Apply for your BSW, MSW, or PhD in Social Welfare
Aloha and mahalo for your interest in applying to study social work at the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health. The University of Hawaiʻi has been training social workers since 1936, and we’ve expanded our degree option to include a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Master of Social Work (MSW), and PhD in Social Welfare.
We are also excited to offer both a Campus-Based and a Distance Education options for our BSW & MSW degree programs.
On this page you will find information and links related to submitting an application for each one of our programs. Join us at one of our Information Sessions or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to reviewing your application and wish you the best!
Learn More About Applying to Our Programs
Learn more about studying social work at the Thompson School by attending one of our upcoming Admissions Information Sessions.
PhD in Social Welfare Sessions
Who should I ask to provide a recommendation?
Applicants are requested to provide three letters of recommendations. When selecting who to provide the reference, consider the following:
Recommenders should be able to give an independent evaluation of your skills and ability to study social work. They should
- Know you professionally or academically but not personally.
- Be able to assess your ability to study social work and your potential for professional social work practice.
Examples of people who fit the above include Academic Instructors and Employment or Volunteer Supervisors.
What will I be evaluated on?
Recommenders answer a series of questions and are required to upload a letter of recommendation that should discuss your skills and abilities that make you a good candidate.
Before submitting the letter, the recommender will also answer the following questions:
- How long have you known the applicant?
- How well do you know the applicant?
- In what capacity do you know the applicant?
- Using the following scale (Not Observed, Poor, Below Average, Average, Good, Excellent), evaluate the candidate on the following:
- Conflict Resolution
- Oral Communication
- Professional Demeanor
- Written Communication
Finally, the recommender will make a “Recommendation Concerning Admission” and select from one of the following:
- I highly recommend this applicant
- I recommend this applicant
- I recommend this applicant with some reservations
- I am not able to recommend this applicant
Will I see the recommendation?
Applicants will be required to select whether they would like to “waive my right of access to this reference.” If you select this option, you are not able to access the reference.
The recommender as well as those that review your application will know if you have waived your right to access the reference.