Degree programs

Undergraduate Degree Programs

B.S.c in Information Systems Management

In the Information Age in which we now live, information systems management has become one of the most sought after and rewarding professions, for both employees and business owners alike. Information technology has permeated all aspects of modern life across a wide variety of platforms, from systems that support businesses and organizations to apps for personal use and from computing and storage services, such as Amazon and Google, to personal computers and smart phones. Work in the field of information technology requires multifaceted skills: broad-range knowledge of technological fields, methodologies for developing technologies and information systems, and administration and management. Also integral to today’s market place are skills relating to entrepreneurship and innovation.

About the Program
The program was constructed to meet the growing demand for human resources training in information systems technologies. Graduates of the program will find easy entry into the labor force as entrepreneurs, employees in information systems companies, and information systems administrators in organizations.

Software Technologies Track
Graduates of this track will be able to take their place in the software industry in Israel and abroad. The program includes knowledge development in languages such as RJAVA and PYTHON, as well as internet technologies, communications, databases and algorithms, distributed systems, systems architecture, user interface design, cyber security, and quality assurance software.\

Science Data Track
Intended to train professionals able to develop and implement systems based on data analysis, graduates of this track will be familiar with all aspects of work with data, from data gathering methodologies, data visualization, statistical and algorithmic data analysis, machine learning and deep learning. In their third year the students are expected to produce a significant project that includes the development of software for real time data analysis for the financial or research sectors.

B.A. in Economics and Business Administration

YVC offers a B.A. in economics and business administration along four tracks: data analysis, finance, accounting, and logistics.

DATA Analyst
Created in response to needs arising from the market, this track has a unique focus on data management and analysis for businesses, with an emphasis on practical experience working with large-scale data programs. Tools acquired include: SQL, R, ERP, PYTHON, Tableau, Power BI/

Finance (with an option to qualify for a certificate in financial consulting)
This track equips students for positions in the field of finance, such as financial administration, budget, financial systems analysis, investment, and so on. Graduates can sit for the exams of the ISA to qualify as financial advisors, investment consultants, and portfolio managers.

This track trains students in the field of economics and accountancy. Graduates of the program are exempt from 13 of the 15 exams required to qualify as accountants in Israel, and receive additional support to prepare for the remaining two exams, within a total of 3.5 rather than 4 years. Students can begin practical internships immediately after graduation and then take the final two qualifying exams.

This track is intended to provide a specialization in logistics for economists and administrators looking to manage complex logistical systems in factories, international corporations, and trading companies. The track also includes courses in logistics, procurement, and operations management.

B.A. in Communications

The department offers a rigorous course of academic studies alongside a rich program of practical experience in the fields of media, marketing, and digital. The program takes place in YVC’s cutting edge communications center, complete with television and radio studios, editing rooms, and computerized classrooms. Students in the program operate a radio station – FM 106 Kol Yizrael, and produce an online television program. They also organize Shover Masach, Israel’s largest annual communications festival. As part of the program, students undertake internships at various companies and organizations.
There are two tracks available.

Marketing and Communication
This track trains students to assume roles in the world of marketing, advertising, and public relations. Students learn how to build marketing campaigns, aspects of branding and promotion, and customer experience and behavior, as well as copywriting and press releases. Graduates are able to easily find positions as spokespeople, communication consultants, product managers, media managers, and so on.

Content Managers
This track focuses on the creation, production, distribution, and management of content across a broad range of analogue and digital platforms, including social media, online journalism, and other forms of digital content. They receive hands-on training in the management of studios (including film, direction, editing, and production) and work with programs such as Photoshop, Premier, and After Affect. Graduates of this track work as content managers, social media managers, campaign managers, news editors and writers, and editors and producers.

B.A. in Human Resource Management

The program trains students for a career in human resource management in organizations in general and service-oriented organizations in particular. Graduates find work in the fields of human resource management and employee development as well as the management and development of advanced service processes in service oriented organizations whether in the business, public, or civil service sectors. The program focuses on understanding the processes and skills required in human resource management and those necessary to manage the wide-scale provision of services to customers and populations.

Human Resource Management Track
In the modern work force there is a growing understanding that an organization’s employees are key to its success, thus transforming human resource management into a strategically central component in the structure of any organization. Graduates of the program find employment in the human resource division of companies and organizations, as well as in companies specializing in assessment and placement of potential employees, employee development, and organizational consulting. The program is recognized by and receives qualification from the Organization for Management, Development, and Research on Human Resources in Israel.

Nonprofit Management
This program trains staff, administrators, and leaders in the field of not-for-profit, as well as provides skills and knowledge to plan and implement social initiatives. This undergraduate program is currently the only one of its kind in Israel. Graduates go on to hold key positions in nonprofit organizations in the fields of education, health, the environment, local government, and more.

