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The mission of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at New Mexico State University is:


“to prepare graduates to promote human and social well-being through ethical, theoretically based and evidence informed advanced generalist social work practice, with individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities in the culturally diverse environment of the Southwest, the United States, and the world. The MSW program is committed to serving people impacted by poverty and oppression through the promotion of empowerment, cultural humility and competence, and social and economic justice.” 


The specific goals of the MSW Program are: 

  1. To prepare graduates for advanced generalist social work practice that is responsive to rapidly changing environments. 
  2. To prepare graduates for multidimensional social work practice through the integration of theoretical perspectives, empirical evidence, and professional experience. 
  3. To prepare graduates who are committed to social justice and to ethical practice in complex settings. 
  4. To prepare graduates who are committed to continuing their professional development, developing autonomy and leadership within practice settings, and contributing to the knowledge and skill base of the profession. 
  5. To prepare graduates who employ a strengths-based, culturally humble approach to practice with populations and communities of the Southwest. 


Visit our curriculum pages below for details on the MSW courses of study. The online Graduate Catalog also has information about the course of study for each of our programs.
Social Work education is built on two components, classroom education and practicum practice experience. Please visit our MSW Practicum Education page below for more information about field requirements and expectations.

Form of Delivery

The MSW Program is available in-person on our Las Cruces main campus and fully online.

MSW Assessment Outcomes

First Year 2020-2021