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Online MSW: Admissions Requirements

Online Application FormApply today Now accepting applications for Spring 2023.
Degree Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
Minimum GPAA minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. GPAs lower than 3.0 may still be considered based on prior work experience and strong references.
TranscriptsOfficial copies of all college transcripts
Additional Requirements
  • Three professional references

  • Personal essay answering five in-depth questions about;

1) Your understanding of the profession of social work.
2) Why the MSW online program at the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work at NMHU is a good fit.
3) How your privilege and/or marginalization has informed your understanding of people whose lives are different from your own.
4) What contributions you want to make in serving populations in the U.S. Southwest.
5) How you will manage the requirement to complete two field practicums, that are two semesters each, for a total of four semesters and 928 total cumulative field hours (448 hours for the 1st year placement and 480 hours for the 2nd year placement) with the requirement that field practicum hours are completed in blocks of time that are at least 4 continuous hours in length.

  • An up-to-date resume or CV

Application Deadline DateSpring Semester:

  • Priority Deadline: October 15
  • Application Deadline: December 1 (or when cohort is full)

Fall Semester:

  • Priority Deadline: May 15
  • Application Deadline: July 1 (or when cohort is full)

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Transfer Credit

Students requesting to transfer into the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work from another social work program must be transferring from a CSWE-accredited program. We accept up to one full academic year of course credit (31 credits) from another institution. Transfer students must complete at least the equivalent of one academic year at New Mexico Highlands. Contact us to find out more about how to transfer your existing credit into our program.

Please note: The program is not accepting transfer credits for the 2021-2022 academic year.

When to Apply

We offer two start dates per year, in August and January. You can submit your application at any time. If you’re ready to take the next step, submit your online application today. Call 855-985-0689 if you have any questions.

Application Filing Period

TermPriority DateFinal Deadline
Spring semesterBy October 15By December 1
Fall semesterBy May 15By July 1