Facundo Valdez School of Social Work

Students seeking a career that promotes social change, social action and respect of cultural and language differences and who wish to make a difference in improving the life of others, a career in social work begins at New Mexico Highlands University.

Social work is a career that provides students with the opportunity to work with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities. The professional social worker makes a positive difference by empowering others to improve their lives.

Our B.S.W. program was first accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in 1974. The completion of the program requires 53 credit units of combined junior and senior level courses.  Our B.S.W. curriculum prepares students for entry-level generalist practice, acquiring the skills and knowledge to work in public and private social service agencies. Alumni of our program have successfully acquired positions working in a variety of settings: mental health and health care, substance abuse programs, schools, child welfare, hospice, gerontology and many other fields of practice.

In addition, students are required to complete 448 hours of field practicum during the senior year. This experience provides an opportunity for students to gain direct work experience with a specific target population, integrating and applying classroom knowledge. The curriculum’s focus on multicultural practice provides students with the knowledge and understanding of cultural and ethnic differences as it influences the role of the social worker.

Students who achieve high academic standards are eligible to apply to the school’s Advanced Standing M.S.W. honors program which allows students to complete the M.S.W. degree in two – three academic semesters.

Useful links

Bachelor of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Online Master of Social Work

Continuing Education Credits

M.S.W. Field Education Forms

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Virtual campus tour


Learning outcomes data

NMHU BSW Learning Outcomes Data, 2020-21 (posted 2022)

NMHU MSW Learning Outcomes Data, 2020-21 (posted 2022)

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Social Work Licensure Information: State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)



Jeremy Okuda Class of ‘10


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Alumni occupations

Graduates of the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work can be found in the following occupations:

  • Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor
  • Gerontologist
  • School social worker
  • Hospice caregiver
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Probation officer and correctional treatment specialist
  • Clinical social worker
  • Social and community service manager

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The mission of the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work is to educate students to practice social work competently with the diverse, multicultural populations of New Mexico and the Southwest. This context of cultural and regional responsiveness informs the School’s creation and implementation of all its educational programs. The School has a primary commitment to Hispanic and Native American people. Our curriculum grounds students in core professional social work values, skills and ethical principles, and provides a focused awareness and respect for cultural differences and how poverty affects the well-being of people in the region.