Master of Social Work

United Arab Emirates University

Program Description

Master of Social Work

United Arab Emirates University

Master of Social Work MSW Vision: Social Workers are leaders dedicated to strengthening families, organizations, communities and society through the social development of human potential.

Master of Social Work (MSW) programs prepare graduates for advanced professional practice in an area of concentration. The MSW program will prepare UAEU graduates to enter the job force as specialized practitioners, accepting leadership roles within the areas of health/mental health, criminal justice, applied research, policy analysis, community education, schools and in the planning and provision of social services in other areas. The Master of Social Work consists of 30 credit hours of specialized course-work and practicum for students with a Bachelor degree in Social Work (BSW). The MSW program also welcomes students with a bachelor degree in disciplines other than social work. However, for these students, the program of study will consist of foundation courses (30 credit hours) in year 1 and specialization courses (30 credit hours) in year 2 for a total of 60 credits hours.

Program Objectives

  1. Practice in accordance with social work values and ethics that acknowledge the history and laws of UAE society.
  2. Practice in a culturally competent manner that promotes quality of life and well-being, human rights and social and economic justice, with diverse Arab, Muslim and expatriate populations of the UAE and GCC.
  3. Use, produce and apply research knowledge to enhance their skills for practice with the diverse Arab/Muslim families, children, individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and societies of the UAE and GCC. Program Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  4. Use communication/facilitation skills ethically in building empowering relationships with the diverse populations in the UAE, the Arab Gulf and internationally.
  5. Employ skills for influencing policy formulation and change in communities that advance social and economic justice.
  6. Apply knowledge and leadership skills in managing projects, and working with community groups and/or organizations to address populations at risk and engage in community resource development.
  7. Demonstrate skills in quantitative/qualitative research design, data analysis, program evaluation, practice evaluation, community needs assessments, and knowledge dissemination.
  8. Apply the knowledge, values, ethical principles, and skills of a generalist social work perspective to practice with diverse social systems in the UAE, the Arab Gulf and internationally.
  9. Analyze social policies at a local, regional, national, and international level.
  10. Evaluate existing research studies and one’s own practice interventions.
  11. Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and seek necessary organizational change.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 30 hours 3 semester Advance Standing for those with BSW

Maximum 60 hours 6 semester Bridge Program for those without BSW

Admission requirements or amendment of program admission requirements.

Fall Admission Only

Weekend classes; evening classes depending on student needs

Admission Criteria: Applicants to the Master of Social Work Degree Program must meet the current UAEU graduate admission requirements (GPA; IELTS & TOELF scores, including Tuition and program costs) and the MSW program requirements.

  1. A GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate study;
  2. At least two samples of written academic work;
  3. An IELTS score of 60 or a TOEFL score of 500;
  4. References from at least two people with whom the applicant has worked or studied;
  5. A successful interview with MSW Admissions Committee
  6. In addition to meeting the above requirements, applicants for advanced standing must have a Bachelor in Social Work or a BSW degree from a university that is accredited and approved in the UAE.

Program Requirements: Two Tracts for MSW program

  1. 30 credit hours for those with BSW degree. A 3 semester Advanced Standing Program of study and
  2. 60 credit hours for those without a BSW degree. The MSW 6 semester Bridge Program of study

There is no thesis requirement for the MSW Degree.

MSW Bridge Program Required Courses: For Students without the BSW degree:

First Semester Required Courses

SW 500 Social Welfare Policy and Services: A Worldview 3

SW 510 Human Behavior and Social Environments I 3

SW 542 Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations 3

SW 520 Research Methods for Social Work Practice 3

Second Semester Required Courses

SW 541 Social Work Practice with Groups 3

SW 540 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families 3

SW 511 Human Behavior and Social Environments II 3

SW 534 Integrative Seminar (1 hour) 1

Third Semester Field Practicum SW 590 Field Practicum (400 hours) 8

Total Credits 30

Applicants with a BSW or social work degree approved by the Ministry of Education and UAEU are eligible to take the MSW Advanced Standing 3 semester program. MSW Advanced Standing 3 Semester Program: (For Students with a Social Work Degree BSW)

First Semester Required Courses

SW 640 Models and Methods of Social Work Practice 3

SW645 Intermediate Social Work Research 3

SW642 Leadership & Supervision 3

One course from selected Concentration list 3

Second Semester Required Course

One course from selected Concentration list

SW699 Directed Readings 3

Third Semester Field Practicum

SW695 Field practicum II (500 hours) 9

Total Credits 30 Specialization Tracks: Students design their specialization in collaboration with their Advisor.

MSW Health/Mental Health Specialization

SW690 Social Work & Traditional Help Seeking Behavior 3

SW691 Social Work in Behavioral Health Settings 3

SW671 Social Work Practice with At Risk Populations 3

SW699 Directed Readings 3

MSW Criminal Justice/Substance Abuse Concentration

SW 680 Social Work in Criminal Justice Settings 3

SW 681 Social Work & Addictions 3

SW 682 Techniques in Rehabilitation Counseling 3

SW699 Directed Readings 3

Program Tuition Fees are listed below. For payment information contact UAEU Tuition Unit cost 1,600.00 per credit hour

One Year Advanced Standing MSW Program (30 credits) 48,000.00 AED

Two Year Bridging MSW Program (60 credits) 96,000.00 AED Program Fees

Application Fees (non-refundable)


Textbooks, supplies, Field Manual (one-off) 2,000.00

Field Practicum Fees (one-off) 1,000.00

One Year Advanced Standing Total Program Cost 51,500.00 AED

Two Year Bridge MSW Program Total Program Cost 99,500.00 AED

Admission: Fall Semester Only

Those interested in applying for the MSW program are instructed to complete the online application at For further information about the MSW Program:

Contact Persons:

Dr. Shamma Al Falasi, Chair Social Work Department

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 23, 2017
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