skip to Main Content

BSW Admission

Spring 2023 Application Update

Applications will be available in SocialWorkCAS on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

Applications for Spring 2023 Admissions will be due in SocialWorkCAS on, Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 11:59 PM EST (5:59 PM HST).

PLEASE NOTE THE APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE AND TIME! Applications will close automatically and you will not be able to submit and be considered for Spring 2023 Admission.

BSW Admission Information

Please note that in addition to the specific admission requirements of the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, the rules and requirements of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa must also be observed. For additional information, refer to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Office of Admissions website.

For additional academic information consult the current UH Mānoa Catalog. Note that the rules and requirements of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa apply to social work majors and that the special requirements of the Department of Social Work must also be observed.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, the applicant must:

  1. Have been admitted (or be in the process of being admitted) to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (see UHM Office of Admissions – Transfer Admission);
  2. Have completed (or be in the process of completing) the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa general education core requirements;
  3. Have completed (or be in the process of completing) the knowledge-base requirement courses identified by the BSW Program with a grade of C or better;
  4. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5; and
  5. Provide evidence of motivation for and commitment to social work (e.g., personal, volunteer, and/or social work-related experience).

All applications for admissions at the Department of Social Work are submitted on SocialWorkCAS.  SocialWorkCAS

An application fee of $45 will be charged in addition to application fees charged by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions offices.

The SocialWorkCAS application fee will not be charged until you submit your application.  Start your application now and pay when you are ready to apply!

Click on SocialWorkCAS to create your account.

SocialWorkCAS Quick Start Guide and FAQs.

Pre-Social Work Advising

Pre-social work advising is available; to schedule a Zoom meeting please email  or call (808) 956-7182.

Admissions Information Sessions

Learn more about studying social work at the Thompson School by attending one of our upcoming Admissions Information Sessions.

  • 08/30/2022 – 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • 09/02/2022 – 12:00pm -1:00pm 
  • 09/16/2022 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • 09/27/2022 – 5:00pm – 6:00 pm

View a copy of the presentation here.

Application Requirements

Application deadlines for admission to the BSW program:

  • Fall admission: February 1 | 11:59 PM EST
  • Spring (early) admission: October 15 | 11:59 PM EST (5:59 PM HST)

To apply

To apply for Spring 2023 admission to the BSW program

  1. If you are not already a UH Mānoa student, submit a transfer application to the UH Mānoa Office of Admissions – UHM Office of Admissions – Transfer Admission.
  2. Complete the SocialWorkCAS application, including:
    • “Personal Information” section
    • Three (3) Reference Requests (letters of recommendation) via “Supporting Information” section
    • In “Academic History” section
      • Complete “Colleges Attended”
      • Then upload unofficial transcript for each college attended
    • In “Program Materials” section

For more information on admissions, please contact us at sswadmit@hawaii.edu. Information on other fees, refunds, and definitions of Hawaiʻi residency, can be found at the UH Mānoa Catalog: http://www.catalog.hawaii.edu.

Transfer and International Applicants

Please go to the following link for more information regarding transferring to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/transfer.html

Please go to the following link for more information for International Students: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/international.html

Back To Top