Military Campus Program

Military Campus Program

  • 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. 

  • The Military Campus Program is an extension of HPU's degree programs that allows ONLY active-duty military and their spouses 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)



  • 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 2.75 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 2021-22, all prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of Fall 2021. Classes for this degree program will begin January 2022. Admission is now open and will close December 1, 2021

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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




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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.



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msw degree plan