Military/Veterans Affairs Social Work Degree Options

 

military and va

 

  • Social workers seek to understand how individuals, groups, and communities are affected by social problems such as poverty, mental and physical illness, family difficulties, and social injustice. 
  • Social workers are employed in a variety of settings: hospitals, schools, mental health facilities, family programs, the VA, and agencies that address the needs of children, adults, and elders. With the versatility of social work degrees, graduates are also employed in fields of criminal justice, policy and politics, research and evaluation, business, or as entrepreneurs. 
  • Social workers use their skills to empower others to help themselves and work toward changing unresponsive social systems. 
  • For over 20 years, the HPU School of Social Work has been training students to develop the necessary knowledge, values and skills to "make the world a better place."

 

  • These programs are designed with the needs of military and their families in mind. 
  • Our social work faculty are second to none. Students will learn from a group of faculty who, between them, have extensive social work experience, and have either carried out research on working with military/veteran populations, and/or who are currently active-duty social workers. 
  • The learning environment at HPU is truly multi-cultural, with students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. 
  • We offer a variety of internship placements, many with military and veteran populations. 

1. Get Your Social Work Degree on Base: BSW or MSW

Beginning academic year 2020-21, active duty military students will be able to complete the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Classes will be taught in 8-week sessions: most 8-week terms include one in-person and one course fully online.

 

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK SAMPLE DEGREE PLAN

bsw degree plan

 

MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK SAMPLE DEGREE PLAN

msw degree plan

  • The Military Campus Program is an extension of HPU's degree programs that allows military personnel to obtain their degrees on base. The BSW and MSW degrees will be taught at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
  • The BSW degree can be completed in 17 months and the MSW degree can be completed in 29 months to accommodate the frequent moves military often face. 
  • Each term typically has one online course and one course in the on-base classroom, because flexibility is important
  • The Military Campus Program admits students for both Fall and Spring semesters. 

APPLICATION MATERIALS (*All students must apply to HPU Admissions and The School of Social Work separately)

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be admitted to Hawai'i Pacific University to apply to the School of Social Work
  • You must be "junior" status (60 credits) by the term you will be admitted
  • You must have received a "C" or higher in the prerequisites (Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Social Work courses, and a Writing course)
  • You must complete and submit your application by due date posted
  • You must have an overall GPA of 2.7 or higher

Not meeting one of the prerequisite or GPA requirements does not automatically bar admission. A student may be considered for probationary admission in the case of a lower than acceptable GPA or conditional admission in the case of a lack of a prerequisite. If you have special circumstances, speak with the BSW Program Director Michaela Rinkel to see if you are able to apply.

 

To begin the BSW Program on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for academic year 2020-21, all prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of Fall 2020. Classes for this degree program will begin January 2021. Admission is now open and will close December 1, 2020

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Required Application Materials
  • Completed on-line application including personal statement
  • Non-refundable application fee (paid online)
  • Two reference forms with accompanying letters
  • Original official transcripts from previous undergraduate colleges and universities; and if applicable, graduate colleges and universities. The official transcripts (with the college/university seal) must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities. Notify the Office of Graduate Admissions if your transcript is under a former name. 
  • Completion with a grade of a "C" or higher in (a) statistics and (b) research methods course 
  • Conferred baccalaureate degree with at least 30 credit hours in Liberal Arts from an accredited four-year institution
  • Preferred minimum overall GPA of a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale

 

 

To begin the MSW Program on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for January 2021, applications must be submitted by November 1, 2020

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2. Military and Veteran Affairs Focus for MSW Students

The Military and Veteran Affairs (MLVA) Focus is the first focus established within the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Hawai'i Pacific University. This focus concentrates on strategies for MSW students toward helping military personnel, military families, and veterans, many of whom face multiple challenges that require special knowledge and skills. Some of these challenges include multiple deployments, re-adjustment post-deployments, financial difficulties, and wartime trauma (i.e., post-traumatic stress disorder). Issues facing veterans include homelessness, substance abuse, and a myriad of mental health problems. MSW students specializing in military social work and veterans' affairs will take three specialized courses, and are placed in the field for their practicum experiences within a military or veteran services venue.*

*Depending upon the number of students in this focus, we cannot always guarantee a military or veteran's placement. 

courses for mlva focus: 

  • SWRK 6801: Military and Veteran Social Work Practice
  • SWRK 7301: Research Methods in Military Social Work and Veteran Affairs
  • SWRK 7351: Integrative Seminar in Military Social Work and Veteran Affairs
  • SWRK 7902: Military and Veteran Affairs Practicum III
  • SWRK 7903: Military and Veteran Affairs Practicum IV

The Military and Veteran Affairs (MLVA) Focus is an option for the MSW program, taught at HPU's downtown campus - Waterfront Plaza. It features five "shadow" courses that allow students to focus their studies on military and/or veteran populations. This program only admits for the Fall semester. The MLVA focus does not increase the amount of time it takes to graduate.

Admission Deadline for Fall Entry
  • Early decision: February 1 (decision notification received by end of February)
  • Early application: March 1
  • Regular deadline: June 1
  • All accepted students begin the program in August for the regular program and July for the Advanced Standing program. 
Required Application Materials
  • Completed on-line application including personal statement
  • Non-refundable application fee (paid online)
  • Two reference forms with accompanying letters
  • Original official transcripts from previous undergraduate colleges and universities; and if applicable, graduate colleges and universities. The official transcripts (with the college/university seal) must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities. Notify the Office of Graduate Admissions if your transcript is under a former name. 
  • Completion with a grade of a "C" or higher in (a) statistics and (b) research methods course

 

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR ADMISSIONS

For Regular MSW Status: 
  • Conferred baccalaureate degree with at least 30 credit hours in Liberal Arts from an accredited four-year institution
  • Minimum overall GPA of a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • Completion with a grade of a "C" or higher in (a) statistics and (b) research methods course
 For Master of Social Work Degree Advanced Standing Status
  • Conferred baccalaureate degree from a CSWE-accredited BSW program at a four-year institution. The degree should be completed no more than five years before initial enrollment in the Master of Social Work degree program. 
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in social work courses
  • Completion with a grade of a "C" or higher in (a) statistics and (b) research methods course
  • One reference form an an accompanying letter from a former BSW faculty member who can attest to your ability to successfully perform advanced standing graduate work
  • Copy of BSW field evaluations demonstrating successful field performance*

*For students who received a BSW degree outside of Hawai'i Pacific University