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Bachelors of Social Work

The University of Hawaiʻi confers a bachelor of social work (BSW) degree on undergraduate students who have majored in social work and completed all the academic requirements of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. This program involves a two-year course of study beginning in the junior year. It combines both academic course work and field practicum.

Licensure and State Authorization

Once the student has completed the Bachelor’s in Social Work program and has successfully completed the application paperwork with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, including passing the ASWB’s Bachelors examination, they  will be eligible to obtain a state license as a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW) in the State of Hawaiʻi. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, Department of Social Work may not be able to confirm whether a particular program meets the professional licensure requirements outside of the State of Hawaiʻi and recommends that the student contact the respective professional licensing board to determine the licensure requirements in the state in which the student wishes to practice.

University of Hawaii at Manoa OVCAA Professional Licensure Disclosure 

Pre-BSW Peer Advisors

Peer Advisor Hours

Monday: Not Available
Tuesday: 10:45AM – 2:45PM
Wednesday: Not Available
Thursday: 10:45AM – 2:45PM
Friday: 11:00AM – 2:30PM
To schedule a Zoom meeting, please e-mail or call (808) 956-7182.
Hello! My name is Sheila and I’m a senior double majoring in Political Science and Sustainability Studies with a minor in Filipino. As a Mānoa Peer Advisor (MPA), I hope to help students with their concerns when advising them. I want to make them feel that they are in a safe environment. I also hope that they will not hesitate to ask me any questions. As a first-generation college student, I understand that college can be a little overwhelming and it can definitely be a little confusing, and I want to reassure other students that there are people at the University who are willing to help, including me.
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