Ph.D. Degree Studies

The Ph.D. program aims to encourage academic excellence and professional leadership among the students by promoting them in research and scientific thinking, as well as in evaluation of policy and services. The program enables the students to deepen their knowledge in a specialized area, improve their research skills, and conduct an original empirical research in their field of research. The duration of studies is four years. Upon completion of all requirements, students will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are subject to university regulations. Basic requirements include a Bachelor's degree (BA) in social work and a Master's degree (MA, MSW; thesis track) in social work or a related field. In addition, applicants are required to have achieved a final grade of 86 or above in their Master's degree and a score of 86 or above for their research thesis. The research topic of the dissertation must be relevant to the profession of social work.


The Application Process

Applications should be submitted between February and June 2016 to the Doctoral Committee of the School of Social Work, in accordance with the details on the school website. Suitable candidates will then be requested to submit their applications to the university's School of Graduate Studies. Acceptance is subject to the regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.



The curriculum follows the principles of scientific thinking, research skills, and the development of academic capabilities, scientific writing and reading. Thus the study program includes the school’s colloquium, doctoral seminar, various workshops especially designed for doctoral students, statistics and qualitative research methods*.

*the curriculum is subject to changes


Conditions for Completion of Studies

To qualify for a doctorate, the student must fulfill the following requirements:

1. Completion of course requirements within the first two years of study.

2. Participation in the school’s Colloquium during all four years.

3. Meeting of additional conditions of the university, such as studies in advanced English for the doctoral degree and courses in basic Jewish studies, within four years.

4. Submission of the doctoral dissertation to the School of Graduate Studies.


Areas of Specialization

1. Social Issues

Poverty, unemployment, ethnicity, migration and immigration diversity, minority groups, violence, multiculturalism, NGOs, social networks, violence and substance abuse.

2. Management and Community

Leadership and volunteering, client participation, community development and empowerment, community planning, social policy, implementation and innovation in social service provision, , models for organizational development, social justice, decision making business-community relationship., crisis management, conflict resolution.

3. Family Welfare

Young families, the new family, parenthood and grandparenthood, families of children or adults with illness or disabilities, domestic violence, children at risk, , intergenerational relations, sex and sexuality, life transitions.

4. Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence

Rights of minors, best interests of the child, out-of-home placement, adolescent violence, children and adolescents in various life situations, risk taking.

5. Elderly People

Emotional and cognitive states, physical health, support systems, ageism, semi-professional workers.

6. Health, Mental Health, and Rehabilitation

Disability, health, mental health, and rehabilitation policy,  psycho-social factors in health and illness, adherence to medical treatment, coping with crisis and life transitions, facing traumatic events, post-trauma, fertility and infertility, the social worker's role in health services, suicidal behavior, recovery.

7. Treatment and Intervention Methods

Clinical theories, therapeutic relationship, object relations and psychoanalysis, psychopathology, development of intervention models in social work, group therapy, art therapy, therapeutic work with children and youth, CBT, intervention assessment.

8. Social Work Education

Social work practice, supervision in social work, supervisor-supervisee relations, effectiveness in supervision, collateral relations in supervision, initiation and changes in supervision constructs and processes.


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