Admission to the Master of Arts in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship (MASCE) program at BGU is based on a selection process conducted by the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC). The AAC reviews each application thoroughly to determine the applicant’s qualifications as well as compatibility of the university programs to the applicant's educational goals. The applicant will be presented to the AAC for consideration after all required application materials have been received by the university.
Applicants are required to provide documents attesting to:
- Academic Credentials
A bachelor's degree or bachelor equivalency.
Applicants not holding a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (defined as a student who has taken the equivalent number of hours that would normally represent a baccalaureate degree in one or more United States Department of Education (USDE) recognized accredited programs, yet was not awarded the actual baccalaureate degree) may apply as a Special Student (Only a limited number of applicants will be admitted under Special Student Status). Applicants will only be considered if they have work experience or other training that demonstrates knowledge and core skills in leadership positions that demonstrate the ability to undertake graduate-level education. If approved for admission, the student will be placed in a probationary status pending completion of the first three Core courses in a manner that, in the sole discretion of the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC), clearly demonstrates the student's ability to satisfactorily perform graduate-level work at BGU. The student may enroll in the fourth class pending MASCE Director and AAC approval, but will not be allowed to participate in the class until that approval has been received.
Academic transcripts from non-US academic institutions may be evaluated by an outside firm. Any fees associated with that evaluation must be paid by the student before he/she is admitted to any BGU degree program.
- Leadership/Ministry Experience
A minimum of two years of prior part-time or full-time involvement in ministry or organizational leadership/administrative roles. Students without such prior experience will be placed in probationary admissions status until they demonstrate involvement in such roles during their tenure as MASCE students.
- English Language
Each student must demonstrate English-proficiency by: (1) showing that it is his/her native language, or (2) by having successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate school program in which English is the primary method of instruction, or (3) exhibiting sufficient English-language capabilities to succeed in the classroom and in the BGU MASCE program as measured by a score of not less than 80 on the internet-based TOEFL or TOEFL-equivalent exams taken within the last five years. As an alternative to the TOEFL, BGU will accept the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), where the students have scored 6.5 or better.
Alternatively, if the student is from Mainland China, he or she will be required to attend the Total Immersion Program (TIP) that is held at Beijing University and must present a copy of the certificate that is awarded at the completion of that program. All students who are admitted using the TIP program will be admitted on a conditional basis. Once the student has successfully completed their first three courses (9 credit hours), they may be admitted under regular status if their course performance has proven satisfactory for graduate level work.