What is Social Work?

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. The two-year detailed plan is as follows:

A. Community Development Track (48 Credits)



(3 Credits)

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Direct Social Work Practice I Direct Social Work Practice IIIntroduction to Community DevelopmentAdvanced Community Organizing
Human Behavior &
Social Environment I
Human Behavior & Social Environment IILeadership & Organizational BehaviorCommunity Empowerment for Change
Social Welfare Policy & Services ISocial Welfare Policy & Services IIElectiveElective
Research MethodsData AnalysisProgram EvaluationCapstone
 12 Credits12 Credits12 Credits12 Credits

Field Education I


Field Education II


Field Education III


Field Education IV


B. Clinical Practice Track (will be offered in fall 2018)



(3 Credits Each)

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Direct Social Work Practic I Direct Social Work 
Practice II

Clinical Practice I

Clinical Practice II
Human Behavior & Social Environment IHuman Behavior & Social  Environment IIField of Practice IField of Practice II
Social Welfare Policy & Services ISocial Welfare Policy & Services IIElectiveElective
Research MethodsData AnalysisProgram EvaluationCapstone
 12 Credits12 Credits12 Credits12 Credits

Field Education I


Field Education II


Field Education III


Field Education IV


SWK610 Research Methods

This is the first of three required courses on social work research for MSW students. This course enables students to become better acquainted with how to evaluate their own practice and provides the analytical skills to assess the validity of the research literature.  This course will touch on several content areas related to research:  (a) hidden agendas and political and ethical concerns when conducting research, (b) problem formulation generating research questions and hypotheses, (c) systematic valid and reliable information gathering techniques, (d) single subject, group research, and cross-sectional designs, (e) qualitative vs. quantitative modalities, and (f) analysis, interpretation, and reporting of findings. 

SWK641 Field Education II

During Field Education II students are exposed to carry out needs and resource assessments of clients, conduct an analysis of information gained from clients, engage clients in the problem-solving process and write a psychosocial assessment. Students also learn about helping modalities at different systems' levels.  Additionally, they develop beginning understanding and skills about clinical practice and community-level interventions.

SWK611A Direct Social Work Practice I

This is the first of the two required courses, taken in conjunction with SWK640 (Field Education I) for graduate students as a co-requisite. It presents essential social work foundation knowledge and skills for interpersonal practice with individuals, families and small groups. It integrates content on social justice issues and it relies on the historical, contextual, and social science knowledge presented concurrently in the Human Behavior and the Social Environment course. The student's field experience and future practice methods courses will build upon the skills presented in this basic course.

SWK611B Direct Social Work Practice II

The course builds and extends on SWK611A (prerequisite). content on the knowledge and skills needed for social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The main emphasis of the course is to enhance the role performance and social functioning of social work practitioners. The course emphasizes the middle phase of work with clients, as well as evaluation and termination. The development of skills required to facilitate the interaction of client systems and environments is highlighted, using a systems perspective in relation to problem solving. Such topics as the worker/client relationship, crisis intervention, the linking of clients to resources, and alleviation of environmental stressors are considered. The SWK 611B is taken in conjunction with Field Instruction II as a co-requisite.

SWK612A Human Behavior and Social Environment I

This is the first of two interrelated courses extending over two semesters in the foundation year.  The course focuses on the person and the environment. It will cover contents related to theory, research and practice issues relevant to human growth and development within the environmental systems. In particular, the course provides students with knowledge and understanding of multidimensional approaches and their interactions in shaping human development and behavior across the life span. These include biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual dimensions. Furthermore, the course covers environmental dimensions related to human development and behavior, including physical environment, social structure and social institutions, families, and small groups' dimensions. Finally, this course includes content on the strengths perspective and empowerment  practice in order to help students to understand the ways in which social systems impact the well-being of human beings and other social units in our society.

SWK612B Human Behavior and Social Environment II

This second course on HBSE focuses on the human development throughout the life span. Human behavior is presented as a biopsychosocial phenomenon, and students will learn how to utilize theories and conceptual frameworks to guide the process of assessment, intervention and evaluation, with the application of knowledge to understand the person in the environment.  Values, ethics, and the promotion of social and economic justice are examined in relation to the interaction of the biological, psychological and societal systems. This course examines the impacts of ethnic, socio-cultural, religious/spiritual and gender diversity on human behavior.  These factors are examined as they affect individual development, social groups, communities, and family systems.  Knowledge and practice implications for Muslim communities will be addressed. Specifically, this course will address how social systems promote or deter people in achieving and maintaining good health and well-being.

SWK613A Social Welfare Policy & Services I

This is the first of two required courses on social welfare policy and services. Students will learn about the history of social welfare policy, services, and the social work profession.  They will also learn about current social welfare issues in the context of their history and the underlying rationale and values that support different approaches.  Emphasis will be placed on major fields of social work service such as health care, mental health, child welfare, corrections, immigration, displaced population, and gerontology. The course will cover conceptual foundations of social welfare policy, social justice and civil rights, social policies in the Arab world and in specific Qatar social policy. In addition, the course will cover content related to funding social programs, Islam and social welfare policy, social safety nets, work and employment policies, and population policies. The course will end up with a comparison between various international social welfare policies and services.

SWK613B Social Welfare Policy & Services II

This course is the second of two required foundation courses on social welfare policy and services (Policy I is pre-requisite). The course focuses on understanding major socioeconomic issues that affect societies, with special emphasis on issues pertinent to Qatari Society and to GCC in general. These include, poverty, unemployment, foreign labor, national and human security and the various ways in which society has responded to it over time. Students in this class will learn about policy advocacy, skills and competencies for policy analysis, and the ecology and context of social policy. Students will also learn about presenting and defending policy proposals, developing political strategy, and policy advocacy and implementation.

