MA program for students with a BA in social work
The Master's degree program at the School of Social Work is intended for social workers practicing in the field. The program aims to provide students with theoretical knowledge and advanced clinical practice skills in various areas of social work and social welfare, including development of skills for therapy, intervention, and research. In addition, the program aims to train students for positions in administration, supervision, and development and evaluation of services.
Students choose one of the two tracks:
Track 1 – with Thesis
In addition to providing theoretical knowledge and advanced specific clinical practice skills, this track aims to promote research and creation of new knowledge in the field of social work, as well as to develop the students' ability for professionalization as researchers. To equip the students with knowledge and tools for conducting and understanding research, they are provided with basic, systematic instruction on the principles of scientific thinking, research methods, and statistics to accompany the experience they acquire in conducting research. The School of Social Work provides students with a supervisor, who accompanies them in all stages of their research. When they complete the research, the students submit a written Master's thesis and are examined by a committee. The curriculum also includes seminars, practicum and specific courses for each area of specialization.
Track 2 - without Thesis
This track aims to provide theoretical knowledge and unique advanced clinical practice skills in specific areas. The curriculum includes specific research courses, seminars, and practicum for each area of specialization. Students in this track are required to take an examination, which will cover material determined by the School of Social Work.
Areas of Specialization
Students choose one of three areas:
Advanced Clinical Practice
The goal of the specialization is to:
1. Broaden and deepen the students' foundation of knowledge and clinical social work skills acquired during bachelor degree studies.
2. Provide the students with new theoretical knowledge, to deepen their existing knowledge, and to teach them advanced therapy and research skills - in order to improve their performance in the field.
3. Require its practitioners to possess vast skill and knowledge in detecting and diagnosing problems and in employing appropriate therapeutic means to cope with these problems.
4. Enhance the ability of social workers with clinical, as well as supervision experience, to utilize various frameworks that stress individual, group, or family therapy in their practice.
5. Broaden and deepen diagnostic and clinical skills in individual, group or family therapy.
Rehabilitation and Health
This area of specialization aims to advance and develop social workers who work in health services or settings that provide care to persons with disabilities, in areas of health and illness, or in services for the elderly. The curriculum focuses on providing theoretical knowledge in the areas of rehabilitation, health and aging. In addition, emphasis is placed on familiarizing students with dynamic-rehabilitative approaches to the treatment of individuals and families, and on enhancing their clinical skills.
Community and Organizational Development
This area of specialization aims to advance social workers who serve or are interested in serving as administrators and coordinators, and who wish to engage in organization and community development. The program provides community work skills and theoretical knowledge relating to the development of leadership, management and organizational counseling in the public sector and nonprofit organizations. The faculty includes lecturers from the School of Social Work and from the Department of Business Administration. The curriculum is at a level that provides participants with expertise that is recognized and qualifies them for certification by the National Council of Social Workers.
Certification for Supervision and Counseling
Students in all three areas of specialization can attain recognition as a supervisor (a team manager who supervises social workers or students, with certification recognized by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services).
Participants in the program are required to complete the following courses:
- A seminar in counseling and supervision
- A practicum in counseling and supervision
- Two courses in the area of Community and Organizational Development.
The process of admission to this track includes an interview and fulfillment of several criteria.
1. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from one of the universities in Israel or from a recognized university abroad, with a grade point average of 85% and above.
- Students applying for the Advanced Clinical Practice specialization must have at least two years of experience (following completion of their BA degree) in long-term therapy with individuals and receipt of dynamic supervision.
- Students applying for the Rehabilitation and Health specialization must have at least two years of work experience (following completion of their BA degree) in health services or in settings that provide care to persons with disabilities and elderly persons, and receipt of supervision.
- Students applying for the Community and Organizational Development specialization must have at least two years of relevant experience (following completion of their BA degree) in the field of social work.
In exceptional cases, applications of candidates with a BA degree in social work and brief experience in the field will be considered.
Selection of students is based on an overall weighting of all the relevant factors in the candidate's application; these assessments are always relative to the candidates who have applied for that year.
All of the students in the Master's degree program are obligated to work while they are studying (either for pay or as volunteers) at a recognized social service for at least eight hours per week with ongoing supervision.
The Application Process
- Applications for Master's degree studies in Social Work should be submitted through the Bar-Ilan University website: www.biu.ac.il, in accordance with the instructions.
- Additional specific forms which can be accessed on the website of the School of Social Work: www.biu.ac.il/soc/sw/ma_rishum.html should be sent directly to the School.
The admissions committee will only consider candidates who have completed the two stages of registration, and whose files contain all of the required material.
- The admissions committee can invite the candidate for a screening examination or interview, at its discretion.
Duration of Studies
The duration of studies in both tracks is two years.
Quota of Hours and Seminars
Track 1 (with thesis)
18 annual hours and research thesis (in all three specializations)
Seminar and practicum 4 annual hours
Specialization courses 8-10 annual hours
Research courses 4-6 annual hours
Total 18 annual hours
RESEARCH PROPOSALS MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND ACADEMIC YEAR
Instructions for writing the Master's thesis
See the Master's Degree Committee bylaws in the Introduction and Detailed instructions in the school website.
The exam will be oral. It will be based on the thesis and on the bibliography that was used as a basis for the research.
Track 2 (without thesis)
24 annual hours (in all three specializations)
Seminar and practicum 8 annual hours
Specialization courses 12-13 annual hours
Research courses 3-4 annual hours
Total 24 annual hours
Proficiency in the English language is required for Master's Degree admission. Applicants need to pass a screening examination before they begin studying, and take an English course, if needed, in the first year of the program.
In accordance with the general requirements for a Master's degree.