The School employs a standardized structure for each Master's program, based on a 36 credit hour graduation requirement distributed among three main categories. 

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​Program Structure

1. Program Requirements – 15 credits:  

Each program will require students to complete courses specific to the program of study and they are normally divided into the following categories: 

​A - Core Courses: Each program offers a number of compulsory, foundation courses to provide the student with a thorough grounding in the major subject of study. At least one of the courses addresses the theoretical and practical aspects of research methodologies in the chosen field of study.  Its aim is to build the student’s research skills and ability to design research projects including the design and submission of the thesis proposal. 

B - Concentration Tracks or Program Electives: Programs may offer two concentration tracks of specialization within its major subject of study. Concentration tracks will give students the opportunity to link their chosen concentration with the topic of their future thesis. Students must elect one track and study its corresponding compulsory or elective course (as applicable). Alternatively, the program may offer a list of program electives of which students will choose a specific number depending on credit limits. ​

Note: Please visit the program pages for specific program structures.  


2. School Requirements – 15 credits:​

In order to further their inter/cross-disciplinary exposure, all SOSH students are expected to register for courses of the following nature: ​

A - Extra-Disciplinary Courses – 6 credits: All students are required to study two courses from another program in SOSH​ or CHS​. Depending on the extra-disciplinary program chosen, students must study one of the research methods or theory courses, in addition to one other course from the list offered by that program. 

This category of courses provides​ students with a theor​etical grounding in a program other than their own and deepens their understanding of issues in another discipline. Such courses also allow them to interact further with their colleagues and professors from other programs. Students are strongly advised to consult with their academic advisors before choosing their extra-disciplinary cou​rses.    

B - Interdisciplinary Courses – 6 credits: All students in SOSH must choose two interdisciplinary courses. These courses are normally offered by two or more programs in SOSH and faculty from different programs collaborate in delivering the lectures and seminars. Please visit the “Interdisicplinarity at SOSH​” page for more details regarding the interdisciplinary courses offered. 

C - Non-restricted Elective – 3 credits: Students may choose one course of 3 credits from any program in any of the Schools/centers in the DI (including SPADE and CHS). Students, however, are also able to choose their non-restricted​ elective from the list of electives offered by their home program. Students are strongly advised to consult with their academic advisors before choosing their elective. 

D- Non-credit School Graduation Requirement - 0 credits: All SOSH students must attend and successfully complete the two non-credit bearing courses listed below. These courses are offered at the School level as a cross-disciplinary introduction to the study of social sciences and humanities and are delivered as a series of lectures on selected topics by School and visiting professors. 

  • Issues in the Study of Humanitie
  • Issues in the Study of Social Sciences​

Students must successfully pass the assignment for each course as a condition for graduation. These courses will also appear on the student’s transcript but will not contribute to the student’s GPA. Please visit the “Interdisicplinarity at SOSH​” page for more details.

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​​3.  Thesis - 6 credits: 

This segment of the degree program aims to enable students, through research and the writing and presentation of a thesis, to demonstrate their achievement of the objectives of their study over the two years of the program, in 12,000-18,000 words. 

The thesis examination consists of two parts; a marked assessment of the thesis by two examiners and an oral defense in front of an examination panel comprised of the same two examiners. ​​


Graduation Requirements:

In order to successfully complete the program and graduate with a Masters in your chosen program, you must: 

1) Successfully complete all compulsory and elective credits at the School and Program levels

2) Successfully complete the two non-credit school core compulsory courses​

3) Submit and present a research thesis approved by a School-appointed examining committee 

4) Fully reside and attend classes in the DI’s host city (Doha, Qatar) for no less than three semesters

5) ​Achieve English language proficiency level as set by DI 



​​The DI reserves the right to change the structure and content of its programs of study without prior notice.