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Bachelors of Social Work

The University of Hawaiʻi confers a bachelor of social work (BSW) degree on undergraduate students who have majored in social work and completed all the academic requirements of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. This program involves a two-year course of study beginning in the junior year. It combines both academic course work and field practicum.


BSW Grading Option for Spring 2020

The BSW Program, in accordance with UHM policy, requires that all courses taken for the major be evaluated using letter grades.  This includes Knowledge Base courses, SW core courses and required upper division electives.  In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic and in accordance with UH Executive Policy 5.211, students taking BSW Program Knowledge Base (prerequisite) courses and upper division electives at UHM and/or other UH System campuses during the spring 2020 semester will have the option of utilizing traditional letter grades or transitioning to Credit/No Credit grades. 

The minimum threshold for acceptance of Knowledge Base and upper division elective credits by the BSW Program was and remains C or higher.  Because EP 5.211 states the Credit in the Credit/No Credit system represents a letter grade of C or higher the transition to Credit/No Credit for the spring 2020 semester maintains the minimum thresholds and the integrity of BSW Program requirements.

Please note that the acceptance of Credit in Credit/No Credit grading for BSW Knowledge Base courses and upper division electives is for the spring 2020 semester only.  In this way students will be held harmless as they, the UH system, Mānoa, and the BSW Program respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Students and advisors should be aware, however, that the minimum GPA of 2.5 and all other programmatic requirements remain unchanged.


Licensure and State Authorization

Once the student has completed the Bachelor’s in Social Work program and has successfully completed the application paperwork with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, including passing the ASWB’s Bachelors examination, they  will be eligible to obtain a state license as a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW) in the State of Hawaiʻi. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Department of Social Work may not be able to confirm whether a particular program meets the professional licensure requirements outside of the State of Hawaiʻi and recommends that the student contact the respective professional licensing board to determine the licensure requirements in the state in which the student wishes to practice.

BSW Goals and Objectives

BSW Program Information

BSW Admission Information

BSW Forms

BSW Courses

BSW Program Assessment & Evaluation


Pre-BSW Peer Advisors

Peer Advisor Hours

The Peer Advisors are currently not on duty.

If you have any questions, please contact sswadmit@hawaii.edu or call (808) 956-7182.

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