Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
Bachelor of Social Work
The primary goal of the BSW program is to prepare students to be competent, beginning level professionals and generalist practitioners capable of integrating the knowledge, skills, and values of social work, based on a liberal arts foundation. The program's secondary goal is to prepare students for advanced social work education. The program combines both academic course work and field practicum in a two-year course of study beginning in the junior year. The curriculum is predicated on and extends the liberal arts perspective.
The applicant must: (a) have been admitted to UH Manoa; (b) have completed UH's General Education Core requirements (special consideration is given to second semester sophomores for early admission); (c) have completed the knowledge-base courses identified by the school; (d) have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; and (e) provide evidence of motivation for and commitment to social work education (e.g., personal, volunteer, and/or social-work-related experience).
Students are admitted to the BSW program in the fall and spring semesters.
February 1 for the fall semester; October 1 for spring.
The student must (a) fulfill all UH Core requirements; (b) complete the required undergraduate social work curriculum listed below; (c) earn an aggregate of no less than 120 credit hours; and (d) have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Candidates must complete the following curriculum requirements:
Master of Social Work
The MSW curriculum prepares students for professional advanced practice and requires 57 credit hours. The course work must be completed within a four-year period, of which four semesters of practicum and completion of the research requirement are required. Students may waive some foundation courses by examination and reduce the number of credits needed to receive their degree.
The foundation curriculum covers social welfare policies and services; human behavior in the social environment; research; social work practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities; and practicum. The advanced curriculum is organized around four concentrations: child and family, gerontology, health, or mental health. Elective courses in such areas as family therapy, substance abuse, criminal justice, child abuse, gerontology, and cultural practices may be offered.
Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or its equivalent from a recognized foreign institution of higher learning; a 3.0 GPA; evidence of the ability to manage the rigors of graduate school; a liberal arts background; and evidence of motivation for social work as a career.
February 1 (MSW admission occurs in the fall only).
For further information, write to the school at Henke Hall #230, 1800 East West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822, call (808) 956-7182, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or check the website at www.hawaii.edu/sswork.
Neighbor Island Distance Education MSW Delivery Option:
December 15, 2012 for Fall 2013 admission.
The MSW degree is now available to neighbor island residents via distance education technology. Classes include instruction via interactive television, computer-based delivery, face-to-face onsite, and hybrid or blended approaches. It is a three-year program that offers a child and family concentration.
For more information, call (808) 956-9470 or visit the website atwww.hawaii.edu/sswork/de.
PhD in Social Welfare
The PhD program prepares students for leadership roles in the advancement of social welfare education, practice, policy development, and research. It promotes social justice and global understanding through scholarly inquiry using indigenous and mixed method approaches. Emphasis is placed on knowledge development, which enhances the wellbeing of Native Hawaiians, the diverse people and communities of Hawai'i, and the Asian-Pacific Region. The curriculum and program of study place highest priority on independent inquiry and the enhancement of intellectual, creative, and analytical abilities. Each student will develop the ability to conduct independent research on a critical social problem.
The program is designed to provide sufficient structure to guide students as well as the flexibility and rigor that are the hallmarks of doctoral education. The curriculum is divided into required courses ensuring that all students are equipped with comparable basic knowledge; specialization work, in which students largely design their own curriculum; teaching and research practica; electives; a dissertation design and proposal requirement; and the dissertation. The PhD in social welfare requires 46 hours of course credit excluding dissertation credits.
January 15 (PhD admission occurs in the fall only).
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