Programs of Study

The studies toward a BSW degree last three years and include theoretical and applied courses, as well as professional, practical training in the field, taking place under guidance in various welfare services. The basic courses explore relevant concepts in the social sciences and the humanities (psychology, sociology, economics, law, philosophy of science, research methods, statistics, etc.), and introduce the students to the welfare system and the state’s social services, as well as to methods and ethics in social work. The practical training complements the theoretical learning and allows the student to experience various interventions and practice professional skills. Further, students can choose to add to their studies a co-curricular cluster in entrepreneurship or data and information science. The BSW degree grants a license to practice social work in Israel upon registration in the register of social workers.


The curriculum of the 2-year MSW degree focuses on the development of professional knowledge and its application, with the aim of training social workers to engage in advanced practice and research, as a preparation for taking leading roles in academia, in social services and in the private and third sectors. The master’s degree is offered in one of four specialization tracks: Human Rights and Policy Practice, the Integrative Track in Treatment and Intervention, Child and Youth Care, and Stress and Trauma.  In each of these tracks, the students may choose to submit a research thesis, based on quantitative or qualitative methods. The thesis topic is chosen by the student or derived from a theme offered by the academic advisor of the thesis seminar offered within the relevant specialization track. Students in the non-thesis track are trained in in-depth critical observation of social work practice and conceptualization of knowledge through intervention.


MSW for Non-BSW Degree Holders
This popular and sought-after 3-year program at the Bob Shapell School of Social Work attracts graduates of all bachelor degrees, other than BSW, who are seeking a career change, and are interested in exploring opportunities for personal development in a diversity of social contexts and harnessing their earned skills for the promotion of social change. The program includes prerequisite academic studies in social work – including two years of supervised field practice – and two years of MSW studies.


PhD and Postdoc
The PhD Program is designed to generate and advance cutting-edge research of high importance and far-reaching applications for the social work profession. While most of the PhD courses are taught in Hebrew, PhD research may be conducted in English. If you wish to explore the possibility of writing a PhD dissertation or serving as a post-doc researcher under the supervision of one of the Bob Shapell School of Social Work senior academics, please contact the relevant scholar in your field of interest, or the Director of the PhD Program.


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