Master of Social Work

Mission Statement

The mission of HPU’s MSW is to prepare qualified students, especially working adults, for entry into competent, ethical, effective practice of advanced generalist social work.  Utilizing critical thinking and building upon our diverse environment, Hawai‘i Pacific University’s social work students strive to enhance the social well-being of all people, provide leadership in culturally competent services at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels, advocate for social and economic justice locally nationally and globally, and promote multiculturalism through furthering social work knowledge.

Why be a Social Worker?

Jobs are available: Social work is predicted to grow faster than average. Salaries have risen in recent years. (U.S. Department of Labor).

Eligible for licensure: You are eligible to be licensed in Hawaii and many other states once you complete the BSW.

“Head start” on grad school: If you want to get a Master‟s in Social Work (MSW) and have done well in the BSW, you may be eligible for up to a year‟s credit towards the degree. (Normally takes 2 years.)

Job satisfaction: You are able to help others and see them benefit from your efforts.

Peer Mentors

The Peer Mentorship Program (PMP) within the School of Social Work began in 2011 to foster leadership for graduate students and provide mentorship for incoming graduate social work students. The relationship between Peer Mentors and new students is intended to build a sense of community within the School of Social Work and to the larger Hawai‘i Pacific University community.

Click here to meet your peer mentors.

Find out more...

MSW Handbooks are available under "General Student Forms"

Michaela Rinkel
Dr. Michaela Rinkel

Masters in Social Work Program Director