Phi Alpha Honor Society

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"Through knowledge – the challenge to serve"

"The purposes of Phi Alpha Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work." The Chi chapter of Phi Alpha, the Social Work Honor Society, was established at Mason in 1990 and students have been inducted since its inception. 

National Qualifications for Individual Membership

BSW

Undergraduate students are eligible for membership after meeting the following national requirements and meeting local Chi Chapter requirements:

  • Declared social work as a major
  • Achieved senior status
  • Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Demonstrated the qualities that embody the goals of the national social work honor society

MSW

Graduate students are eligible for membership after meeting the following national requirements and meeting local Chi Chapter requirements:

  • Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.8 (on a 4.0 scale) in graduate-level social work courses by the end of the Specialization year
  • Demonstrated the qualities that embody the goals of the national social work honor society

BSW and MSW students who qualify will receive an invitation for membership in the spring  semester of the year the student will graduate. An induction ceremony is held shortly before graduation from the program.

For further information, please contact one of the chapter advisors:

Dr. Emily Ihara
Phi Alpha Honor Society Advisor, Chi Chapter
George Mason University
Social Work Department, MSN 1F8
eihara@gmu.edu

Dr. Vicki Kirsch
Phi Alpha Honor Society Advisor, Chi Chapter
George Mason University
Social Work Department, MSN 1F8
vkirsch@gmu.edu