Western New Mexico University (WNMU) Online MSW Program

Western New Mexico University’s (WNMU) School of Social Work offers an online MSW program with an advanced generalist concentration. Students are able to customize their program through taking electives in specialized areas such as child welfare, gerontology, school social work, and military social work. WNMU aims to prepare students to provide support to individuals, groups, families, and organizations, and to assume leadership roles in developing social services within their communities.

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WNMU offers both a traditional standing program, which requires students to complete 60 course credits over the course of two to three years (depending on full-time or part-time enrollment), and an advanced standing program (program requires a Bachelor of Social Work) that is comprised of 39 course credits that students can complete over the course of three semesters (one full calendar year) (full-time) or between 1.5 and 2.5 years (part-time). WNMU’s online MSW program features a combination of asynchronous online courses and face-to-face instruction over desktop web conferences held during evenings and weekends.

Traditional standing student must complete 900 hours of field practicum, while advanced standing students must fulfill 450 hours of field practicum. Field education hours are divided across multiple semesters. Students collaborate with the field liaison to determine agency sites that fit their goals.

Applicants to either the traditional standing or advanced standing program must submit two applications–one to the WNMU Graduate Division, and one to WNMU’s Social Work Program. Students interested in either program should also note that, in addition to typical application materials such as college transcripts and a professional resume, they must submit five  letters of recommendation as well as a personal statement essay. The letters of recommendation should consist of a Professional reference (an individual who supervised your performance in a work, field practicum, or volunteer setting.) and an academic reference ( a college professor or academic advisor.).

Western New Mexico University’s online MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). WNMU is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).


Western New Mexico University Online MSW Program: Overview

Department: Western New Mexico University's School of Social Work

Degree Types: Traditional and Advanced Standing

Concentrations: Advanced Generalist with electives

Program Structure: Online with field instruction (no campus visits required)

Instruction Methods: Program allows some flexibility with classes and electives, so students are in loosely structured cohorts – classes use a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

Program Information – Traditional Standing Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Masters of Social Work
  • Phone Number: (575) 538-6421

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: 900 hours (four semesters: 225 hours per semester)
  • Number of Credits Required: 60 credits

Program Length

  • Program Options: Full-time and Part-time Options
  • Program Length: Program takes two to three years depending on full-time or part-time enrollment
  • Program Start Dates: Fall, spring and summer admission

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • GRE Information: Not Required

Program Information – Advanced Standing Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Masters of Social Work – Advanced Standing
  • Phone Number: (575) 538-6421

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: 450 hours
  • Number of Credits Required: 39 credits

Program Length

  • Program Options: Full-time and Part-time Options
  • Program Length: Full-time - One year, Part-time - Between one and a half and three years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall, spring and summer admission

Admission Requirements

  • BSW Requirement: Students must have completed a BSW from a CSWE accredited program within 8 years of the date of application
  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • GRE Information: Not Required

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