The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies has announced the launch of a new addition to its family, the School of Behavioral Sciences (SBS). It will offer two new programs: Psychology and Social Work starting from Fall 2017. Both programs are offered for the first time in Qatar at a graduate level, and are among few in the region.
Currently, the School is accepting applications for its inaugural year and it is expected to attract interested students from all over the Arab world and beyond. The DI has been planning to launch the new school since about a year ago with a feasibility study that highlighted the dire need for both programs in the region. As the Arab world continues to face political instability, poverty and a plethora of social problems, it has become imperative to develop the fields of psychology and social work. Also, the two programs aim to supply the market with Arab professionals to meet the increasing demand in these areas.
Currently there are only 40 graduate programs in psychology across the Arab world (mostly in Lebanon and Egypt), whereas there are over 400 programs in the US. As for social work, there is a mere 12 graduate programs in the Arab world (mostly in Egypt and Saudi Arabia), compared to 261 in the US.
In addition to the launch of the new School of Behavioral Sciences with its two programs, the DI has also recently announced the addition of Journalism in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. This brings the total number of graduate studies programs offered at the DI starting Fall 2017 to 15.