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Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare

Statement of Purpose and Goals

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work PhD program prepares students for leadership in the advancement of social welfare education, practice, policy development, and research. The program promotes social justice and global understanding through scholarly inquiry using indigenous and mixed method approaches. Emphasis is placed on knowledge development which enhances the wellbeing of Native Hawaiians and the diverse people and communities of Hawai‘i and the Asian-Pacific Region.

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Program Goals and Educational Objectives.

PhD Curriculum

The doctoral program is designed to provide sufficient structure to allow students to progress smoothly through the program and, at the same time, provide the flexibility and rigor that are the hallmarks of doctoral education. The organization of the curriculum is divided into core required courses to ensure that all students are equipped with comparable basic knowledge; specialization work, in which students largely design their own curriculum; electives; a dissertation design requirement; and the dissertation. The PhD in Social Welfare requires 46 hours of course credit excluding dissertation credits.

For more information about the PhD Program, please refer to the Myron B. Thompson Department of Social Work Bulletin at: https://www.hawaii.edu/sswork/bulletin.html


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

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