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Welcome to the School of Social Work

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


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The School of Social Work is able to provide continuing education credit for social workers that is accepted by the New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners. 

Social work continuing education credits can only be requested for events that the School of Social Work sponsors or co-sponsors. A New Mexico licensed social worker must be part of the planning committee. Participants who will receive a Continuing Education Certificate must sign in and out at the event and receive contact hours only for the time they actually attended. Certificates should not be given out until the end of the training. A completed sign-in sheet must be submitted to the School of Social Work within one week of the training.


Requirement Checklist:

  • Complete Event Request Form
  • Presenter Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Workshop Agenda
  • Method of Instruction
  • Measurable Learning Objectives
  • Evaulation Form
  • Copy of Sign In/Out Sheet


Completed forms with supporting documents should be sent to

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 strength’s perspective, empowerment, cultural competence, and social and economic justice.

NMSU’s School of Social Work is the only school one in the State of New Mexico that is part of a doctoral degree granting, research university.  This along with our cadre of faculty members with doctoral degrees, and professors with extensive practice experience enables our school to prepare scholar-practitioners.  Furthermore, in an effort to increase student access to our educational programs, our school offers the Bachelor of Social Work and the Master of Social Work degrees in Las Cruces and Albuquerque through a combination of face-to-face, online and hybrid courses. 

The quality of our programs has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, who in 2021 ranked our School of Social Work 121 nationally among hundreds of accredited social work programs.

Our school is proud to be a partner with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) in offering a Child Welfare Scholars Program.  This partnership is federally funded through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act. The Child Welfare Scholars Program provides scholarships to students interested in the field of child welfare and prepares them to become effective practitioners in this area.  In doing so, it aims to increase the number of social work graduates employed with CYFD.

I encourage you to join one of our accredited programs if you are interested in being part of a vibrant profession and becoming an agent for social change in New Mexico, the Southwest, the United States and beyond!


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Héctor Luis Díaz, PhD
Director and Professor
School of Social Work
College of Health, Education and Social Transformation
New Mexico State University


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