Direct Graduate Degree Program
Outstanding students in their second year of the program can apply to the direct track to a graduate degree in organizational development and consulting program, and receive both a B.A. and an M.A. after only four years.

B.S.W. in Social Work

The program provides the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to become a social worker in Israel, and develops a sense of professional identity including the values and approaches of the profession and the affinity between the changing demands of the client and those of the decision makers. The program emphasizes the development of the role of the social worker in all its variety, and provides familiarity with both accepted and innovative intervention approaches, as well as the implementation of community based thinking, determining and designing policy, and navigating the gap between the demands of policy and a sensitivity to the needs of the individual and the community.

Program Structure

  • Basic theories in human behavior and social sciences
  • Social welfare, law, policy, and services
  • Research in the field of social work including statistical analysis, scientific writing, and use of databases
  • Theories of intervention in social work, including practical experience in the field

Social issues and professional enrichment – offered in the third year of studies these intensive learning segments expose students to central issues facing the social worker in Israel with regards to the individual, the family, the community, society, and policy. Options include: community, family, and ageing

B.A. in Behavioral Sciences

This multifaceted program, covering central topics in psychology, education, sociology, anthropology, and criminology, provides students with the necessary theoretical and applied knowledge in the field of behavioral sciences and prepares students for a graduate degree in the related fields of consulting, treatment, and more. There are currently three tracks being offered.

Medicinal Cannabis
The purpose of the program is to train graduates in the new professions arising out the field of medicinal cannabis around three major focus areas: medicine and pharmacology; growing and manufacturing; law and economics. The program also includes courses in psychology and criminology.

Graduates are trained in the care of special populations, such as the elderly and people with disabilities, and sensitized to the unique personal and social challenges faced by these populations.

First Responders
Graduates are trained to serve as first responders to situations of trauma, stress, and crisis (such as death, disease, divorce, retirement, or even leaving the parental home). The program sharpens sensitivity towards those who are currently experiencing or learning to cope with such situations.

B.A. in Psychology

This enriching program offers ongoing individual attention with rigorous academic and professional challenges and a course of study that is both enriching and exciting, including guest lecturers, case studies, a forum for discussions on professional topics with experts in the field, and more. Uniquely, the program also provides students in their final year with additional support navigating the application process for graduate programs in the field, something that has become increasingly competitive and crucial to a career in the profession.

Students are required to take an additional major, such as education, criminology, sociology and anthropology, or political science.\

B.A. in Education

This enriching program equips students to find their place in the field of education in today’s world. Including courses in psychology, sociology, philosophy, and working with children, the program also combines different theories of education with practical experience in the field, including experience with the growing field of online learning and other technologically oriented approaches. Particular attention is paid to the unique attributes of the various population groups, such as toddlers, nursery school, special education, work with youth at risk, and cultural sensitivity.

Special Education and Educational Guidance Track
This track is for those students interested in going on to a graduate degree in educational counseling, as well as those interested in the unique aspects of working with children with special needs and learning disabilities. It also offers basic skills in group dynamics and one-on-one interviewing.

Early Childhood Track
This track focuses on the unique needs of very young children, from birth to age three. Globally, and in Israel, there has been increasing focus on training educational staff to work with this cohort. Students in this track will learn about the development of young children and receive knowledge on cutting edge strategies with regards to nutrition, sleep, intellectual development, and more.

Youth-at-Risk Track
The track is for students interested in working in the community and in the field of informal education. Students are trained to work with various populations of children and youth at risk, including children in rehabilitation institutes or who have been placed in boarding schools.

B.A. in Criminology

Studies in this field are designed to give broad ranging and in-depth knowledge on crime and criminal behavior, as well as strategies of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of offenders and populations at risk, in prison and in the community. During the course of the degree students visit a prison, a community-based drug rehabilitation center and a courtroom, and hear lectures by representatives of the police and other professionals in the field.

Youth-at-Risk Track
The goal of this track is to expose students to the significant educational work being carried out with youth in risk situations. It provides knowledge in the fields of special education, risk situations, at-risk populations, familiarity with relevant law and the various frameworks that care for this population. This track is open to those doing a double major in criminology and education.

Addiction Studies
Addictions are a type of pathological behavior as a result of which the individual enacts the same behavior over and over again despite the fact that it causes them harm. The individual struggles to gain control over this behavior, and attempts to stop it result in profound distress. Addictive behavior can be expressed in a variety of ways – from an addiction to shopping, video games, or one’s smart phone, to an addiction to gambling, drugs, alcohol, and so on. Students in this track learn about the various addictions and methodologies for coping with them as well as frameworks available that provide care to the addicted. This track is not available for those doing a double major in criminology and education.

