MA in Crisis and Trauma

Tel Aviv University - International Office

Program Description

MA in Crisis and Trauma

Tel Aviv University - International Office


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 a 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).

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 counseling, 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 "Research 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.


The total requirement for the M.A. degree is 36 hours for the entire 3-semester program:

  • Compulsory Courses: 30 hours
  • Elective Courses: 6 hours
  • Field Experience: One day per week


  • The psychological toll of traumatic events: theoretical & conceptual aspects /Dr. Ruvie Rogel
  • Social policy aspects of coping with long-term stress/ Dr. Yossi Korazim
  • Site Visits/ Ms. Yael Goor
  • Research Paradigms & Methods/ Prof. Einat Peled
  • Dealing with stressful & traumatic situations: basic intervention skills/ Dr. Rony Berger
  • Evaluation of Social Services/ Dr. Avital Kaye-Tzadok
  • Theory & practice od social planning & social management/ Dr. Guy Shilo
  • Group intervention in stressful situations/ Dr. Rena Feigin
  • The impact of prolonged exposure to disasters on coping resiliency & general wellbeing/ Dr. Avital Kaye-Tzadok
  • Domestic violence-related stress: assessment & intervention/ Prof. Einat Peled
  • Theory & practice of advancing community-based interventions for acute & long-term crisis in underdeveloped countries/ Dr. Mike Naftali
  • Positive psychology interventions: theory & practice/ Prof. Tammie Ronen
  • Ecological Perspectives of Trauma: From the International to the Individual/ Dr. Alana Siegel
  • Innovative interventions in collective traumatic events: hands-on practice & academic knowledge/ Dr. Ruvie Rogel
  • An integrative Scope of the Mind-Body: implications for Stress, Healt, and Well-Being/ Dr. Noga Tsur
  • Integrating religion & spirituality into psychotherapy/ Dr. Hisham Abu-Raiya


Our program is open to candidates from all countries who hold a bachelor’s degree in social work or a related field.

Application Materials and Requirements

Applicants are asked to submit the following with their online application form (all documents must be in original and sent from their source):

  • Copy of bachelor’s degree diploma
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions you have attended
  • General GPA requirement of 80 on a scale of 100, 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, or C on the ECTS scale. These are approximate and candidates with other strengths are also encouraged to apply.
  • If your transcripts are not written in English, you will need to acquire a translated copy which will need to be notarized for authenticity.
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Personal essay stating academic and career objectives: 300 -500 words presenting the candidate's purpose and interest in pursuing the MA program in Social Work specializing in Crisis and Trauma studies. Please also refer to the connection between the program and your academic and/or professional experience and aspirations.
  • Please note, that while the degree offered by the program is granted by the Bob Shapell School of Social Work, it is not an MSW degree.
  • Resume/CV
  • Your TOEFL or IELTS exam scores, if your native language is not English or your previous academic degree was not taught in English.
  • Minimum TOEFL requirements: 573 on the paper based test; 230 on the computer based test; and 89 on the internet based test. The University's Code is 7704.
  • Minimum IELTS requirements: Overall Band Score of 7.0.
  • $100 USD application fee, payable by credit card or bank transfer.
  • One passport sized photo
  • A Health Declaration form (to be filled out by the applicant) and a Medical Form (to be filled out by a licensed doctor). Both forms are not mandatory while an applicant's file is marked as 'Under Review,' but are highly suggested to be sent in as soon as possible.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017

How to Apply

Complete the application at the university's website.

Each application is assessed on an individual basis according to grades, test scores, essay, and recommendations. At its discretion, the Admissions Committee may also decide to conduct personal interviews with certain applicants. Individuals residing outside of Israel will be interviewed via Skype or telephone.

Once the online application is completed, prospective students will submit two letters of recommendation, a Health Declaration form (after acceptance, students are required to fill out a medical form by their physician)transcripts and TOEFL or IELTS scores (for whom it is applicable).

Scholarships and Funding

TAU International is committed to making education accessible to all students, regardless of their financial backgrounds, and several sources of funding are available, including need-based tuition assistance, delayed payment plans, and external scholarships. TAU also participates in U.S. federal student loan programs. See our extensive information on funding options for international applicants.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 23, 2018
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