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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.

Beginning with Fall 2022 Admissions, all applications for admissions at the Department of Social Work will be using 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.

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 a regionally 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.

Admissions Information Sessions

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

  1. Wednesday, October 6, 2022 at 5:00-6:30pm
  2. Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 12:00-1:00pm
  3. Tuesday, November 17, 2022 at 5:00-6:30pm
  4. Friday, December 9, 2022 at 12:00-1:00pm **Session will focus on the Advanced Standing application.
  5. Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 5:00-6:30pm

Drop-in Q&A Session

January 7, 2022 – 12:00pm – 1:30pm

View a copy of the presentation here.

Application Requirements

Application Deadline for Fall 2022 Admission to MSW Program (both campus-based and distance education options): February 1, 2022 | 11:59 PM EST.

To apply

1. Submit an application for admission to the University of Hawaii at Manoa Graduate Division. See the UHM Graduate Division website for more information and instructions on how to apply.

2. Complete the SocialWorkCAS application, including:

  • “Personal Information” section
  • Three (3) Reference Requests (letters of recommendation) via “Supporting Information”
  • In “Academic History” section
    • Complete “Colleges Attended”
    • Then upload unofficial transcript for each college attended
  • In “Program Materials”
    • Respond to all required questions via the “Questions” tab
    • Submit any required documents via the “Documents” tab
    • Provide required information via the “Prerequisites” tab

Advanced Standing Admissions and 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 of admission into the MSW Program.
  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.

If the above Advanced Standing criteria ARE met:

To apply

1. Submit an application for admission to the University of Hawaii at Manoa Graduate Division. See the UHM Graduate Division website for more information and instructions on how to apply.

2. Complete the SocialWorkCAS application, including:

  • “Personal Information” section
  • “Supporting Information” section
    • SocialWorkCAS requires you to enter “References in order to submit your application.
    • Please use the following email addresses and info to complete your application
      • Email addresses
        • swsas@hawaii.edu
        • sswde@hawaii.edu
        • sswadmit@hawaii.edu
      • First Name
        • MSW
      • Last Name
        • Advanced Standing
      • Personal Message to Your Evaluator
        • Advanced Standing applicant that has met criteria.
  • In “Academic History” section
    • Complete “Colleges Attended”
    • Then upload unofficial transcript for each college attended
  • In “Program Materials”
    • Respond to all required questions via the “Questions” tab
    • Submit any required documents via the “Documents” tab
    • Provide required information via the “Prerequisites” tab.

If the above Advanced Standing criteria ARE NOT met:

To apply

1. Submit an application for admission to the University of Hawaii at Manoa Graduate Division. See the UHM Graduate Division website for more information and instructions on how to apply.

2. Complete the SocialWorkCAS application, including:

  • “Personal Information” section
  • Three (3) Reference Requests (letters of recommendation) via “Supporting Information”
    • At least one must be from a teaching or field education faculty or from the BSW program/department chair
  • In “Academic History” section
    • Complete “Colleges Attended”
    • Then upload unofficial transcript for each college attended
  • In “Program Materials”
    • Respond to all required questions via the “Questions” tab
    • Submit any required documents via the “Documents” tab
      • Resume
      • Personal Statement
      • 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).
    • Provide required information via the “Prerequisites” tab

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

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