B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology

Success in today’s world requires knowledge of how societies and organizations function and change, as well as the development of managerial skills within a multicultural environment situated in a global reality. With its focus on organizational and management skills, social and organizational change leadership, familiarity with various aspects of society: cultures, gender, family, the program combines both theoretical and experiential learning.

Students in this field are required to take a second major in psychology, criminology, education, political science, or interdisciplinary social sciences. There are three main focus areas:

Organization and Management Studies
Preparing students for a graduate degree in organizational development and consulting, this track combines a focus on sociology – organizational structure; and anthropology – organizational culture. It gives students the tools to identify central processes in an organization, and basic skills in the fields of assessment and organizational development. Courses studied include human resource management, organizational culture and politics, inter-personal communications, negotiation, and more. Students in this track can qualify for a direct graduate degree program, and receive a B.A. in sociology and anthropology and an M.A. in organizational development and consulting in just four years.

Leading and Managing Social Change
Courses include social leadership, social activism, partnership building and development, community building, negotiation and mediation in the community, and more.

Social and Cultural Studies
This track provides students with knowledge and skills in the fields of culture, characteristics of Israeli society, digital culture, gender, family, and so on.

B.A. in Political Science

The program provides an in-depth understanding of and critical and strategic thinking on international processes of diplomacy, economics, and communication in the global arena. It also provides applicable skills to dealing with the social, economic, and political challenges faced by decision and policy makers in the public sector. There are three tracks available.
Governance, International Relations, and Cyber
Offering courses on diplomatic processes, and the forces operating today on the local, national, and international scene, the program focuses on the resilience of Israel, decision-making processes, and foreign relations, and shows how these events impact daily life in the country and the region.

Political Communication Studies
Expressing the importance of the connection between politics and the media, this track focuses on issues such as the impact of mass culture on the new political culture, the mutual dependency between politics and the media on the international and local stage, the evolving role of new and old media in politics, and so on. In the framework of the program students meet with leading figures in the world of political reporting, who discuss their work and experiences.

Digital Government Management and Auditing
This unique track focuses on internal audit management and digital governance, and provides theoretical knowledge and practical tools that will enable students to find employment in these increasingly in-demand fields; fields that have risen to prominence following the Covid-19 crisis.

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

In the multicultural reality of the 21st century a broad knowledge of the social sciences is a plus. The program is intended for those who possess a wide range of interests. The program is modular, and consists of four to five focus areas, the nature of which can change periodically. The current offerings include: Israeli culture and the nations, cyber, criminology, education, and visual communication.

B.A. in Health Systems Management

This degree combines an in-depth focus on systems management with an understanding of health systems in Israel and across the world. It also provides students with the tools to develop professional managerial skills geared to the challenges of Israel’s health system, including an emphasis on data-based management and analytical thinking. Management courses include logistics, monitoring and control, interpersonal communication, human resources management, team development, and more. Health system courses include familiarity with the structure of the health system, health care laws, and ethical dilemmas in medicine, as well as epidemiology, medical technologies, and more.

B.A. in Nursing

This flagship program is among the most highly regarded in Israel’s north. Students are taught to develop a rigorous standard of critical clinical thinking, values, and social responsibility. Graduates of the program are able to function optimally in the complex and dynamic environment of Israel’s health system, and are committed to fulfilling their professional potential with regards to continuous improvement in the quality of care they provide.

Clinical Training
From the second year on, students are required to complete clinical training hours. By the third and fourth years this amounts to three days a week in clinical settings such as hospitals, community clinics, and so on, where theyu gain diverse experience working on wards such as surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, emergency medicine, and so on. YVC places students in hospitals and other clinical frameworks throughout the country.

Simulation Center
This state-of-the-art simulation center provides students with hands-on experience in a real-life setting. The center enables students to practice their physical skills, clinical thinking, decision making, and the handling of ethical dilemmas, under the guidance of senior nurses in a safe setting.

Goren School of Visual Arts

The Goren School of Visual Arts, located in the Yezreel Valley College has for twenty years been training designers who have been at the forefront of the visual, cultural, and social world in which we live.

The program provides training in such areas as branding and image, app and web design, packaging design, typography, interactive and user experience design, stills photography, studio photography, magazine illustration, animation, and graphic programs.

UI/UX Track
Students can opt to specialize in designing user experiences via UI/UX, which prepares graduates to succeed in this dynamic and creative field.

The program is a joint program, and students are required to study interdisciplinary social sciences. Graduates of the program receive a B.A. in interdisciplinary social sciences and a graphic design certificate.

