Welcome to the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, PhD Website

P. Morelli

Dear Prospective Student:

Mahalo for considering the Myron B. Thompson, School of Social Work’s PhD Program in Social Welfare in your quest for an advanced degree. Established in 1991, it is the only doctorate degree offered by a U.S. accredited, Pacific Basin-based school of social work.

The PhD program is dedicated to preparing future leaders in the advancement of social welfare education, practice, policy development and research. Our indigenous focus offers students unique opportunities to develop research in a wide variety of areas, such as, child and family welfare, behavioral mental health, gerontology, health disparities, policy development and many other topics within Asian and Pacific, multi-cultural or international contexts. (Faculty research areas: http://www.hawaii.edu/sswork/phd_GradFac.html)

Purposefully, small cohorts allow students to work closely with experienced faculty mentors throughout their doctoral training. Each student accepted into our program is viewed as a future social welfare leader with potential to impact social justice within multiple system levels, disciplines and geographic locations over time. Therefore, upon graduation, students are expected to be competent in applied research, ethics of research and scholarship, teaching, and scholarly writing for publication or presentation of their original work at state, national and international conferences.

To learn more about the program, faculty and admissions, examine the information provided in both MBTSSW and UH Graduate Division websites. For additional questions, contact me at morelli@hawaii.edu or Jennifer Kishida, PhD Program Specialist, at (808) 956-3831 or jenkishi@hawaii.edu.

Aloha Pumehana,

Paula T. Tanemura Morelli, Ph.D.
MBTSSW Doctoral Program Chair