Master of Social Work

Program Overview

Learn how to work with diverse populations through coursework in social policy, research, and practice. Classes focus on interventions, diagnostics, and comprehensive fieldwork in a variety of settings. The HPU MSW also focuses on developing cultural competency skills in all contexts given the cultural diversity of the islands.

 

Our MSW-Advanced Generalist Practice is 57 credits. Our MSW-Advanced Standing is 30 credits. In-person courses are held at our downtown Honolulu campus in 16-week semesters. Tuition for 2023-24 is $1,235 per credit. The sample degree plans below are a guide and may be subject to change.

 

To view estimated costs visit hpu.edu/costs.

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The MSW program is offered at our Downtown Honolulu campus:

  • Fall entry - 2 or 3-year Advanced Generalist Practice
  • Summer entry - 1-year Advanced Standing

Admissions Requirements:

  • Online Application hpu.edu/apply ($55 fee)
  • Official transcript/s
  • Statement of Purpose/Essay
  • Resume
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • International Students: Evidence of English Proficiency

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Why Choose HPU for your MSW?



Designed to give you the richest field experience possible, our MSW program enables you to begin your field education shortly after classes begin



Our faculty are professionals in their field, delivering a client-focused, skills-based curriculum preparing you to deliver responsive, 21st-century practice



Our Alumni earn a median salary that's among the top of all U.S universities and the highest for Hawai'i Schools

Key Benefits

CSWE Accredited

1 year advanced standing for qualified students with a BSW

Practicum Placement included

Military and Veterans Affairs area of emphasis option

MSW Coursework

 

  • Full-Time 2 Year Pathway (57-Credits)

    Year One

     

    Fall

    SWRK 6100 Generalist Social Work Practice I
    SWRK 6200 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
    SWRK 6300 Social Work Research
    SWRK 6900 Graduate Practicum I

    Spring

    SWRK 6102 Generalist Social Work Practice II
    SWRK 6103 Generalist Social Work Practice III
    SWRK 6201 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
    SWRK 6500 Social Welfare Policy I
    SWRK 6901 Graduate Practicum II

    Year Two

    Fall

    SWRK Elec Elective (6001, 6002, 6003 or 6801)
    SWRK 7100 Culture and Diversity in Advanced Practice
    SWRK 7101 Advanced Practice with Diverse Individuals
    SWRK 7300 Research Methods in Advanced Practice
    SWRK 7900 Graduate Practicum III

    Spring

    SWRK 7102 Advanced Practice with Diverse Families and Groups

    SWRK 7350 Integrative Seminar in Advanced Generalist Practice

    SWRK 7500 Social Welfare Policy II

    SWRK 7901 Graduate Practicum IV

    SWRK 7103 Advanced Practice with Diverse Organizations and Communities

  • Full-Time 3-Year Pathway (57-credits)

    Year One

    Fall

    SWRK 6100 Generalist Social Work Practice I

    SWRK 6200 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

    SWRK 6300 Social Work Research

     

    Spring

    SWRK 6103 Generalist Social Work Practice III

    SWRK 6201 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

    SWRK 6500 Social Welfare Policy I

    SWRK 6103 Generalist Social Work Practice III

    SWRK 6201 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

    SWRK 6500 Social Welfare Policy I

     

    Year Two

    Fall

    SWRK Elec Elective (6001, 6002, 6003 or 6801)

    SWRK 7100 Culture and Diversity in Advanced Practice

    SWRK 6900 Graduate Practicum I

     

    Spring

    SWRK 6102 Generalist Social Work Practice II

    SWRK 7500 Social Welfare Policy II

    SWRK 6901 Graduate Practicum II

     

    Year Three

     

    Fall

    SWRK 7101 Advanced Practice with Diverse Individuals

    SWRK 7300 Research Methods in Advanced Practice

    SWRK 7900 Graduate Practicum III

     

    Spring

    SWRK 7102 Advanced Practice with Diverse Families and Groups

    SWRK 7350 Integrative Seminar in Advanced Generalist Practice

    SWRK 7901 Graduate Practicum IV

    SWRK 7103 Advanced Practice with Diverse Organizations and Communities

    SWRK 7102 Advanced Practice with Diverse Families and Groups

    SWRK 7350 Integrative Seminar in Advanced Generalist Practice

    SWRK 7901 Graduate Practicum IV

    SWRK 7103 Advanced Practice with Diverse Organizations and Communities


     

  • Full-Time Student Schedule - Advanced Standing Pathway (30-credits)

    Summer

    SWRK 6050 Graduate Study of SW for Advanced Standing students

     

     

     

    *Requires BSW degree from a CSWE accredited school

    Fall

    SWRK Elec Choose one elective (6001, 6002, 6003, 6801)

    SWRK 7100 Culture and Diversity in Advanced Practice

    SWRK 7101 Advanced Practice with Diverse Individuals

    SWRK 7300 Research Methods in Advanced Practice

    SWRK 7900 Graduate Practicum III

    Spring

    SWRK Elec Choose one elective (6001, 6002, 6003, 6801)

    SWRK 7100 Culture and Diversity in Advanced Practice

    SWRK 7101 Advanced Practice with Diverse Individuals

    SWRK 7300 Research Methods in Advanced Practice

    SWRK 7900 Graduate Practicum III

     

College of Health & Society

MSW Program Chair

Danielle Giroux, PhD, MSW, LSW, MA

dgiroux@hpu.edu

(330) 231-7091