MA program for students with a BA in social work
The Master's Degree program in the School of Social Work is intended for practicing social workers. The program aims to provide students with theoretical knowledge and advanced clinical practice skills across a range of areas, including individual intervention, and research. In addition, the program aims to prepare students for positions in administration, supervision, and the development and evaluation of services. On successful completion of the program, students will be awarded an MA degree in Social Work
Students may choose one of two tracks:
Track 1 – with Thesis
In addition to equipping the student with theoretical knowledge, and advanced and specific clinical practice skills, this track aims to promote research and the creation of new knowledge in the social work profession, and to develop the student's competence as a researcher. To equip the student with the knowledge and tools necessary for conducting and understanding research, the course provides fundamental and systematic instruction on the principles of analytic thinking, quantitative and qualitative research methodology, and statistics. The School of Social Work appoints a supervisor for each student, who will support the student throughout the research project. On completion of the research project, the student submits a written Master's thesis, and is examined by a committee. The curriculum also includes seminars, practicum, and specific courses for each area of specialization.
Track 2 - without Thesis
This track is aimed towards equipping the student with theoretical knowledge, and with advanced professional skills, in specific areas. The curriculum includes research courses, a practicum, and seminars specific to each area of specialization.
Students choose one of three Areas of Specialization:
Advanced Clinical Practice
This area of specialization is aimed towards advancing and developing the clinical knowledge and skills of social workers working with individuals, families, and groups. The curriculum focuses on theory and practice in psychodynamic treatment. In addition, emphasis is placed on familiarizing students with other therapeutic orientations in social work, and on enhancing their diagnostic skills.
Rehabilitation and Health
This area of specialization is aimed towards advancing and developing the therapeutic skills of social workers working in the areas of disabilities, health and illness, mental health and services for the elderly. The curriculum focuses on equipping the student with up-to-date theoretical approaches, research skills, and a range of treatment strategies for working with individuals and their families. 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 is aimed towards advancing and developing the knowledge and skills of social workers serving in management or administration roles and in community work, and those interested in developing their professional skills in these roles. The curriculum will equip the student with theoretical knowledge from a multi-disciplinary perspective, as well as the tools and skills necessary for working at both the macro- and micro-levels: areas of study include policy and policy practice, working with communities, organizations, families and individuals. The program, in addition, develops theoretical knowledge on leadership, management and organizational counseling in the public sector and with nonprofit organizations. In line with the interdisciplinary vision of this area of specialization, the faculty includes lecturers from the School of Social Work and from other disciplines. The curriculum meets the requisite level of expertise required for certification by the National Council of Social Workers.
Certification for Counseling, Training and Supervision
Students from all three areas of specialization may study on this program.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive certification 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 admission process for this program includes an interview, and the fulfillment of specified criteria.
1. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from a university in Israel, or from a recognized foreign university, with a Grade Point Average of 85% or above.
2. Students applying for the Advanced Clinical Practice specialization must have at least two years' experience (following completion of their undergraduate degree) of providing long-term therapy to individuals, and should be receiving ongoing supervision from a social worker with an master's degree.
Students applying for the Rehabilitation and Health specialization must have at least two years' experience (following completion of their undergraduate degree) in health services, or in a setting(s) that provide care to persons with disabilities or elderly persons, and should be receiving ongoing supervision from a social worker.
Students applying for the Community and Organizational Development specialization must have at least two years' experience (following completion of their undergraduate degree) in providing community work or individual work, and should be receiving ongoing supervision from a social worker.
3.For the thesis track:
* Grade of at least 85% in the Research Methods course in their undergraduate degree.
* Grade of at least 85% in the Statistics and SPSS course in their undergraduate degree
* Exemption from English language requirements at undergraduate level, or a grade of at least 85% in an English language course at undergraduate level.
In exceptional cases, consideration will be given to applicants with a BA in social work who do not meet all the listed criteria.
Selection of students is based on an overall weighting of all the relevant factors in the candidate's application; the assessment will be made with reference to all other applicants for the specific year.
All students on the Master's Degree program are expected to work (either paid, or as a volunteer) for the duration of their studies with a recognized social service, for at least eight hours per week and with ongoing supervision.
In the first year of study in the Advanced Clinical Practice track, as part of the compulsory individual therapy course (Part A), the student will be expected to provided individual clinical treatment to two adults (aged 17 and over) throughout the academic year.
The Application Process
1. Applications for the Master's Degree program should be submitted through the Bar-Ilan University website: www.biu.ac.il, in accordance with the instructions.
2. Additional specific forms can be accessed on the website of the School of Social Work: https://social-work.biu.ac.il/applicants_MA and should be returned directly to the School.
The admissions committee will only consider candidates who have completed both stages of the registration process, and whose files contain all the requested information.
3.The admissions committee may invite the candidate for a screening examination or interview at its discretion.
Duration of Studies
The duration of studies, for both tracks, is two years.
The School may permit, on the recommendation of the head of the department and the thesis advisor, an extension of one year, for the purpose of completing thesis requirement.
Quota of Hours and Seminars
Track 1 (with thesis)
36 credit points and research thesis (for all three specializations)
Seminar and practicum - 8 credit points
Specialization courses - 16-20 credit points
Research courses - 8-12 credit points
Total - 36 credit points
RESEARCH PROPOSALS MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND ACADEMIC YEAR
Instructions for writing the Master's thesis
Please see Master's Degree Committee bylaws in the Introduction, and detailed instructions in the School website.
Examination will be by oral defense of the student's thesis, and will be based on student's submitted work, and on the bibliography submitted as the basis for the research and thesis
Track 2 (without thesis)
48 credit points (for all three specializations)
Seminar and practicum - 16 credit points
Specialization courses - 24-26 credit points
Research courses - 6-8 credit points
Total - 48 credit points
English language proficiency
Proficiency in the English language is required for admission to the Master's Degree program. Applicants must pass a screening examination before the commencement of their studies, and will be asked to take an English course during the first year of the program if necessary (for information on the screening exams, the level of courses required, and eligibility criteria for exemptions, see the Introduction).
In accordance with the general requirements for a master's degree (please see the Introduction).
Proficiency in the English language is required for Master's Degree admission. Applicants need to pass a screening examination before the commencement of their studies, and will be asked to take an English course during the first year of the program if necessary (for information on the screening exams, the level of courses required, and eligibility criteria for exemptions, see the Introduction).
For additional information, please contact Idit Porat, Coordinator of Postgraduate Programs
E-mail: sw.ma@ biu.ac.il