NMSU School of Social Work to debut new online masters program

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Date: 10/02/2017
Writer: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu

The School of Social Work, housed in the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University, is accepting applications to the new fully online Master of Social Work program.


The new master’s online program is a great option for independent, self-motivated learners who require a flexible schedule, said Iván de la Rosa, interim director of the School of Social Work. Students admitted into the online program will take courses as a cohort throughout the two-year program.

The social work faculty already has extensive online teaching experience, and is ready to offer their not only clinical but online teaching expertise to all residents of New Mexico and other states through this new online MSW program,” de la Rosa said.

The master’s online program will begin in fall 2018 and has been accredited through the Council for Social Work Education. While the program is designed to offer flexibility, courses are designed with firm deadlines and due dates for learning activities and assignments.

All accredited MSW programs require students to complete a minimum of 900 clock hours of fieldwork. Field placements are student-learning opportunities that offer MSW students hands-on social work practice experience under the supervision of a degreed master social worker. Online students will work closely with the Field Education office staff to identify qualified agencies in their area of interest.

Students have the option of completing their MSW degree online or in either a face-to-face program at the Las Cruces main campus or the Albuquerque campus.

“The education and training these students receive in an online MSW program provides them with the skills they need to choose a career within the broad area of social work,” de la Rosa said.

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