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.


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


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 and nationally.


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

Our Programs

 BSW Program

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program provides academic and field work education designed to prepare undergraduate students for entry level generalist social work practice. The program focuses on generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Generalist social work practice is unified by a common core of social work professional values, knowledge and practice methods. This core is based on liberal arts education, humanistic philosophy and draws heavily from the social sciences.

 MSW Program
The MSW program has an advanced generalist program focus. This collaborative practice approach promotes skills and knowledge for focused interventions with individuals, groups, families, neighborhoods, communities, organizations and public policies.

The NMSU program is founded on the use of critical thinking skills and differential application of advanced social work knowledge, theories, skills, values and ethics in the assessment of and intervention with micro, mezzo, and macro level systems. The Advanced Generalist Concentration prepares social work practitioners to exercise professional autonomy, leadership, and creativity necessary for multidimensional contextual and ethical practice in rapidly changing social environments with populations of the southwest.