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Prospective BSW Students

Bachelor of Social Work Application for Fall, 2022 is Now Open!


Welcome to New Mexico State University Bachelor of Social Work Application Process!

Thank you for considering NMSU’s School of Social Work as your home to pursue your Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The BSW degree is in high demand in the workforce regionally and nationally. Our program offers strong preparation in generalist social work practice and specializes in populations of the U.S. Southwest.

Here is the information you’ll need to complete an application for Fall, 2022. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our BSW Coordinator, Anna Nelson, at or 505.319.8822 (text preferred). She is available by email, zoom and text to provide you with support throughout your application process.

Admission Criteria

The School of Social Work will be accepting applications for priority admission from November 18, 2022 to January 31, 2022, for a Fall, 2022, start date. Applications will be considered until April 30, 2022. Please know it may impact your ability to be accepted to start in Fall, 2022 if you submit your application after January 31, 2022. No Spring semester start date is available.

Important to Know!

General Requirements to Apply for the BSW Program

  • To be eligible to apply, you need a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • When in accordance with COVID-19 regulations, our BSW program is a site-based program at NMSU’s main campus in Las Cruces. Where some classes are offered online, many core courses require your in-person attendance.
  • We recommend completing 60-65 countable degree credits, including the NMSU general education requirements and School of Social Work requirements. Talk with your academic advisor to determine if those requirements have been met. For the BSW Course Map, see
  • In order to start your social work courses in the Fall of your Junior year, you may not have more than three outstanding prerequisites at the end of your Sophomore year.

Transfer Students

  • If you are a student transferring to NMSU, please follow the steps here before beginning your BSW application: You need to be at least tentatively accepted to NMSU-Main Campus to be considered for the BSW Program.
  • Transfer students should schedule an advising appointment with an undergraduate academic advisor by calling (575) 646-2941 or or, as early as possible to determine which of their credits will transfer to NMSU and which will count toward a BSW degree. Per our accreditation, no course credit is given for work or life experience.

What is Required for the BSW Application?

A complete formal application is required. The forms necessary to complete your application are included in the BSW Application Canvas course you will be added to once you meet with your academic advisor. This application includes:

  • An application form.
  • Your resume.
  • Your unofficial transcript.
  • A minimum of two (2) letters of reference. Please use the Letter of Reference Form that is available in the BSW Application Canvas course.
  • A personal statement.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered for admission. The deadline to be considered for priority admissions is midnight on January 31, 2022. The final deadline for applications to be considered is midnight on April 30, 2022. It may affect your ability to be admitted to the program for a Fall, 2022, start date if you submit your application after January 31, 2022.

Acceptance into the BSW Program is determined by the NMSU School of Social Work Admission Committee. Acceptance or denial letters will be sent directly from the School of Social Work to the applicant in time for advisement and pre-registration for the Fall semester.

Undergraduate Pre-Social Work Academic Advisor

Students who are interested in Pre-Social Work (PSWK) and the Bachelor of Social Work major should schedule an advising appointment as soon as possible by contacting the Undergraduate Academic Advisor assigned to Social Work: If you have any questions about being ready to apply you can schedule an appointment here.

Letty Gallegos
Center for Academic Advising and Student Support
(575) 646-2941

Jarod Gonzalez
Center for Academic Advising and Student Support
(575) 646-2941