Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW) programs prepare graduates for advanced professional practice in an area of concentration. The MSW program will prepare UAEU graduates to enter the job force as specialized practitioners, accepting leadership roles within the areas of health/mental health, criminal justice, applied research, policy analysis, community education, schools and in the planning and provision of social services in other areas. The Master of Social Work consists of 30 credit hours of specialized course-work and practicum for students with a Bachelor degree in Social Work (BSW). The MSW program also welcomes students with a bachelor degree in disciplines other than social work. However, for these students, the program of study will consist of foundation courses (30 credit hours) in year 1 and specialization courses (30 credit hours) in year 2 for a total of 60 credits hours.

Program Objectives

  • Practice in accordance with social work values and ethics that acknowledge the history and laws of UAE society.
  • Practice in a culturally competent manner that promotes quality of life and well-being, human rights and social and economic justice, with diverse Arab, Muslim and expatriate populations of the UAE and GCC.
  • Use, produce and apply research knowledge to enhance their skills for practice with the diverse Arab/Muslim families, children, individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and societies of the UAE and GCC.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Use communication/facilitation skills ethically in building empowering relationships with the diverse populations in the UAE, the Arab Gulf and internationally.
  • Employ skills for influencing policy formulation and change in communities that advance social and economic justice.
  • Apply knowledge and leadership skills in managing projects, and working with community groups and/or organizations to address populations at risk and engage in community resource development
  • Demonstrate skills in quantitative/qualitative research design, data analysis, program evaluation, practice evaluation, community needs assessments, and knowledge dissemination.
  • Apply the knowledge, values, ethical principles, and skills of a generalist social work perspective to practice with diverse social systems in the UAE, the Arab Gulf and internationally.
  • Analyze social policies at a local, regional, national, and international level.
  • Evaluate existing research studies and one’s own practice interventions.
  • Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and seek necessary organizational change.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 30 hours

Social Work

Required Courses (21.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SWK640Models and Methods of Social Work Practice3.000
SWK642Leadership & Supervision 3.000
SWK645Intermediate Social Work Research 3.000
SWK695Field Practicum II9.000
SWK699Directed Readings3.000

Elective Courses - 9CH (3 courses) from a specialization track (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Health/Mental Health (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SWK671Social Work Practice with At Risk Students 3.000
SWK690Social Work & Traditional Help Seeking Behavior 3.000
SWK691Social Work in Behavioral Health Settings3.000

Criminal Justice/Substance Abuse (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SWK680Social Work in Criminal Justice Settings 3.000
SWK681Social Work & Addictions 3.000
SWK682Techniques in Rehabilitation Counseling3.000


Bridge Program

For Students without the BSW degree (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SWK500Social Welfare Policy and Services: A worldview3.000
SWK510Human Behavior and Social Environments I3.000
SWK511Human Behavior and Social Environments II 3.000
SWK520Research Methods for Social Work Practice 3.000
SWK534Integrative Seminar 1.000
SWK540Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families 3.000
SWK541Social Work Practice with Groups 3.000
SWK542Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations 3.000
SWK590Field Education I 8.000