Welcome to The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

Message from the Dean


J. MatsuokaAloha pumehana,

Mahalo piha for your interest in the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. As one of the premier schools of social work in the Pacific-Asia region, we are dedicated to providing an educational experience that is anchored in excellence. Challenges and opportunities abound for social workers in a global community that is increasingly more culturally diverse. Our principal responsibility is the creation and transmission of knowledge reflecting the advancement of social work and the achievement of social justice as the "noble cause." Our unique focus is on resolving critical social problems that challenge a multicultural world, with specific attention to indigenous wisdom and perspectives.

The BSW, MSW and PhD programs prepare students to be educated global citizens who advance social justice. As of this year, our BSW and MSW programs have been fully reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education for a maximum of 8 years, 2010-2018. Our faculty are highly knowledgeable, vastly experienced, and fully committed to the educational enterprise, and are well-known in endeavors of practice, policy and research. Faculty specialists in child and family, gerontology, health, and behavioral health, function as leaders in the School and the community. In broadening our educational reach beyond the Mānoa campus, our distance education option provides neighbor island residents with an opportunity to achieve their MSW degree via a blended approach of interactive television, computer-based technology, and face-to-face instruction.

I invite you to review our information and consider acquiring your education at our School in Hawai‘i – one of the most culturally diverse communities in the world.

Me ka ‘oiā‘i‘o,

Noreen Mokuau, D.S.W.,
Dean and Professor