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Awards and Accreditations

The online MSW program at Highlands University is CSWE accredited, and the university is HLC accredited. Our affordable tuition earned us a Best Bang for the Buck recognition from Washington Monthly magazine.

Accredited by the Council Council on Social Work Education C S W E

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Higher Learning Commission

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

The emphasis on clinical practice prepares learners to work as a clinical social worker.

Our program focuses on culturally relevant needs of Hispanic, Indigenous, rural and underserved communities.

Faculty members have expertise in a variety of practice areas and are active in research.

Graduates are prepared for social work licensure and be ready to take the ASWB national exam.

The field practice requirement allows students to apply classroom theory to real-world situations.

Each student is paired with an academic advisor who will assist you through the duration of the program.

Master’s in Social Work Admissions Requirements

Completed online application

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school

Minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale

Transcripts from all institutions attended

Three references and a detailed essay

MSW Coursework Topics

This course examines the socio-cultural-political-historical context in which social work is practiced, with an emphasis on New Mexico and the Southwest.

This course is intended to focus specifically on the role and function of the social work supervisor in human service agencies.

The foundation research course introduces students to concepts of research for application in various human service contexts.

This course will provide an overview of the DSM-IV TR classification.

“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

New Mexico Highlands University – Transforming Lives

At New Mexico Highlands University, we foster creativity, critical thinking and research in the liberal arts and sciences. As a premier comprehensive university, we transform lives and communities through education with our range of on-campus and online programs.

  • Multicultural focus
  • Accessible education
  • Family atmosphere
  • Opportunity for all

The University is fully accredited by and in good standing with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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