SWK614 Data Analysis

This is the second of three required courses on research methods for MSW students. It builds on Research Methods I (pre-requisite). This course covers several content areas related to quantitative & qualitative data analysis. These areas include (a) social work research code of ethics, (b) SPSS & data preparation for entry in SPSS, (c) Descriptive statistics: Frequency distributions, graphical presentation of data, and measures of central tendency and variability, (d) Normal and skewed distributions, (e) Identify steps in hypothesis testing: Research hypotheses, Type I- & Type II-errors, & statistical significance, (f) Inferential statistics: Parametric vs. non-parametric tests, (g) Guidelines for test selection, (h) Bivariate statistical techniques: Pearson's correlation coefficient, Student's t-tests, One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), and Chi-square test, and (i) Presentation, interpretation, and reporting of findings.

SWK640 Field Education I

Assignments in Field Education I are designed to identify and assess the student's ability to explore problem solving skills and strategies that are utilized in various social work systems that address issues important to vulnerable and at-risk population groups. Students are exposed to professional practice, agency policies, agency processes and services, and ethical dilemmas in social work practice. They observe their supervisors, conduct intake assessments, and learn to write process recordings and document their work. They also gain verbal, written and electronic communication skills. The cultural context of services is also emphasized.

SWK615 Introduction to Community Development

This is the first of a series of advanced courses on community development. It provides students in the Community Development track with a theoretical and practical introduction to the field of community assessment and development. The course introduces students to basic community development and organizing concepts, and the importance of social, cultural, and environmental systems to the success of community development. The course helps students develop skills in community assessment, intervention planning, advocacy, and group facilitation.  Students will also learn technical assistance approaches for rural, inner city, and youth development, as well as issues related to eradication of poverty and sustainable development.

SWK616 Leadership and Organizational Behavior

Coming soon.

SWK617 Program Evaluation

This is an advanced research course, which adds depth and breadth to the research knowledge and skills that students acquired in both Research Methods and Data Analysis (pre-requisites). The course is designed to prepare social work students to develop, use, critically assess, and effectively communicate empirically based knowledge in developing and evaluating their own practice and human and social service programs.  The course introduces students to various systematic evaluation methods that measure the needs, effectiveness, fairness, and efficiency of various interventions in achieving their objectives and desired outcomes for various stakeholders with particular focus on needs assessment and community development. The course emphasizes the importance of evidence-based practice, accountability, ethical practice, and the profession's advocacy role in improving and monitoring practice, policy, and human service delivery.  In addition, this course emphasizes appropriate evaluation techniques for promoting social justice for at-risk populations.

SWK618 Advanced Community Organizing

This course builds up on Introduction to Community Development, which is a pre-requisite for this course. This course is taken in the second semester of the advanced year. The course will prepare students to gain advanced understanding of the community, its needs, assessment, development of grant proposal and program startup. Students will learn about various concepts and theories (e.g., systems theory, conflict theory, rational choice theory, etc.) that help us understand communities, power, politics, economic resources, and various personal characteristics (gender, ethnicity, etc.) and how they shape community life.

SWK619 Community Empowerment for Change

This course is the last of a series of advanced courses on community development. It builds up on Introduction to Community Development, Advanced Community Organizing, and Program Evaluations, which are pre-requisites for this course. The course includes examination of methods of community development in which people are empowered to join together and develop community-based programs and services at the local level to create community change. It emphasizes ways in which community members can take initiative, contribute to collective action, and help themselves through community-based economic and social development in health and human services, education, and housing and neighborhood revitalization projects. Special emphasis is placed on initiatives, which involve individuals and families in positive pluralist efforts for development and building upon strengths and resources of members of the community rather than focusing on their needs and problems. Special attention will be paid to the link between development, empowerment and sustainability.

SWK642 Field Education III

Coming soon.

SWK643 Field Education IV

Coming soon.

SWK698 Capstone

Coming soon.

Clinical Practice I

Coming soon.

Clinical Practice II

Coming soon.

Field Practice I

Coming soon.

Field Practice II

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Program Evaluation

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SWK621 Social Work with Displaced Populations I

This course focuses on victims and survivors of disasters. It covers broad processes of uprooting, displacement, resettlement, and adaptation in relation to survivors of natural and man-made disasters. It includes definitions, methodological and conceptual issues; causes and responses to disasters, policies, policy analysis, and levels of interventions. The course will conclude with an examination of critical issues in social work with the survivors of disasters.

SWK622 Social Work with Displaced Populations II

This course focuses on the causes of international displacement, both forced and voluntary and theories of migration. It will analyze the involvement of the international community in providing assistance to refugees and the internally displaced; international and national policies for refugees, immigrants, and international migrants; identify programs for internally displaced persons; study the dual impact of trauma associated with uprooting, and the cultural change confronting refugees and immigrants (critical issues) when they enter the Qatar and other Middle Eastern Countries; assess selected repatriation efforts; and will discuss the challenges of serving refugees, immigrants, and international migrants.

SWK623 Social Work and Law

This course examines the role of the law and its influence on social work practice. Students will examine and analyze critically the impact of specific court decisions and their impact on current practice and on their clients. The course will present an in-depth analysis of both International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights Law (HRL).  In addition, the course will focus on the basic rights of a human being from political, economic, social and cultural aspects in peoples' lives as well as the importance and significance of both national and international legislations in protecting and actualizing human rights, with special focus on humanitarian assistance to people affecting by various types of internal and external conflicts.

SWK624 Social Work in Mental Health Settings I

Coming soon.

SWK625 Social Work in Mental Health Settings II

Coming soon.

SWK626 Family and Child Welfare

Coming soon.

SWK627 Social Work and Gerontology

Coming soon.