Westside Cohort

The Hawai`i Pacific University School of Social Work is committed to meeting the needs of the community. One such initiative is the West Oahu Cohort. This program is an extension of the 3-year Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. The program is taught on the Westside of the island, which creates an opportunity to train social workers to serve the population where they live and work. 

The profession of social work promotes human and community well-being. Social workers focus on social and economic justice at the local, national, and global level. They are often pioneers - challenging the status quo and working tirelessly to help others help themselves. Social workers have many options for specialization. Choose what impassions you in areas such as: child or adult protective services, health care, mental health, individual and family counseling, criminal justice, community organizing, or social agency administration. Social work is one of the fastest growing professions with demand for social workers projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026. This is a perfect time to get an MSW degree. 

  • The goal of HPU's MSW program is to prepare graduates to become advanced generalists with a focus on culturally relevant practice
  • The learning environment at HPU is truly multi-cultural, with students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. 
  • HPU understands the needs of working adults, offering flexible scheduling options
  • In addition to being committed teachers, researchers, and scholars, faculty in the MSW program are veteran practitioners. Students will benefit greatly from their experience as community leaders and advocates. 

  • Designed for people who are working and need flexibility of a non-traditional format. 
  • Delivered on the Westside of Oahu, diminishing commute time. 
  • Utilizes a cohort model; students enter as a group and progress through the program together. These are important connections you will use during your studies and beyond. 
  • Designed to be completed in three years with three classes each semester. Students will maintain full-time status and still have a schedule that fits with the many demands on their time. 
  • Employees of agencies may be eligible for a 30% tuition reduction if you are currently working in the area of human services and your employer has a tuition agreement with HPU.