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University of Hawaii at Manoa

Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

University of Hawaii at Manoa is a land, sea, space, and sun grant research university of international standing with pioneering research and strengths. The vision of Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work is achieving social justice and health equity for the people of Hawaiʻi and citizens in a changing world. The PhD in Social Welfare 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 a variety of approaches, including indigenous and mixed method approaches. As the only school in Hawaiʻi that offers a Ph.D. in Social Welfare, our program emphasizes knowledge development which enhances the wellbeing of Native Hawaiians, and the diverse people and communities of Hawai`i and Asian-Pacific Region. Built upon fundamental knowledge and research methods, our curriculum is customized to each student’ interests through a specialization plan. With advanced research and leadership training, a variety of career opportunities become available, including research and academic positions, as well as positions in government offices and non-profit organizations.  The program requires 46 credits for graduation besides dissertation research; the average time to degree is five years.

University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Public
  • PhD in Social Welfare
  • In-Person Program Only
  • Full and Part-time Enrollment
  • 3-5 Students
  • Yes
  • Yes, there is no cut-off score
  • Yes, MSW or other master's degree required
  • No, but preferred
  • No

Substantive Research Areas of Faculty

  • Addiction/Substance Use
  • Adolescent and Youth Development
  • Aging/Gerontology
  • Child Welfare
  • Children & Families
  • Community Practice/Macro Practice
  • Corrections/Criminal Justice/Restorative Justice
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • LGBT Issues & Services
  • Mental Health
  • Organizations, Management & Administration
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Education
  • Work/Family/Family Policy

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