Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should I choose this program?

Modern life has many benefits but also exposes individuals and communities to a variety of stressors. In addition, natural disasters that hit highly populated areas impact on many lives. Together, this has led to rapid development around the world in the area of stress and trauma and to similarly rapidly expanding new career opportunities for professionals in this field, in governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations.

Why Israel?

Israel is a living laboratory for research and practice on coping with stress, crisis and trauma. Over the years, Israeli scholars and practitioners have developed considerable knowledge and models of intervention in these areas. Our academic staff has been at the forefront of these developments. We invite you to learn from our world renowned experts.

Following completion of the program, what are my career opportunities?

The program is intended to provide you with in-depth knowledge in the area of trauma. This is expected to place you at a great advantage over people when seeking jobs in governmental and non-governmental organizations/agencies around the world that provide services to populations under stress/trauma. Such organizations and services are rapidly developing around the world.

Students who graduated The International Crisis & Trauma Program have been working as coordinators, case managers, and program facilitators in various organizations throughout the world, such as:

- Non-profit organization for preventing and treating victims and perpetrators of violence

-  Substance Abuse Treatment Shelter for Women and Children

-  Rape Crisis Centers

Other alumni chose to continue their studies, and pursue clinical and/or empirical Ph.D. in Social Work, Psychology, and related fields.

What kinds of professions / degrees are eligible to enroll in the program?

The program is open to candidates from all countries holding a Bachelor's degree in Social Work or in other fields related to Social Work such as Psychology and Social Sciences.

Can the program be completed with a thesis?
The program can be extended for one year in order to complete a research thesis.
Completing the thesis may take up to two years and therefore it is recommended to begin working on the thesis from the first semester studies.
Prerequisites for conducting a research Master's thesis are basic undergraduate courses in statistics and research methods.
An additional fee of $5,000 is required.
What is the projected class size?

Between 20 and 24 students.

What is the estimated cost of living in Tel Aviv?

We estimate the cost of living between $600-$750 per month (not including housing).

Do I need to know any Hebrew?

No, you do not need to have any knowledge of Hebrew to study in the program.

What is the language of instruction?

The language of instruction is English.

What degree does the program award?

The program awards an MA degree. Please note, that while the degree offered by the program is granted by the Bob Shapell School of Social Work, it is not an MSW degree. Graduates of the program will receive a Master of the Arts (MA) degree.

How long is the period of studies?

The period of studies is three semesters long (one academic year) and can be extended for a year to complete a research thesis.

Does the program provide housing?

The MA Program does not provide housing. Students are responsible for acquiring housing independently.

How heavy is the course load? Would it leave me time for additional activities?

The program requires 36 semester hours, which are divided into 13 two-hour classes (each one semester, divided between the three semesters) and two courses that are spread over two semesters: The field visit course (biweekly; 6 semester hours in total). Compared to some countries, such as the US, graduate programs in Israel are built of more courses with a lower workload in each. Thus, 5-6 classes a semester is a normal and quite manageable schedule, which leaves time for additional activities.

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