Social Work - Master of Social Work

The requirements for the Master of Social Work degree include 60 credits of designated graduate courses (34 credits of designated graduate courses for those accepted for advanced standing); a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all course and fieldwork.

Note that all social work courses must be taken in sequence. Successful completion of course work for each semester is a prerequisite for the course work of the following semester.

Any social work graduate student who receives an F in a social work course is dismissed from the program and must reapply for admission to the MSW program. Any social work student who receives a D in a social work course must repeat the course. Any social work student who receives 2 D’s in social work courses is dismissed from the program and must reapply for admission to the MSW program.

An integral part of a graduate social work program is completing the field experience. For those enrolled in the two-year program, two practicum placements will be required, which result in the student’s spending 950 hours in the field. For those students entering the program with advanced standing, one field placement is required, totaling 500 hours in the field. Students are offered a wide range of field settings in New Mexico and West Texas. Students should be prepared to travel some distance and be responsible for their own transportation costs.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for complete applications is January 15th of each year.

  • Late applications that are complete will be considered when received on a space available basis.

Course of Study

Full-Time Program (60 credits)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
MSW 509 Sociocultural Concepts and Populations of the Southwest 3
MSW 510 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
MSW 520 Social Work Practice I 3
MSW 551 Generalist Field Practicum I 6
 Credits15
Spring
MSW 500 Social Problems and Social Welfare Policy 3
MSW 521 Social Work Practice II 3
MSW 552 Generalist Field Practicum II 6
MSW 560 Social Work Research I 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
MSW 524 Practice III: Advanced Practice with Individuals 3
MSW 525 Practice IV: Advanced Generalist Practice with Groups 3
MSW 547 Social Work Mental Health Practice 3
MSW 554 Advanced Generalist Field Experience I 6
 Credits15
Spring
MSW 503 Policy Analysis and Change 3
MSW 526 Practice V: Advanced Practice with Families 3
MSW 527 Practice VI: Advanced Practice with Organizations and Communities 3
MSW 555 Advanced Generalist Field Experience II 6
 Credits15
 Total Credits60

Course of Study: Full-Time Advanced Standing (34 credits)

Full-Time Advanced Standing begins in Summer and then follows the Year Two schedule, with the addition of 3 credits MSW or/outside elective in both fall and spring semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCredits
MSW 559 Social Work Practice & Research for Advanced Standing 4
MSW Electives  
Select at least one from the following: (to complete the two elective requirement) 3
Family and Child Welfare Policy  
Systemic Integration of Alcohol and Drug Issues  
Special Topics  
 Credits7
Second Year
Fall
MSW 524 Practice III: Advanced Practice with Individuals 3
MSW 525 Practice IV: Advanced Generalist Practice with Groups 3
MSW 547 Social Work Mental Health Practice 3
MSW 554 Advanced Generalist Field Experience I 6
 Credits15
Spring
MSW 503 Policy Analysis and Change 3
MSW 526 Practice V: Advanced Practice with Families 3
MSW 527 Practice VI: Advanced Practice with Organizations and Communities 3
MSW 555 Advanced Generalist Field Experience II 6
 Credits15
 Total Credits37

Course of Study: Part-Time Program (60 credits)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
MSW 509 Sociocultural Concepts and Populations of the Southwest 3
MSW 510 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
 Credits6
Spring
MSW 500 Social Problems and Social Welfare Policy 3
MSW 560 Social Work Research I 3
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall
MSW 520 Social Work Practice I 3
MSW 551 Generalist Field Practicum I 6
 Credits9
Spring
MSW 521 Social Work Practice II 3
MSW 552 Generalist Field Practicum II 6
 Credits9
Summer
MSW 503 Policy Analysis and Change 3
MSW 525 Practice IV: Advanced Generalist Practice with Groups 3
 Credits6
Third Year
Fall
MSW 524 Practice III: Advanced Practice with Individuals 3
MSW 547 Social Work Mental Health Practice 3
MSW 554 Advanced Generalist Field Experience I 6
 Credits12
Spring
MSW 526 Practice V: Advanced Practice with Families 3
MSW 527 Practice VI: Advanced Practice with Organizations and Communities 3
MSW 555 Advanced Generalist Field Experience II 6
 Credits12
 Total Credits60

Course of Study: Part-Time Advanced Standing (34 credits)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
MSW 525 Practice IV: Advanced Generalist Practice with Groups 3
MSW 547 Social Work Mental Health Practice 3
 Credits6
Spring
MSW 503 Policy Analysis and Change 3
MSW 527 Practice VI: Advanced Practice with Organizations and Communities 3
 Credits6
Summer
MSW 559 Social Work Practice & Research for Advanced Standing 4
MSW 560 Social Work Research I 3
 Credits7
Second Year
Fall
MSW 524 Practice III: Advanced Practice with Individuals 3
MSW 554 Advanced Generalist Field Experience I 6
 Credits9
Spring
MSW 526 Practice V: Advanced Practice with Families 3
MSW 555 Advanced Generalist Field Experience II 6
MSW Electives  
MSW 590 Family and Child Welfare Policy 3
MSW 597 Special Topics 1-3
 Credits13-15
 Total Credits41-43

Related Outside Elective Examples (choose one graduate level)

MSW elective courses not listed above, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Science, Family and Consumer Science, Counseling and Education Psychology, Economics, Management, Government, Statistics, Women's Studies, Criminal Justice.