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The Department of Social Sciences shall become a leading department in the region, exemplifying the highest intellectual standards offered in leading universities throughout the world.
The Program's mission is to develop generalist social workers who will be critical and strategic thinkers, life-long learners and opinion shapers. The knowledge-base, skills, and values necessary for entry-level generalist social work practice will be taught in an environment that fosters sensitivity and integration of Qatari culture, professional ethics and values. Students will be prepared for leadership roles and to meet the challenges of a dynamic twenty-first century world. They will be especially trained to take appropriate action in their field guided by the best available scientific evidence and work ethics.
The objectives of the Social Work Program are driven by its mission of preparing students for entry-level generalist practice. These goals portray the meaning and purpose of professional generalist social workers, who must be able to practice effectively within any given person-in-the environment context.
The Social Work Program will prepare students to:
- Develop an overview of social work as a profession historically, globally, and culturally.
- Introduce a perspective on social work theoretical frameworks.
- Provide perspective in social work on core values, social justice and ethics.
- Develop a perspective on basic professional skills in social work.
Upon completion of the major, students will be able to:
- Recognize the role of culture in the context of social work.
- Recognize the roles of Ethics in social work practice.
- Apply basic social work skills in practice.
- Apply strategies to respond to local and global community socio economic needs.
- Apply international sociological code of ethics.
- Apply basic research skills to social work issues.
- Develop effective communication skills important for social work practice.
All applicants who have never attended a university or who have not earned at least 24 credit hours at a university and who are applying to Qatar University as either Foundation Program or Undergraduate applicants are classified as First Year applicants. First Year applicants may apply for either Fall or Spring admission. First Year admits are not eligible to receive transfer credit consideration for coursework completed prior to their semester of admission to QU.
High School Requirements
All applicants to Qatar University must complete a minimum of 12 years of formal education and their transcript results must be certified by the appropriate educational agency. The high school grade requirements mentioned in this section are minimum scores, they do not guaranteed admission, and they may change according to the strength of the applicant pool and the available capacity in each college or major. Additionally, high school requirements do vary by college and individual colleges reserve the right to stipulate additional requirements to the admission minimums listed below.
Qatari Secondary School Certificate
- General Secondary Schools
The 12th grade final high school percentage is used when considering applicants from General Secondary Schools.
- Independent Schools
Graduates from Independent Schools in the academic year 2009/2010 onwards are admitted according to Qatar Senior School Certificates (QSSC) on the basis of the final total result for the last year. For students who have obtained the Independent Certificate before the academic year 2009/2010, they will be admitted on the basis of the table of Score Equivalency in each Academic Year.
Private and International School Certificates
ِِApplicants from the following educational systems must satisfy the admission requirements:
- Grade Point Average (GPA) System
- Awarded a High School Diploma in a General Studies Curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale (“C”) and satisfies the minimum high school percentage requirement during the final year of high school.
- Passed at least six different subjects including at least one science (biology, physics, chemistry), one mathematics (algebra, trigonometry, geometry), and one English Language course during the Junior or Senior year.
- British Secondary School System
- Earned at least five IGSCE (O Level) subjects with a minimum grade of "D" and a minimum of two subjects at the Advanced (A) or (AS) level or a combination of (A) and (AS) level subjects with a minimum grade of "D".
- As the official results for this school system will be released after QU has announced admission decisions, applicants may submit predicted grades in addition to official result certificates by the submission deadline. Applicants who submit predicted high school grades (pdf) will be considered for Provisional Admission.
- International Baccalaureate (IB) System
- Completion of the full IB Diploma with at least 2 subjects at the HL and the other 4 subjects at SL level.
- The student should have attained a total grade point score of 24 out 42, excluding grades for Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay.
- As the official results for this school system will be released after QU has announced admission decisions, applicants may submit predicted grades by the submission deadline. Applicants who submit predicted high school grades (pdf) will be considered for Provisional Admission.
- KSA School System:
In order to be considered for admission to Qatar University, applicants from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must complete High School & pass the National Exam for Assessment in Higher Education with the minimum percentage required by their major/program of choice, for male students starting from 1422/1423 (2002/2003), for female students starting from 1430 (2009).
Qatar University supports a wide variety of scholarships recipients each academic year in order to attract highly qualified students. While the vast majority of academic scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and scholarly achievement, Qatar University also provides other scholarships that also consider financial need. All scholarships cover the cost of tuition fees while the benefits of some scholarships may also include one or more of the following benefits: free accommodation in university dormitories, transportation to and from the University, and a yearly airfare ticket to the home country for students who are not residents of Qatar.The student shall pay the due penalties in case he/she drops courses, or withdraw from the semester.
Scholarships contained within this guide includes only first bachelor students and students who transfer from other universities to Qatar University. Non-degree applicants, visiting students and applicants seeking a second bachelor's degree are not eligible for academic scholarships offered by Qatar University.