The mission of the Masters in Social Work (MSW) Program of New Mexico State University is to prepare graduates for ethical, theory based, and evidence informed advanced generalist practice with individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities in the culturally diverse environments of the U.S. Southwest, nation, and world. The MSW program is committed to serving people impacted by poverty and oppression through the promotion of empowerment, cultural humility, and social and economic justice.

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.

MSW Assessment Outcomes