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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, mental health, health and gerontology.

MSW Program Objectives

The MSW program objectives reflect the 10 competencies identified as crucial to practice by the Council on Social Work Education (2008). These objectives were affirmed by the MSW Program Committee (2012) and integrated into courses across the masterís curriculum. Upon completion of course work and practicum placement, an MSW student will be able to:

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct her/himself accordingly.
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

For more information, please review the information on this site, or contact Jennifer Kishida, MSW and PhD Program Assistant, at jenkishi@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-3831.