The specialization in the Master of Social Work Program at New Mexico State University is advanced generalist social work practice with populations of the Southwest.
Building on the liberal arts’ perspective and foundation courses, students develop advanced skills and knowledge in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
These advanced skills and knowledge incorporate cultural responsiveness to the needs of populations of the Southwest, and addresses client systems in the context of social, cultural, community, and other environmental factors.
The purpose of the M.S.W. program is to prepare graduate-level social workers with the knowledge, values and skills essential for advanced social work practice in a multicultural society. The school accomplishes this purpose through its full-time (site based and online) and part-time (site based) programs of study for the MSW degree at the Las Cruces and Albuquerque campus locations.
The goals of the program are:
- To prepare graduates for advanced generalist social work practice that is responsive to rapidly changing environments.
- To prepare graduates for multidimensional social work practice through the integration of theoretical perspectives, empirical evidence and professional experience.
- To prepare graduates who are committed to social justice and to ethical practice in complex settings.
- 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.
- To prepare graduates who are culturally responsive to populations and communities of the Southwest.
Social Work education is built on two components, classroom education and field practice experience. Please visit our MSW Field Education page for more information about field requirements and expectations.
Click here to view the MSW Program’s most recent assessment outcomes. (Las Cruces, Albuquerque, & Combined)