Message From the Dean

Message from the Dean

The School of Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University is the oldest accredited school in the state. The school offers both the bachelor of social work and master of social work degree programs and has been accredited since 1974 by the Council on Social Work Education. The school provides students the opportunity to study in a multicultural environment that reflects the ethnic populations of the state and the southwest United States.  Each location reflects the unique cultural make up of the community and offers the opportunity to practice in rural or urban settings.

The M.S.W. degree program is offered at four locations: main campus in Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Farmington and Roswell. These locations cover most of the state, extending from the northwest, (Farmington, four corners area) to the southeast of the state (Roswell) and central and north central New Mexico, (Albuquerque and Las Vegas). The B.S.W. degree program is offered at all of these same locations except in Roswell.  In addition, the B.S.W. program is also offered in Santa Fe, NM.

Students seeking to practice in the Southwest will find that our curriculum focuses on multicultural practice, particularly preparing students to work with Hispanic and Native American populations of New Mexico and the Southwest. Our school’s curriculum prepares students for practice in a diverse work environment taking into consideration language, cultural, ethnic, gender and age differences that mirror the population of the state and region. Students will gain an understanding of these differences and how they are to be honored and respected.

Our school can meet your personal and professional goals. Our students have the opportunity to explore their professional interests through the field practicum placement, which provides hands-oe experiences working with agencies that serve the diverse populations in the state. Our curriculum offers students the opportunity to choose between macro practice - government nonprofit management, or micro practice - clinical practice or bilingual/bicultural clinical practice. These three areas of program concentration provide students the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary for successful practice in a multicultural, multiethnic society. 

If you choose our school to pursue your educational goals, you will find your experience to be rewarding and our faculty to be supportive and challenging as they mentor you toward becoming a successful social work practitioner.

Best Wishes,

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Alfredo A. Garcia, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Social Work

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