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The Masters of Social Work Degree
Distance Education Option
for Neighbor Island Residents


  • The MSW DE Option is similar to the three-year campus-based MSW program, except for delivery method
  • Classes are delivered via a hybrid, or blended approach, using interactive television (called HITS), computer-based technology, with some face-to-face instruction
  • Interactive television (ITV) site locations include Līhu‘e, Kaua`i; Kahului and Hāna, Maui; Hilo and Kealakekua, Hawai`i Island; Kaunakaka`i, Moloka`i; and Lana`i City, Lana`i
  • Not all concentrations of the MSW program are available via the DE option
  • Students progress through the program in cohort formats of 25-30 students
  • Cohorts are admitted two out of every three years
  • Classes are offered evenings and weekends
  • Students participate in daytime practicums (internships)
  • An Advanced Standing option is available for any applicant holding a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a CSWE accredited program which was awarded within seven years of the anticipated MSW graduation date. Acceptance as an advanced standing student is not guaranteed. Being awarded Advanced Standing means participation in either a one or two-year, rather than a three-year program of study
  • Students must have access to a reliable PC or laptop with reliable highspeed Internet access (please see Tech Requirements)
  • Long-range plans include expanding to the Pacific region, as well as offering BSW and Ph.D. degree courses
  • Click HERE to view a presentation with more information about the DE MSW Option.