Hawai'i Pacific University

Graduate Studies

Master of Social Work


Graduate Service Center, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 911

1164 Bishop Street, Suite 900

Honolulu, HI 96813

United States


(808) 544-0200


(808) 235-3590

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Masters, M.S.W.-Master of Social Work

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Hawai‘i The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Hawai'i Pacific University is built on a foundation of liberal arts and is committed to the preparation of professional social work practitioners who take pride in their careers. The program prepares social workers to become effective cross-cultural practitioners by focusing on direct planning, administration, and community practice. In the first year of the MSW study, students learn from the "generalist model" of social work practice. That is, they study an overview of the profession, and the basic methods of working with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities. They also study subjects that support practice, such as human growth and development and social policy. A special feature of the first year's curriculum is an interviewing laboratory in which students practice communication skills more intensively. In the second academic year, students focus on knowledge and skills that help them become effective cross-cultural practitioners. In the program's definition, cross-cultural social work practice uses the profession's knowledge and the practitioner's understanding of cultures to select and implement the methods that have the best chance of success with a specific client or client group. Students may select the culture that is of most interest to them, and focus their studies on this group. Field experience (supervised work in a community agency) is a feature of both years.


Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); Council of Social Work Education (CSWE).

International Student Requirements:

Recognized English Proficiency Tests: TOEFL, IELTS, CPE, CAE, ELPT, SAT, ACT, APIEL, PTE Academic, ELS program. See HPU website for details.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 61 credits

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 755 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 13590 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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