admission Requirements
In addition to academic achievements (BSc with a GPA of at least 90), the candidate must have demonstrated capability for conducting independent research. The Committee will review the candidate’s achievements and determine whether they will be accepted and under which conditions.

Study Requirements

  • Compliance with the Acceptance Committee’s particular conditions (if there were any).
  • A study program consisting of at least 6 academic graduate credit points (the direct track requires 23 graduate credit points and the special track requires 25 graduate credit points)
  • Submitting a research proposal and having it approved by the examining committee.
  • Giving a Seminary lecture at a date yet to be determined in the Technion’s newsletter.
  • Submitting a thesis and defending it successfully to the examining committee.
  •  Meeting language requirements in accordance with the Technion’s Graduate School Regulations.

Additional information:
Office of Graduate Studies in Biotechnology and Food Engineering:
Phone: +972-4-8293070.