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About the Department of Social Work

The mission of the Department of Social Work is to provide educational excellence that advances social work with its focus on social justice. The principal responsibility is the generation, transmission, and application of knowledge for the global enterprise with special attention to Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Islander, and Asian populations in our state and region..

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Our Programs

Bachelor’s of Social Work

This program involves a two-year course of study beginning in the junior year. It combines both academic course work and field practicum.

Master’s of Social Work

The MSW program prepares professional social workers for advanced practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in one of four fields of service: children and families, behavioral mental health, health and gerontology.

PhD Program

Our program prepares students for leadership in the advancement of social welfare education, practice, policy development, and research.


Our faculty have an immense variety of research interests affecting many under-served and neglected groups of people.

Tiffanie Keliinui-Mccreadie

“I've gained a lot of confidence from the [Ethel H. Yamane Endowed Scholarship]... someone believes in me.”

Tiffanie Keliinui-Mccreadie
Master's of Social Work, '19
Jorge Delva

“I am eternally grateful for the high-quality education I received at the Thompson School.”

Jorge Delva
PhD '96, MSW '92, BSW '89
Brooke Evans

“(My) experiences with faculty, staff and fellow students... helped me develop a solid professional sense of self and launch my career in social work and health policy.”

Brooke Evans
Master's in Social Work, '05
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