Online MSW Programs in New Mexico (NM)

Western New Mexico University and New Mexico State University are the only institutions in the state that offer fully online MSW programs. Instruction for both of the programs is a mix of asynchronous and synchronous coursework Beyond the online coursework, the programs also require students to complete field education at local health services agencies.

Please note: All online MSW programs require students to complete field education at a local health services agency.

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Western New Mexico University’s School of Social Work offers both traditional and advanced standing tracks, as well as an Advanced Generalist concentration. The traditional track is 60 credits and requires 900 hours of field education split evenly between four semesters. Full-time and part-time options are available, with the former to be completed in two years and the latter to be completed in three years. The advanced standing track is only 39 credits and requires 450 hours of field education. Full time and part time options are also available for this track, with the former to be completed in one year and the latter in one and a half to two and a half years, depending on the course load.

New Mexico State University offers an Advanced Generalist Practice concentration with Populations of the Southwest. The program is offered full time to students in both traditional and advanced tracks.

In addition to in-state options, students residing in the state have several out-of-state online MSW options. There are many out-of-state universities with online MSW programs that accept students from New Mexico, and the majority of these programs are fully online, meaning they do not require students to visit campus while earning their degrees. Some of these programs do necessitate a limited number of visits, and these may be the ideal medium for students who want the flexibility of an online program yet would still prefer to meet their professors and classmates in person.

Several out-of-state online MSW programs also offer the same tuition rate to in-state and out-of-state students, so aspiring social workers in New Mexico would be wise to research as many options as possible. To learn more about a particular program below, click on the name of the school.

Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from New Mexico

Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from New Mexico
University Name Program Structure Program Options
Adelphi University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
Arizona State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Baylor University
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Boise State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Boston University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
California State University, Northridge 100% Online Traditional FT
California State University, San Bernardino Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT
Campbellsville University 100% Online Traditional FT, Advanced FT & PT
Capella University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Case Western Reserve University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Columbia University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced PT
Delaware State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Edinboro University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Florida State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Fordham University
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George Mason University 100% Online Traditional PT
Humboldt State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
Indiana University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Louisiana State University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced FT
Loyola University Chicago 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Metropolitan State University of Denver 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
New Mexico State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Ohio State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Ohio University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Our Lady of the Lake University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Portland State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT, Advanced FT
Rutgers University 100% Online Traditional PT, Advanced FT
Samford University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
San Jose State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT
Simmons University
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100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Syracuse University
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100% Online Traditional PT, Advanced FT & PT
Temple University 100% Online Traditional PT
Texas State University - San Marcos 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
The Catholic University of America 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Tulane University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced FT
University at Buffalo (SUNY) 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Arkansas 100% Online Advanced FT
University of Central Florida 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Denver
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University of Georgia 100% Online Traditional PT
University of Houston 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Kentucky 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
University of Louisville 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Nevada, Reno 100% Online Traditional 8 Semesters, Advanced 4 Semesters
University of New England (UNE) 100% Online Traditional PT, Advanced Accelerated & PT
University of New Hampshire 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
University of North Dakota Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
University of South Florida 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Tennessee at Knoxville 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley 100% Online Advanced FT
West Virginia University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Western New Mexico University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Winthrop University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Yeshiva University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT

All online MSW programs require field education at a local health services agency. Programs that are 100% online do not require students to visit the campus during the program.

How to Become a Social Worker in New Mexico

The New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners issues three types of social work license: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), and Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW). Below are some common steps to become a social worker in New Mexico, which you should confirm with New Mexico’s board of social workers. Information regarding licensure in New Mexico was last retrieved in August 2020.

Pathway to Become an LCSW in New Mexico

Pathway to Become an LMSW in New Mexico

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Master of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Pass the Masters Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards and the Jurisprudence Examination.
  • Complete the New Mexico Cultures course.
  • Apply to the New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners.

Pathway to Become an LBSW in New Mexico

  • Complete a Bachelor of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Pass the Bachelor’s Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards and the Jurisprudence Examination.
  • Complete the New Mexico Cultures course.
  • Apply to the New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners.

For more detailed information on becoming a social worker in New Mexico, visit the New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners.

You can also refer to our guides on general requirements for becoming a social worker and becoming an LCSW.

Last updated: September 2020