Military Social Work

What is military social work?

"Military social work involves direct practice, policy and administrative activities, and service members, veterans, their families, and their communities."  

Why is military social work important?

Today's U.S. military population is comprised of 3.6 million service members2, over 21 million veterans3, and their families. Support needs for service members, veterans, their families, and their communities have become increasingly complex to articulate, assess and treat.  These needs  create a demand for social workers who are educated, trained and skilled in working with these populations.

Area of Emphasis in Military Practice (AEMP) Scholars

AEMP Scholars brings together MSW students, faculty, and community members in a two-year program that includes:

  • Courses, course assignments, research and events specific to military service members, veterans, and their families.
  • Leadership opportunities within their AEMP Scholars cohort
  • Field practicum that serves the needs of military service members, veterans, and/or their families
  • Tuition stipend of $1000.

The AEMP Scholars program accepts a limited number of students each year.  However, all enrolled MSW students have the opportunity to further concentrate their studies in the area of Military Social Work through their choice of electives, fieldwork placements, and optional clinical research paper. 

Military Social Work Electives

  • GRSW 534: Practice with Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families
  • GRSW 690: Clinical Military Social Work Practice

2018-19 Area of Emphasis in Military Practice (AEMP) Scholars

2018-19 AEMP Scholars and Coordinator

Marcus Kuboy MSW '15, AEMP Scholar

AEMP Scholar Profiled by 5 Eyewitness News

Marcus highlights his call to social work in "Injured Minnesota Soldier Helps Vets Get Lives on Track"

1 Council on Social Work Education. (2010).  Advanced social work practice in military social work.Retrieved from

2 Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense. (2012, November).  2011 demographics: Profile of the military community.  Retrieved from

3 United States Census Bureau. (2011).  American fact finder:  Veteran status 2011 American Community Survey 1-year estimates (S2101).  Retrieved from