If you are working in the public sector, including government offices, hospitals, etc., you must have your Ph.D recognized by Misrad HaChinuch.

In the public sector, recognition of your Ph.D will affect both your rank and salary. If you’re working for a private organization or a post-doc, you will not need to have your degree recognized at all.

The process for BA and MA recognition is significantly shorter. Therefore, if you are working in a public office and have NOT had your Ph.D recognized, you can submit a request to Misrad HaChinuch to have your BA and MA recognized and be paid accordingly, while waiting for your Ph.D approval.

Each degree requires a separate process of recognition. If your PhD has been recognized, you will still need to obtain recognition for your BA and MA degrees.

Necessary Documentation

The process of Ph.D recognition involves meeting with a panel of experts, consisting of two veteran Israeli academics who are experienced in reviewing doctoral dissertations in Israel and are experts in the applicant’s field of study. An invitation to meet with the panel will be sent to you after all the documents have been submitted. After the meeting, the panel will send its recommendation to the Foreign Degree Evaluation Branch.

You will be asked to submit the following documents:

  1. Application form for degree evaluation (available on the website)
  2. Diploma (original and a copy). If the diploma was not given yet, bring the certificate of eligibility (original and a copy).
  3. BA and MA diploma from an Israeli university (original and copy). If the BA or MA was from a foreign university you must bring all the documents for evaluation of the BA or MA.
  4. Official grade transcript including credits (original and a copy)
  5. Documentation of entrance exams for doctoral studies, or a detailed explanation from the institution regarding acceptance standards and date studies began (original and copy).
  6. Protocol of thesis defense (original and copy).
  7. Official document from the institution detailing the names and positions of the evaluating panel (original and copy).
  8. Documents regarding oral or written exams relating to the thesis (original and copy).
  9. For Israelis who studied abroad: Authorization from the Ministry of the Interior to leave for study abroad (original and copy).
  10. Documents regarding name changes of the applicant (original and copy).
  11. ID (תעודת זהות) (original and copy).
  12. Questionnaire regarding the doctorate and declaration, signed by a lawyer (original only) found on the website.
  13. One copy of the doctoral thesis.

If the thesis is not written in Hebrew, English or Arabic a detailed abstract in one of these languages must be submitted. This will be sent to the panel of experts who will decide if it is enough or if more sections must be translated and submitted. A bibliography in one of these languages must be submitted. Any translations must be accompanied by a signed affidavit that the translation is accurate and does not reflect anything added to the original.

Any additional documentation that may support recognition of the doctorate may be submitted, such as articles and publications.

A notarized translation into Hebrew or English is needed for any documents that are not in Hebrew, English or Russian.

Review Committee

After you submit all of the requested documentation, your Ph.D dissertation will be reviewed by a review committee of two or three experts in your doctoral field. (This may be an independent committee that is outsourced by Misrad HaChinuch.) The committee will invite you for a personal interview to determine the extent and quality of the work. Be prepared! The committee will ask you questions about your dissertation.

Office Locations for the Ministry of Education
Department of Evaluation of Foreign Academic Degrees and Diplomas

Jerusalem Branch:
22 Kanfei Nesharim St.
Room 4, Tel: 02-560-2863. Hours: Monday and Wednesday: 10-1 PM

Tel Aviv Branch:
Yad Eliahu building, 2 Hashalosha St. (near the Eliyahu Stadium), 6th Floor, Ramat Gan. Tel: 03 689 6126. Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, between 8:30 am and 2:00 pm.

Haifa Branch:
15 Palyam St. Tel: 04 863 2566. Hours: Sunday through Wednesday between 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

Beer Sheva Branch:
Kiryat Hamemshalah building, 4 Rechov Hatikvah, 1st Floor, room 1808, Tel: 08-626 3255. Hours: Sunday through Wednesday 8:00 am to 11:30 am.