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MSW Admission

MSW Admission Information

The following requirements and procedures governing admission to the Office of Graduate Education and the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, are subject to change without prior notice. Prospective students should always consult the most current UH Mānoa Catalog and Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, Department of Social Work Website before applying for admission.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MSW program on a full-time or part-time basis in the Department of Social Work, applicants are required to:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or its equivalent from a recognized foreign institution of higher learning. The standards of the foreign degree in question must be equivalent in both the distribution of academic subject matter and in scholarship achievement requirements to those maintained at the University of Hawaiʻi.
  2. Have a scholarship record in undergraduate and post-baccalaureate work, if any, that indicates potential for professional social work graduate study. Grades attained in the last four semesters, the major, and post-baccalaureate work are important considerations. Applicants are required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (or its equivalent) to be eligible for consideration.
  3. Have a background in the liberal arts. Students with an identified deficiency in a liberal arts area are required to make it up in their first semester in the MSW program.
  4. Provide evidence of personal qualifications, social work, and/or related experiences, motivation, and interest that indicate potential for successful graduate social work education and professional practice.

Application Requirements

Application Deadline for Fall 2022 Admission to MSW Program (both campus-based and distance education options): February 1, 2022

Updated application information will be posted in October 2021!

Applicants for admission to the MSW Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa must submit two separate applications:

  1. Application to the UH Mānoa Graduate Division for admission to the University: See http://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/prospective-students for UHM Graduate Admissions application, requirements, and instructions.
  2. Application to the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health for admission to the MSW program requires:
    • MSW Application
    • Resume
    • Personal Statement
    • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • Official transcripts

** Advanced Standing Applications **

Eligibility: Must have graduated (or expected to graduate) from a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 

Advanced Standing Criteria:

  1. The applicant must meet the admissions criteria for the MSW Program.
  2. Receipt of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree has not been more than seven years from the time that the Master of Social Work degree is to be conferred.
  3. The applicant must have a cumulative Grade Point Ratio (GPR) of 3.0 or higher (4.0 = A scale) and no grade lower than a B- in any Social Work course.

Application Requirements for Advanced Standing applicants:

If the above Advanced Standing criteria are met:

Application to the UH Mānoa Graduate Division for admission to the University: See http://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/prospective-students for UHM Graduate Admissions application, requirements, and instructions.

Application to the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health for admission to the MSW program requires:

  • MSW Application
  • Official transcripts

If the above Advanced Standing criteria are not met:

Application to the UH Mānoa Graduate Division for admission to the University: See http://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/prospective-students for UHM Graduate Admissions application, requirements, and instructions.

Application to the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health for admission to the MSW program requires:

  • MSW Application
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (at least one must be from a teaching or field education faculty or from the BSW program/department chair)
  • Copy of Field Education Evaluations and Learning Contracts
  • Copy of the portion of the university or program catalog that provides information on the applicant’s undergraduate Social Work program degree requirements (not required from UH Mānoa BSW graduates).

 


For more information, please contact the Admissions Office, at (808)956-7182, or email sswadmit@hawaii.edu.

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