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Social Work

United Arab Emirates University

18 months
372 EUR/credit 7440 EUR/year
372 EUR/credit 7440 EUR/year
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The Social Work program will prepare United Arab Emirates University's 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 from United Arab Emirates University 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Models and Methods of Social Work Practice
  • Leadership & Supervision
  • Intermediate Social Work Research
  • Social Work & Traditional Help Seeking Behavior
  • Social Work & Addictions
  • Techniques in Rehabilitation Counseling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits

30 credit hours - students with a bachelor degree in Social Work

60 credit hours - students with a bachelor degree in disciplines other than social work


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Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, in all undergraduate work;
  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research; and
  • A score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic exam or equivalent, for all disciplines delivered predominantly in English

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7440 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 372 EUR per credit during 18 months.
  • National

    7440 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 372 EUR per credit during 18 months.

1600 Fee per Credit Hour (AED) 


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