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School of Social Work at NMSU

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The School of Social Work’s CSWE accredited MSW and BSW educational programs are designed to prepare students for ethical and evidence-informed professional social work practice. The social work profession’s purpose is to promote human and community well-being. The profession is guided by the person-in-environment framework which enables the social work profession to foster a global perspective, respect for human diversity and knowledge based on scientific inquiry.


Our Vision

To be a leader in culturally-responsive and inclusive education, applied research, community engagement, and interdisciplinary and international collaboration. 

Our Mission

To foster optimal health and well-being, equal human rights and a just society rooted in ethical, culturally responsive, and evidence-informed social work practice in the United States southwest, nationally, and internationally.

Our Values

  • Student-centered education
  • Collective empowerment
  • Cultural responsiveness
  • Social and economic justice
  • Community engagement
  • Data-informed and ethical practice


NMSU's School of Social Work has been awarded $16.5 million in state funding to create six new endowed faculty positions that will help increase the number of social workers in the state.

Earlier this year, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law the 2023 state budget that included $50 million to endow social work faculty positions at universities across the state. The New Mexico Higher Education Department awarded the faculty endowments in August, following a competitive application process.

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Message from the Director

Message from the Director

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Dear Friends and Prospective Students:

Welcome to the New Mexico State University School of Social Work!  For more than 30 years the School of Social Work’s CSWE accredited MSW and BSW programs have prepared students for ethical and evidence-informed professional social work practice.  Our school is guided by the principles of the Message from the Directorstrength’s perspective, empowerment, cultural competence, and social and economic justice.

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