Master of Social Work

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.

Click here to view contact information for the MSW Program administrators, or if you have a question about the MSW Program click here to contact an advisor.

Program Goals

The goals of the 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 are culturally responsive to populations and communities of the Southwest.


Visit our curriculum pages 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 field practice experience. Please visit our MSW Field Education page for more information about field requirements and expectations.

Student Handbooks

MSW Student Handbook 2018-2019

MSW Student Handbook 2017-2018

MSW Student Handbook 2016-2017

MSW Student Handbook 2015-2016

MSW Student Handbook 2014-2015


Click here to view the MSW Program’s most recent assessment outcomes. (Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Online & Combined)

Student Guide – Getting Into a Social Work Program: