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Master of Social Work

Degrees Offered

The Facundo Valdez School of Social Work offers the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program at the main campus, Las Vegas, New Mexico and at the following five campus locations:

The Facundo Valdez School of Social Work has been fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1978 and has been accredited through 2020.

Programs of Study
The MSW program prepares students for advanced social work practice in an area of concentration with the knowledge, skills, values and ethical principles necessary to practice with Hispanic, American Indian, and other diverse populations of New Mexico and the Southwest. The three areas of concentration offered include: clinical practice; leadership and administration; and bilingual/bicultural clinical practice.  The program prepares students at an advanced level to analyze and evaluate the role of the social work practitioner in the delivery of human services.

The school offers three types of programs to meet each student’s academic and personal needs. The three programs include: advanced standing; full time; and part time. Students MUST complete the MSW program within five calendar years from the date of admission.


Social Work


Undergraduate course catalog: Social Work

The New Mexico Highlands undergraduate catalog outlines your options and the steps you need to take to complete degree requirements for your chosen major. To ensure the seamless completion of your degree, consult often with your academic adviser and utilize Highlands’ Degree Audit tool to keep track of your academic progress.


Graduate course catalog: Social Work

Graduate students are assigned to a faculty adviser within their area of study. The faculty adviser will help the student complete a program of study to satisfy the specific course requirements within their area, outlined in the Graduate Catalog.  The courses listed must satisfy the course requirements prescribed in the catalog of record. The academic adviser will provide guidance in completing your program of study.

Important Dates

  • 09


    Mid-Term Exams


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

  • Social Worker
  • Probation Officer and Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor
  • Sociologist
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Therapist


Social Work

Faculty & Staff

Facundo Valdez School of Social Work

Faculty & Staff


The New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents approved, on December 17, 2015, a change in the name to the School of Social to honor the founder of the School, Facundo Valdez. 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.

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