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Masters 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.

Mānoa-based MSW Admissions Information Meetings

Manoa based MSW Zoom Info Sessions flyer

Please attend one of our Zoom info sessions!

  • October 12 (Mon), Noon – 1:30 pm*
  • October 15 (Thurs), 5 pm – 6:30 pm
  • November 4 (Weds), 9 am – 10:30 am*
  • November 12 (Thurs), 5 pm – 6:30 pm
  • December 1 (Tues), 5 pm – 6:30 pm
  • January 7 (Thurs), 5 pm – 6:30 pm

*Focused on Advanced Standing Information

Please contact us at: to access the Zoom link. Questions? Contact the Dept. of Social Work MSW Admissions Office at: or (808) 956-3833

For disability-related accommodations, please contact Mari Ono, MSW at: at least 2 weeks prior to your selected session.

Licensure and State Authorization

Once the student has completed the Master’s of Social Work Degree program and has successfully completed the application paperwork with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, including passing the ASWB’s Masters examination, they will be eligible to obtain a state license as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) 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.

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