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The University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences (USWRS) was established in 1992. Due to USWRS’s goals and also because of increasing consideration to social problems in Iran, department of social work was established in 1993 and has offered a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (the normative study period is 4 years)since then.  In 1997 it started its Master programme in Social Work and draws students from different parts of Iran for all its courses (the normative study period is 2 years). Due to the demand of national institutions and organizations and the need of the country for specialists at high levels of planning and policymaking, the department started its Doctoral programme (leading to PhD. degree) in Social Work in 2005(the normative study period is 2 years).