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Important Deadlines

  • December 1, 2021: Early Decision Deadline (Applications by this date receive full consideration and decisions by early spring)


  • February 1, 2022: Priority Deadline (Applications received before this date are ensured full consideration. Decisions for these applications are usually sent in mid-March. Applications after this date are reviewed only on a rolling basis as space allows)


  • April 1, 2022: Final Deadline (Applications received after this date will not be reviewed.)


How to Apply

1. Read about the program & application process.

2. Complete the electronic application:


All applicants must apply to the MSW Program through the NMSU Graduate School application. The Graduate School application site will allow you to submit your graduate application, unofficial transcripts and required MSW application documents at the same time.  Application fee: $40


Important Information for Prospective Students

  1. Students in the full time program (site based and online) will have four academic courses each semester plus a field work placement & seminar.
  2. Part time students take three academic courses per semester and in their last two years also have a field work placement & seminar.
  3. The field work component requires students to spend approximately 16-20 hours a week in their field experience placement plus additional meetings and assignments required for the field practicum.
  4. Given the demands of 24 hours per week doing direct school work and time needed for studying, part time students will find it difficult to work full time.

While we do not want to discourage students from applying to our programs, we do want to fully inform you of the heavy time demands for both full time and part time students. If there are aspects of the program you have questions about, you are urged to discuss them with the individuals below before beginning the application process.


Graduate Assistant Information:

General questions about applying

Sharmistha Roy

Graduate Assistant

Child Welfare Scholar Program questions

Monica Montoya

Admission Chair and CWS Program Coordinator

(575) 646-6342

MSW program options or curriculum questions

Dr. Stacy Gherardi

MSW Program Coordinator

(575) 646-0306