The School of Behavioral Sciences (SBS) seeks to advance the welfare of individuals and communities through promoting social justice, alleviating societal problems, and enhancing human well-being. The School achieves this by educating practitioners and scholars who are able to create and apply knowledge and research to solve individual, societal, and organizational problems, particularly in Qatar and the Arab region with specific attention to those who are poor, vulnerable, and oppressed.

The School currently offers two master's programs of study in Psychology (with clinical and social tracks) and in Social Work (with community development and clinical practice tracks).

1) Psychology:

Program Structure and Study Plan:

To successfully complete the program, a student is required to take 42 credit hours, in addition to a pass/fail Internship which is required but carries no credit. Normally, courses are 3 credit hours each. The courses are divided into required core courses, elective courses, and a thesis.

     A.     Core Courses

The program has two concentration tracks: Clinical Psychology and Social Psychology. Clinical students are required to take nine core courses while the Social students are required to take eight core courses, as follows:

Clinical Psychology Core Courses (27 credit hours)

·         PSYCH 611 Graduate Research Methods

·         PSYCH 612 Graduate Statistical Methods

·         PSYCH 613 Ethics, Practice, and Professional Issues

·         PSYCH 615a Psychopathology I: Adulthood

·         PSYCH 615b Psychopathology II: Childhood and Adolescence

·         PSYCH 617 Clinical Assessment (ONE of the following is required)

o    PSYCH 617a Personality/Psychosocial Assessment

o    PSYCH 617b Cognitive Assessment

·         PSYCH 619 Biological Bases of Psychopathology

·         PSYCH 621a Clinical Interventions I

·         PSYCH 621b Clinical Interventions II

Social Psychology Core Courses (24 credit hours)

·         PSYCH 611 Graduate Statistical Methods

·         PSYCH 612 Graduate Research Methods

·         PSYCH 614 Advanced Social Psychology

·         PSYCH 616 Stereotyping and Prejudice

·         PSYCH 618 Organizational Social Psychology

·         PSYCH 620 Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology

·         PSYCH 622 Social Change and Influence

·         PSYCH 680 Advanced Statistics (3 credit hours)

B.      Electives (6 credit hours)

Students choose 2 additional electives (totaling 6 credit hours) from courses offered by the Psychology Program. In addition, students in the Clinical track choose 1 elective from other DI programs, while students in the Social track choose 2 electives from other DI programs. Below are suggested electives that could be offered by the Psychology Program.

·         PSYCH 630 Introduction to Psychobiology

·         PSYCH 631 Culture and the Human Mind (Cultural Neuroscience)

·         PSYCH 640 Psychology of Intergroup Relations

·         PSYCH 641 Political Psychology

·         PSYCH 650 Culture and Psychological Health

·         PSYCH 651 Clinical Science and Practice in Cultural Context

·         PSYCH 652 Special Topics in Clinical Psychology

·         PSYCH 660 Individuals and Groups in Organizations

·         PSYCH 661 Gender and Work

·         PSYCH 670 Introduction to Psychology and Law

·         PSYCH 671 Legal Processes and Legal Methods

·         PSYCH 680 Culture and Qualitative Methods

·         PSYCH 681 Advanced Applied Statistics

 C.      Thesis (6 credit hours)

2) Social Work (MSW):

"Together We Build Our Communities. We Give You the Tools, You Make the Changes in People's Lives"

A master's in social work from the Doha Institute (DI) is a professional graduate degree that promotes human and community well-being. As a graduate of the DI MSW program, you can make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and the community.

Our mission is "to educate 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, and the Arab World, and enhance their quality of life and well-being, with specific attention to those who are poor, vulnerable, and oppressed."

Our curriculum integrates teaching social work theories, values, scientific inquiry, and social work practice that meets local and international standards which will enable graduates to become social work professionals, researchers, and community leaders who advocate for quality of life and well-being of all persons.

Degree Requirements

To successfully complete the MSW program, a student must complete 48 credit hours of course work and 750 clock-hours of internship (field education) of which 300 hours must be completed during the first year and 450 hours during the second year.

Program Structure

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. The two-year detailed plan is as follows:


A.           First Year (Foundation Year):

First Semester

  • Direct Social Work Practice I (3 Cr.)
  • Human Behavior and Social Environment I (3 Cr.)
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services I (3 Cr.)
  • Research Methods (3 Cr.)
  • Field Education I (10 hours / week)

Second Semester

  • Direct Social Work Practice II (3 Cr.)
  • Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3 Cr.)
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services II (3 Cr.)
  • Data Analysis (3 Cr.)
  • Field Education II (10 hours / week)

B.           Second Year (Advanced Year)

First Semester – Community Development

  • Introduction to Community Development (3 Cr.)
  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3 Cr.)
  • Program Evaluation (3 Cr.)
  • Field Education III (15 hours / week)

Second Semester – Community Development

  • Advanced Community Organizing (3 Cr.)
  • Community Empowerment for Change (3 Cr.)
  • Field Education IV (15 hours / week)

C.           Elective Courses (6 Credits)

Displaced Population I and II

Gerontology I and II

SWK in Mental Health Settings I and II

Other DI Elective Courses (upon advisor approval)

D.           Capstone (3 Credits)