Degree Programs

NMSU’s distance education degree programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means. NMSU offers Bachelor degree completion programs, Masters and Doctorate programs, and a number of Graduate Certificate and K-12 NM educator licensure and endorsement programs.

Please contact the listed distance education director for your degree program.


Master of Social Work (MSW)

Program Sites: Albuquerque

College: Health and Social Services

Program Category: Online


The School of Social Work currently offers both a regular and advanced standing degree programs leading to a MSW degree. These programs are offered on both a full-time and on a part-time basis and are available at both our Las Cruces and Albuquerque campuses. The program provides academic and field education with an emphasis on Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice.

The Albuquerque MSW Program is current housed at NMSU’s Albuquerque Center. Courses at NMSU’s Albuquerque Center follow the same schedule as courses on the Las Cruces Campus.

The online Graduate Catalog has information about the course of study for each of our programs. Scroll to the bottom to see individual course descriptions.

Advanced Standing is offered only to graduates of CSWE accredited BSW programs in the past seven years who meet specific admissions criteria. Advanced standing students can complete their MSW degree by taking 36 credit hours [over approximately 15 months]. Advanced standing students begin in Summer Session II.

Upon completing the program graduates will be prepared to enter professional social work in many diverse areas that include health services, behavioral health, aging, mental health, corrections, foster care, family services, child welfare, youth services, and both adult and child protective services.

Delivery method: Some of the courses are offered online and some of them are blended. Blended courses combine face-to-face sessions at the Albuquerque Center with online Canvas instruction.

Requirements: Regular program is 60 credits, with 950 hours in a practicum setting. Advanced Standing is 36 credits with 500 practicum hours.

Costs: Current main campus tuition and fees plus a $35 per credit hour distance education fee. See the University Accounts Receivable Tuitions and Fees for the current rate.


Regular program: Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. For those students not having a liberal arts degree, they must show evidence of having a bio-psychosocial liberal arts component.

Advanced Standing program: Applicants who already have a Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE accredited school within the past seven years and who meet admission requirements may be admitted with advanced standing to the MSW program.

Please see the application packet on the School of Social Work website: for complete details on requirements for admission.

To apply: Please refer to School homepage for application information.

Accreditation: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
HLC website
HLC phone: 800-621-7440

Specialized Accreditation:

More info: School of Social Work

Disabilities: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in a course, or if you require accommodations in order to take a distance education course, contact NMSU's Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Providing accommodations for distance education students sometimes requires more time than in a traditional classroom setting so students are encouraged to begin working with SAS as early as possible.

Updated: 2016-08-23