Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Introduction

The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) is an independent institute for learning and research, based in Doha, in the fields of social sciences, humanities, public administration and development economics. Programs of study are offered at the master’s degree level in its three schools: the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the School of Public Administration and Development Economics and the School of Psychology and Social Work. The DI is also home to the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies.

The DI is premised on four interrelated values in accordance with its mission:

  • Arab Contribution to Knowledge Production - Integrating cross-disciplinary learning and research
  • Commitment to Academic Standards - Informed by the latest developments in social sciences, humanities, public administration and development economics
  • Intellectual Responsibility and Critical Awareness - A new generation of intellectuals committed to Arab societies
  • Space for Intellectual Independence - Knowledge and scientific methodology as the basis for freedom of thought

Programs of study are offered at the master’s degree level in two schools: the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the School of Public Administration and Development Economics. In addition, the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at the DI, offers a master's in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action.

The DI welcomed its first cohort of students in the academic year 2015-2016. It is planned that student enrollment will eventually reach between 350 and 400, with study at the doctoral level gradually opening at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.

Designated as a not-for-profit, private institution, the DI is operated exclusively for educational, research and public service purposes. It was founded in 2014, as an autonomous legal entity, by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. The DI is licensed as a national institution of higher education by the Supreme Education Council of Qatar.

Mission

The DI aims through its teaching and learning programs and the research activities of its faculty to achieve its message of universal participation by preparing a new generation of academics and researchers who are independent thinkers and proficient in using international scientific standards and modern interdisciplinary research methodologies and tools, and leading professionals who can advance human knowledge and respond to the needs of the Arab region, resulting in social, cultural and intellectual development.

The DI will adopt the Arabic Language as the main language for study and research, supported by other common languages.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

MSc in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action (CMHA)

Campus Full time September 2019 Qatar Doha

The MSc in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action (CMHA) is a two-year master’s degree that offers students the opportunity to engage with a wide range of subjects including conflict management and resolution, conflict transformation, humanitarianism, negotiation, mediation, state-building and reconstruction theories and practices from both regional and international perspectives. [+]

The MSc in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action (CMHA) is a two-year master’s degree that offers students the opportunity to engage with a wide range of subjects including conflict management and resolution, conflict transformation, humanitarianism, negotiation, mediation, state-building and reconstruction theories and practices from both regional and international perspectives.

In addition to the DI academic staff, students will have the opportunity to engage with a number of distinguished scholars, policymakers, and practitioners from the humanitarian world. Further, the course combines theory and practice in its structure, which includes a field trip, in-class lectures and seminars, and a substantive work placement.... [-]


Master

Master's in History

Campus Full time September 2019 Qatar Doha

The History program aims to create a new generation of Arab researchers in the field of Arab and Islamic History, to build on the experience accumulated by prominent professors in the field of historical studies from Arab and Western universities. This program makes recourse to a multiplicity of new western theories in the field of historical research. The program aims to fathom the depths of the history of economic, political, social and intellectual structures in Arab countries while revisiting historical events with the goal of reinterpretation based on new research methodologies. [+]

The History program aims to create a new generation of Arab researchers in the field of Arab and Islamic History, to build on the experience accumulated by prominent professors in the field of historical studies from Arab and Western universities. This program makes recourse to a multiplicity of new western theories in the field of historical research. The program aims to fathom the depths of the history of economic, political, social and intellectual structures in Arab countries while revisiting historical events with the goal of reinterpretation based on new research methodologies.

The program accords particular importance to the study of Arab history within the various regional and international processes. It also seeks to step into new territory by offering the study of current or immediate history. In all it proposes to do, the program aims to impress on students the necessity of diversifying news sources through exposure to various Arabic and western archives. This exposure to the history of structures and relational history will familiarize students with modern schools of history and will enable them to write Arab history in a new manner, which contributes to overcoming tradition and focusing on new methodological frameworks.... [-]


Master's in Journalism

Campus Full time September 2019 Qatar Doha

The Journalism program aims at preparing a generation of highly-skilled, ethically-grounded Arab journalists who are both aware of contemporary social changes and equipped with the ability to operate successfully in multiplatform news environments. The program focuses on technical and professional journalistic skills and emphasizes journalistic principles of neutrality, independence, accuracy, and fairness. Program graduates will also acquire research tools and skills and broad understanding of issues in media studies, the social sciences, and humanities. [+]

The Journalism program aims at preparing a generation of highly-skilled, ethically-grounded Arab journalists who are both aware of contemporary social changes and equipped with the ability to operate successfully in multiplatform news environments. The program focuses on technical and professional journalistic skills and emphasizes journalistic principles of neutrality, independence, accuracy, and fairness. Program graduates will also acquire research tools and skills and broad understanding of issues in media studies, the social sciences, and humanities. Coursework emphasizes news writing and reporting for print journalism, writing for new media, multimedia storytelling, data journalism, and video production, among other areas.... [-]


Master's in Social Work

Campus Full time September 2019 Qatar Doha

The purpose of social work, a profession dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities, is to promote and enhance human and community well-being. This involves (1) the quest for social and economic justice, (2) the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, (3) the elimination of poverty, and (4) the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons, locally and globally. [+]

The purpose of social work, a profession dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities, is to promote and enhance human and community well-being. This involves (1) the quest for social and economic justice, (2) the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, (3) the elimination of poverty, and (4) the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons, locally and globally.

Our Mission

Our mission is "to educate, train, and empower a new generation of professional social work practitioners and researchers, who are prepared to empower and to meet the human needs of people in Qatar, the region, the Arab World and global community, and enhance their quality of life and well-being, with specific attention to those who are poor, vulnerable, and oppressed. It also prepares graduates for leadership in the community and to contribute to the knowledge base for the profession".... [-]


Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Campus Full time September 2019 Qatar Doha

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) prepares students to work in governmental agencies, community organizations, politics, and international organizations. The degree provides current and prospective public policy professionals with academic and technical knowledge and policy analysis skills needed for public policy analysis and policy-making in the State of Qatar and the Arab world. [+]

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) prepares students to work in governmental agencies, community organizations, politics, and international organizations. The degree provides current and prospective public policy professionals with academic and technical knowledge and policy analysis skills needed for public policy analysis and policy-making in the State of Qatar and the Arab world. Students are given broad exposure to the field of core coursework and are given the opportunity to develop expertise within one of three specializations: Education Policy, Health Policy and Energy and Sustainable Development.

The MPP program mission is to equip Qatari and Arabic-Speaking students with necessary skills for careers in policy-making and analysis. The MPP program embraces values of social equity, effectiveness, justice, sustainable development and ethical stewardship in its curriculum, faculty recruitment, and student admission. The program trains its students in empirical and analytical skills to facilitate policy decisions locally and regionally. The MPP program also aspires to contribute to policy research in Arabic and English.... [-]