Gain a Culturally Responsive Perspective With an Online MSW
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Prepare to Make a Significant Impact in the Lives of Others
The CSWE-accredited online MSW in Clinical Practice from New Mexico Highland University’s respected Facundo Valdez School of Social Work connects you with experienced faculty who ensure you’re ready to work with diverse communities throughout the U.S. Southwest. Upon graduation, students will have the degree required for social work licensure and be ready to take the ASWB national exam.
Increasing Need for Social Workers
The demand for social workers is expected to grow 13% between 2019 and 2029, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.1 You’ll graduate from our online MSW program ready to apply in-depth knowledge to help individuals, families, groups and communities. Our evidence-based, relevant curriculum ensures that your skills are based on the current and future needs of the communities you’ll serve.Explore Careers
The Facundo Valdez School of Social Work not only provided me with the education necessary to begin my career as a social worker, but also helped me grow as an individual. The support received from the staff, professors, and dean was just as critical in my development as a professional as the knowledge I gained in the courses.– Jessica Estrada, May 2020 Graduate
Comprehensive, Forward-Thinking Curriculum
19 core courses
63 total credits
Our curriculum equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to respond to the challenges faced by the communities we serve. The 63 credit hours consist of 19 core classes, four focus courses and two field practicums. Most courses are fully asynchronous. You’ll join one Zoom session each week, scheduled in the evening.
Course topics include:
- Social Work Clinical Practice
- Human Behavior & Social Environment
- Working with Indigenous, Hispanic/Latinx and Rural Communities
- Policy and Research
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No Entrance Exam Required
Two Start Dates Per Year
- Minimum of 3.0 GPA
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
Start the online application process today. Find out more about admission to New Mexico Highlands.View Requirements
An Affordable Online MSW
Total Tuition: $33,075
Cost per Credit: $525
Our competitive tuition rates make an MSW from New Mexico Highlands an affordable option for students from all walks of life. Our tuition earned us a Best Bang for the Buck recognition from Washington Monthly Magazine. With many options for financial aid available, we’ll work with you to ensure you can pursue your degree without financial strain.View Tuition Details
What You’ll Learn
Through engaging courses and hands-on field practicums, you’ll learn to interview, perform psychosocial assessments, formulate treatment plans and provide relevant services for individuals and groups. The university works with you to provide field placement opportunities in your area. Upon graduation, you’ll have the degree you need for licensure and be ready to sit for the ASWB national exam.
Unique Skills for a Multicultural World
- Apply a culturally responsive perspective to your work with the diverse communities of the U.S. Southwest.
- Advocate for improving social policy, advancing human rights and promoting social justice.
- Use ethical principles, critical thinking and knowledge of human behavior in your work with individuals, families and groups.
- Understand the needs of communities that are impacted by poverty, oppression, historical trauma, structural inequality and barriers to service.
- Collaborate with individuals, families and communities to build resilience and promote self-determination.
- Provide the most effective clinical services to address the behavioral health challenges and environmental stressors facing children, adolescents, adults and elders.
Cristina Durán, Ph.D., Dean of Social Work
Cristina Durán, Ph.D., is a social worker in New Mexico and the Dean of the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University. She is committed to the field of social work because she sees the enormous challenges faced by families and communities, especially in New Mexico and the U.S. Southwest, and recognizes their right to access the services they need and deserve. She also feels passionate about the profession of social work due to its long history and its proven record in impacting peoples’ lives in positive and meaningful ways.
- Ph.D., University of New Mexico
- MSW, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
- BS in Sociology, University of Oregon
Experienced, Diverse Faculty Committed to Your Success
The faculty in our online MSW program take a student-first approach to instruction. You’ll have unparalleled access to your instructors, ensuring you get the personalized attention you need to achieve your goals. You’ll be paired with an advisor who will offer one-on-one support as you move through the program. Our faculty embrace high standards as they work to prepare you for the challenges of an ever-changing social work landscape that demands competent, ethical practitioners dedicated to positively impacting the lives of others.
An Accessible, Online Learning Experience
Online students have access to the same quality education that students at New Mexico Highlands experience on campus. Through engaging coursework and ongoing communication, our faculty ensure that you are challenged while still maintaining the flexibility you need in your busy life. Small class sizes allow you to connect with classmates and be part of a supportive, cohesive program.
- Asynchronous coursework
- Personal attention
- Diverse student population
Answers to Common Questions
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The mission of the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work includes a commitment to populations of the U.S. Southwest and the unique challenges facing families and communities in this region.
Upon graduation, students will have the degree required for social work licensure and be ready to take the ASWB national exam.