The Center for Academic Preparation

This program is geared towards students who are underqualified and unable to be accepted into academia, or who would like to improve their current scores. It serves as a “second chance” for those who, for whatever reason, underperformed in or never completed high school, and opens a path for them to higher education.
The program emphasizes personal attention, including ongoing meetings with a counselor to assist in coping with emotional and learning difficulties; counselors for the program work with the teaching staff to find the right teaching approach for each student. In addition the program offers group workshops to help students prepare for exams, as well as assistance coping with exam-related anxiety, it also provides additional classes to improve language skills.


Graduate Degree Programs

M.A. in Organizational Development and Consulting

The program is interdisciplinary and includes a variety of approaches from the different fields of social science (such as behavioral science, sociology and anthropology, psychology, business administration, human resources management, and more). It combines theoretical thinking with the development of applied skills in the fields of processes of change and organizational development. The approach is systems-based, and takes into account both the organizational system and the community and ecosystem of which it is a part.

Two tracks are available: a non-thesis track that emphasizes applied knowledge via practical experience, and a thesis track with a greater emphasis on research. Graduates of the latter track are able to continue on to pursue doctoral studies.

Practical Experience
As part of their degree, students gain practical experience working in organizations in the vicinity of the college. Each student is overseen by a member of the professional and academic staff, and the goal is for each student to implement a process of change and development within the organization.

M.A. in Nursing

Health systems in Israel and throughout the world are constantly changing as a result of globalization, technological advancements, and economic and social developments. Nurses with advanced clinical and managerial leadership skills are crucial to providing the highest quality of care within Israel’s hospitals and community health services, particularly care that is also adapted to the unique needs of the various populations.

Offering qualified nurses a path to advancement in their profession, the program seeks to develop leadership skills among nurses on the front lines of direct care for patients in the healthcare system. Students are taught to have a system-wide approach and to work with health care teams to lead change and improve patient care.

M.A. in Health Systems Administration

Numerous factors have of late contributed to significant challenges to the health care system in Israel. These include the increase in life expectancy; technological advancements, including the growing reliance on sophisticated machinery, which in itself has had a profound impact on treatment on the one hand and staffing needs on the other; a greater use of databases and a need to make these accessible to patients, clients, and managers of health organizations; a growing emphasis on patient rights in legislation and in practice; and the increasing role played by social media and its mpact on medicine.

The program thus prepares professionals working in healthcare organizations and running treatment centers to cope with and thrive in this new environment. It provides professionals interested in taking on leadership positions in the health system with the knowledge, tools, and skills necessary to take on these positions, particularly given the current situation in which the medical and health professions are coping with constant and ongoing change.

M.A. in Educational Psychology

Educational psychologists deal with the assessment and treatment of children and youth within the education system in Israel, including kindergartens and schools, and in various cultural settings. The work of an educational psychologist focuses on direct assistance to the child as well as work with parents and education staff, out of the understanding that the significant people in a child’s life are the ones best able to help him or her. The program provides graduates with the ability to identify and assess difficulties and build an appropriate treatment plan adapted to the particular needs of each child and their environment. Children can suffer from social issues, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, family crises, or traumatic events. The large age span with which the educational psychologist deals requires familiarity with the spectrum of age-appropriate development stages and the changing relative importance of relationships with parents, teachers, friends, peers, and others during these periods. In addition, the reality of life in Israel requires educational psychologists to be able to cope with states of emergency and personal crisis such as trauma, loss, and sexual abuse. In many instances the educational psychologist is the professional on site when such events occur and provides the initial response in the field.

For this reason, the program focuses on varied treatment techniques suitable for different age groups and for parents; assessment and evaluation tools for level of education, cognitive processes, learning deficiencies, emotional difficulties, and so on; and tools to understand and evaluate the education system, build partnerships with educational staff, and develop interventions according to the needs of the class or school.

M.A. in Educational Counseling

The program trains students to work in the education system as educational counselors as well as group facilitators, and provides graduates with up-to-date knowledge and skills in the areas of assessment, treatment, and research. Educational counselors work with all age groups, from toddlers, children, adolescents, young adults, parents, teachers, and therapists. They are required to have knowledge of a diverse number of disciplines such as psychology, sociology, psychiatry, social work, and education, and to combine this knowledge with applied work in the field, as well as to make use of innovative methods of research and evaluation.

The program consists of three main areas of study:

Family and Parenting
This area focuses on parenting in the post-modern era and provides theoretical knowledge and tools to help educational counselors in their work with parents and children.

Individual Counseling
Students participate in courses and workshops on individual counseling of a variety of populations including children, teachers, and parents, and receive hands-on experience providing individual counseling to a child in school, under the supervision of a veteran counselor.

Group Facilitation
Students participate in workshops and gain experience in group facilitation, including group intervention programs in schools and methodologies of working with groups of teachers and parents in the school setting.