Message From the Dean

Dear Prospective Students,

Thank you for considering New Mexico Highlands University School of Social Work in order to pursue your graduate education. Although there is no substitute for visiting our program sites in person, we hope you find our website ( informative and helpful as you consider a career in social work. Our school offers the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at four locations in New Mexico and we make every effort to schedule our classes on days and at times that are convenient to students with active family and work schedules. We are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and are proud that we have been continuously providing quality education for over 30 years and that our school is the oldest social work educational program in New Mexico. Moreover, we are excited that our school is receiving regional and national recognition for its innovative, multicultural programs and curricula.

Our graduate program offers three distinct areas of program concentration/specialization: Clinical Practice, Leadership and Administration and Bilingual/Bicultural (Spanish/English) Social Work Practice. Additionally, in partnership with the School of Business, the School of Social Work offers a Dual Degree Program that awards the MSW (Master of Social Work) and MBA degree (Master of Business Administration) concurrently. Students in the Clinical Concentration may also choose to complete a certificate program in Substance Abuse.

Our programs, courses and field education sites make a special effort to educate students to practice with the rural and urban populations of New Mexico and the Southwest. Upon completion of the program students are well prepared to work with regional multicultural populations. We are also confident, however, that students who decide to practice social work outside of New Mexico and the Southwest will find themselves equally well prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to become effective and competent social work practitioners.

As this letter of greeting does not provide detailed information about our programs and curricula, I invite you once again to visit us on the web at www.nmhu/socialwork or e-mail your questions and inquiries to

I wish you the best of luck in your pursuit of a quality social work education, and hope that you choose our school as the first step in embarking on a fulfilling career in social work.

Dr. Cristina Durán, LISW
Dean, School of Social Work