Bachelor of Social Work – Distance Education Option

Asynchronous learning

Online courses on your schedule

The Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health is proud to offer the only Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Distance Education (DE) Option program in the state of Hawai‘i. The DE Option provides you the flexibility to pursue a degree in Social Work based on your location and schedule. 


The BSW program is available on a part-time or full-time schedule to you once you have completed your General Education Core Requirements. You can complete the program while remaining in your home community (Hawai‘i, Moloka‘i, Kaua‘i, Maui, Lana‘i, or O‘ahu). Most classes are delivered asynchronously online and in a condensed 5-week format while the Field Education requirements are fulfilled in community agencies under certified social workers’ supervision. Once you complete the required course and fieldwork, you will be awarded a BSW degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

You will take courses within four sequences and complete field experiences for a total of 38 credits (see course listing below for details).

Bachelor of Social Work Program Goals

At the completion of classroom and field education, graduating BSW students:

  1. Are grounded in generalist practice and prepared for advanced social work education
  2. Recognize the intersectionality of diversities in ourselves and others as central to successful social work practice
  3. Are educated in the unique role our island home plays in the lives and well-being of its people – particularly for Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Asian populations
  4. Are prepared to serve individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities and to function as leaders of social justice and social change utilizing the knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession