Master's in Social Work


Program Description

The purpose of social work, a profession dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities, is to promote and enhance human and community well-being. This involves (1) the quest for social and economic justice, (2) the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, (3) the elimination of poverty, and (4) the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons, locally and globally.

Our Mission

Our mission is "to educate, train, and empower a new generation of professional social work practitioners and researchers, who are prepared to empower and to meet the human needs of people in Qatar, the region, the Arab World and global community, and enhance their quality of life and well-being, with specific attention to those who are poor, vulnerable, and oppressed. It also prepares graduates for leadership in the community and to contribute to the knowledge base for the profession".

Our Goals

  1. To develop an advanced social work graduate program in Qatar and the Arab World to meet complex contemporary challenges;
  2. To develop human resources suitable for the changing demography of Qatar and the Arab World;
  3. To produce a new cohort of community leaders and advocates to respond to the emerging socio-economic challenges in Qatar and the Arab World;
  4. To provide social work and research skills to promote and advance the well-being of individuals and families, especially those from disadvantaged communities;
  5. To ensure healthy and safe communities by responding to their needs through social work as a profession and the development of new effective social programs.

Our Distinguishing Features

  1. A focus on producing advanced level community leaders and clinical practitioners who are prepared to initiate community-level projects that provide much-needed support for the enhancement of human well-being in the region;
  2. An incorporation of international standards for an educational program in the region that is capable of meeting the contemporary challenges, especially as the region faces armed conflicts and the subsequent displacement of populations across the Middle East and North Africa;
  3. A focus on promoting community development and social justice for all local communities regardless of their religious or ethnic backgrounds, and working towards meeting the Qatar 2030 National Vision and the UN sustainable development goals;
  4. A commitment to use the most up to date research and technology for teaching, and to produce relevant knowledge through research that produces a leading regional educational program;
  5. A focus on research that will enable graduates to document, monitor and evaluate their practice and improve the effectiveness of services;
  6. A requirement to undertake a field placement that will enhance existing services and training opportunities for practitioners in human service agencies, schools and mental health organizations; and
  7. Incorporation of international standards that prepare students for Ph.D. programs in social work and social research. This aims to address the lack of much needed social work academics in Qatar, and the Middle East, as well as future professionals for the United Nations, international non-governmental organizations, the Qatari Ministry of Labor and Human Services, the Qatari Regulatory Authority of Charitable Activities, and other governmental offices.

Program Structure and Study Plans

The MSW program is divided into required core courses (39 credits), elective courses (6 credits), and a capstone project (3 credits). In addition, 750 clock-hours of field education (internship) are required to obtain the MSW degree.

Last updated Jul 2018

About the School

The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) is an independent institute for learning and research, based in Doha, in the fields of social sciences, humanities, public administration and development e ... Read More

The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) is an independent institute for learning and research, based in Doha, in the fields of social sciences, humanities, public administration and development economics. Programs of study are offered at the master’s degree level in its three schools: the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the School of Public Administration and Development Economics and the School of Psychology and Social Work. The DI is also home to the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies. Read less