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Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Promote Human and Social Well-Being

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Program Quick Facts

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Prepare for a meaningful career in serving and supporting the marginalized and oppressed.

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Flexible, online classes make it easier to reach your goals while balancing work and family life.

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Get up to 100% of tuition covered with the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship.*

Take the First Step Toward a Career in Social Work

Social work is a rewarding and meaningful career choice where you can make a real impact on the lives of your community. With the NMSU Global Campus Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program, you’ll be prepared with the knowledge, values, and skills essential for professional social work practice in a multicultural society.

NMSU is the only R2 research university providing social worker education in New Mexico — and we are a leader among schools for social work in the United States. Our program is committed to serving people impacted by poverty and oppression through the promotion of empowerment, cultural humility and competence, and social and economic justice.

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Career Pathways

With the Bachelor of Social Work degree, some of your many rewarding career options include:

  • Case Manager
  • Child Welfare Specialist
  • Director of Social Services
  • Habilitation Specialist
  • Mental Health Technician
  • Outreach Worker
  • Probation Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
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“I love being a part of the Aggie community because it has been one of the most accepting and diverse communities I have been in.”

Elsie S., Class of 2023

The BSW program prepares you for a beginning professional level of generalist social work practice with an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity. You will learn to develop and apply culturally relevant, evidence-informed practices with social work clients and communities.

Delivery Format: 100% online
Program Credits: 120 credits
Cost Per Credit Hour: $395.40*
Active Military Cost Per Credit Hour: $250*
College: Health, Education, and Social Transformation
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The Bachelor of Social Work program consists of 120 credits. To earn this degree, you need to complete all University degree requirements, which include General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits, with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above.

Sample Courses Credits
SOWK 3110: Sociocultural Concepts 3
SOWK 3150: Social Work Research 3
SOWK 3210: Social Work Practice Skills 3
SOWK 4110: Social Welfare Policy: Legislation 3
SOWK 4210: Generalist Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities 3
SOWK 4310: Practicum I 3
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Developmental coursework will not count toward the degree requirements and/or elective credits but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Admissions requirements for the Bachelor of Social Work program include:

  • A GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Your resume
  • Your unofficial transcript
  • A personal statement
  • 2 letters of reference using the template provided to you

At NMSU Global Campus, we strive to offer competitively priced tuition to keep your tuition costs affordable. If you need financial aid, we’re ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work degree program at NMSU Global Campus have the opportunity to participate in the Child Welfare Scholar Program (CWSP). This program offers unique scholarship opportunities for BSW students interested in working for the New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department – Protective Services Division (CYFD) upon graduation. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply to the CWSP.

NMSU and NMSU Global Campus students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

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Phone: 1-888-729-6678


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**For NMSU Global Campus programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Global Campus programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.