​​​​The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI), founded in 2015, is an independent institution of higher education based in Doha, Qatar. The Institute offers internationally accredited postgraduate MA programs of study in two schools: the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the School of Economics, Administration and Public Policy. The Institute adopts an interdisciplinary approach, with Arabic Language as its primary language for study and research, and fluency in English a requirement. It has also launched a PhD program in November 2021. DI works to graduate researchers and practitioners who can advance knowledge and better the human condition, while upholding the highest scientific and ethical standards; as well as professionals with leadership skills, integrity and professional competence to satisfy the region’s needs in sustainable development and intellectual, social and professional advancement. 


The DI is premised on four interrelated values in accordance with its mission:​

Arab Contribution to Knowledge Production 

Integrating cross-disciplinary learning and research 

Commitment to Academic Standards

Informed by the latest developments in social sciences, humanities, public administration and development economics 

Intellectual Responsibility and Critical Awareness 

A new generation of intellectuals committed to Arab societies 

Space for Intellectual Independence 

Knowledge and scientific methodology as the basis for freedom of thought


Designated as a not-for-profit, private institution, the DI is operated exclusively for educational, research and public service purposes. It was founded in 2014, as an autonomous legal entity, by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. The DI is licensed as a national institution of higher education by the Supreme Education Council of Qatar.


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