Online Social Work Programs in New Mexico

Western New Mexico University

Located in Silver City, Western New Mexico University (WNMU) is a public institution that takes pride in its many online offerings. WNMU's School of Social Work offers an online bachelor's degree in social work, as well as an online master of social work with advanced standing for students who have earned a recent CSWE-accredited bachelor's in social work. Both degree programs are also available in person.

WNMU's faculty boast many research interests, including disability rights and advocacy, policy-informed practice, human trafficking, LGBTQIA+ rights, cultural and spiritual diversity in social work, and chronic disease.


WNMU's Bachelor of Social Work

  • Credits and Courses: 120 credit hours are required for graduation, with 44 credits in core social work courses, 41 credits in general education, 18 credits in supporting coursework such as psychology, 9 credits in guided electives, and 8 open credits. Aside from practicum seminars, all online courses run asynchronously through the Canvas course platform.
  • Completion Time: A full-time student can typically complete the program in four years.
  • Field Education: Each enrollee must complete 553 field hours, split between two semesters of practicum courses. Fieldwork practicum seminars run synchronously, so students must be available for video conferencing. Learners are responsible for finding and securing their own placements, though assistance is available through the program if needed.
  • Transfer Policies: Students can typically transfer credits towards general education or elective requirements. With faculty approval, students may transfer credits from CSWE-accredited programs into the social work major.
  • Online Student Support: WNMU provides several resources for online learners, including 24/7 Canvas support, orientation videos, and electronic tutoring.
  • Cost: $263/credit in-state; $323/credit out-of-state. Online students pay an additional fee of $30/credit.
  • Admission Requirements: Students must possess a 2.5 cumulative GPA for admission.

WNMU's Master of Social Work (Advanced Standing)

  • Credits and Courses: Each student must complete 39 credits to graduate. Credits are spread across 13-14 courses, depending on the number of electives. With the exception of practicum seminars, online courses run asynchronously through the Canvas course platform.
  • Completion Time: Full-time students can complete the degree in one year, though most take 18 months.
  • Field Education: Students must complete 450 field hours, typically spread across two semesters. Advanced standing students must have completed at least 450 hours during their undergraduate studies.
  • Online Student Support: WNMU provides several resources for online learners, including round-the-clock Canvas support, orientation videos, and electronic tutoring.
  • Cost: $276/credit in-state; $341/credit out-of-state. Online students pay an additional fee of $30/credit.
  • Admission Requirements: Applicants must exhibit a 2.75 cumulative GPA on the most recent 64 credit hours their coursework for admission. GRE and GMAT scores are not required.

Western New Mexico University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Western New Mexico University's online social work programs are CSWE-accredited.


Eastern New Mexico University

Located in Portales, Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) is a public university with over 30 online degree programs, including the Department of Health and Human Services' online bachelor of social work.

With other degree programs in nursing, communicative disorders, and emergency services, ENMU's Department of Health and Human Services prepares students for problem-solving and disaster response in their communities. The experienced social work faculty specialize in areas such as child welfare, corrections, trauma treatment for children, mental health, military social work, and gerontology.


ENMU's Online Bachelor of Social Work

  • Credits and Courses: Each student must complete 120 credit hours of coursework to graduate, with 38 credits in general education, 61 credits in social work core requirements, and additional electives. Some courses run asynchronously, while others require a regular virtual meeting.
  • Completion Time: Full-time students can complete the social work portion of the degree in two years.
  • Field Education: The program requires each student to take part in 480 hours of fieldwork, spread across two semesters.
  • Other Requirements: Each student must complete a senior capstone seminar to integrate the knowledge they have gained in the program with their individual career plans.
  • Transfer Policies: Undergraduate credits from accredited institutions may transfer with the permission of department faculty. ENMU provides a transfer credit tool on its admissions website, where students can assess which of their courses may transfer.
  • Online Student Support: ENMU provides many resources for its online students, including access to writing center assistance, specialized library services, tutoring, and online counseling.
  • Cost: $167/credit in-state; $250/credit out-of state.
  • Admission Requirements: Each applicant must possess a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. ACT or SAT scores are required.

Eastern New Mexico University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Eastern New Mexico University's online social work programs are CSWE-accredited.


New Mexico State University

Located in Las Cruces with a satellite campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico State University (NMSU) boasts over 70 online programs. The School of Social Work offers an online master of social work, as well as online and hybrid certificate, associate, bachelor's, and doctoral degrees.

The experienced faculty members are well-versed in a diverse array of research subjects, including mental health, social justice, child welfare and immigration policy, cultural competence, school-based mental health policy, and community engagement.


NMSU's Online Master of Social Work

  • Concentrations: NMSU's master of social work comes with a focus on advanced generalist social work practice with populations of the Southwest.
  • Credits and Courses: Each student must complete 60 credit hours to graduate. Advanced standing students complete 30 credit hours. Courses may run synchronously or asynchronously.
  • Completion Time: Full-time students can complete the program in two years. Advanced standing students can complete the program in one year.
  • Field Education: Each student must complete 950 hours of practicum.
  • Transfer Policies: Students may transfer a maximum of nine credit hours into the 60-credit program.
  • Online Student Support: Students receive academic support and advising through their programs and technical assistance via the Canvas course platform.
  • Cost: $400/credit
  • Admission Requirements: Each applicant must possess a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Admission may be granted on a provisional basis to students with GPAs of 2.5.

New Mexico State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). New Mexico State University's online social work programs are CSWE-accredited.

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