MA Crisis and Trauma Studies

MA Crisis and Trauma Studies

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Program Length: 3 semesters (10 months)

Language of Instruction: English

Tuition:$18,500. Additional $5,000 for optional thesis track.

Admission Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Social Work or related field with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or 80 on a 100 scale

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions 

Gain hands-on experience in one of the world’s hubs for crisis and trauma research. The unique stresses of modern life, combined with natural disasters and geopolitical conditions, have led to the rapid growth of the field of crisis and trauma studies. There is a growing need for trained professionals with the knowledge and experience necessary to handle diverse situations. With Israel and Tel Aviv as a living laboratory for research and practice in the field, there is no better place than TAU to gain deeper knowledge and professional competence in this field alongside the world’s leading experts in crisis and trauma studies.


This one-year program is designed to train students to plan and deliver services in a wide range of personal and communal crises, including public disasters created by war, natural disasters, and terrorism, as well as personal crises related to immigration, domestic violence, divorce, illness and bereavement.


The Crisis and Trauma Program will equip its students with the knowledge and skills to act in two main capacities. The first is as first responders, for which they will learn to identify the immediate and long term needs, to carry out initial interventions, and to refer the persons to the appropriate services for further assistance. The other is as psychosocial disaster and crisis intervention managers, for which they will be taught to develop and implement intervention programs for the stricken groups and communities.


Graduates of the program receive an M.A. degree in Social Work (not an MSW).


To learn more about our program, visit our website.


Program Features

* Students will participate in a one-year field experience in social organizations (Amcha, TLV Gay Center, Brit-Olam, UNHCR and more), where they will learn about the organization and its target population, and plan and implement a social intervention. The experience in the field will be accompanied by the course ‘Theory and Practice of Social Planning and Management’. Students will be guided by course instructors and professionals from the organizations.


* In addition, students will also regularly participate in organized site visits to a range of human services agencies offering counselling, therapy and support to persons exposed to traumatic stressors, such as battered women, children subjected to abuse or neglect, Holocaust survivors and their descendants.


* An optional thesis track is offered to students in the program. Requirements for the thesis track include an additional year, basic undergraduate courses in statistics and research methods and obtained a grade of 85 or higher in the "Reasearch Paradigms and Methods" course (held in the first semester).


Career Success

The program provides graduates with an in-depth knowledge in the field of crisis and trauma, which serves as a strong foundation for careers in governmental and non-governmental organizations around the world that provide services to distressed populations. Graduates are also prepared to take part in developing and operating psycho-educational programs and interventions for affected populations. Graduates draw on skills acquired inside the classroom and beyond when entering or continuing their professional careers.

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