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Explore the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree at New Mexico State

Great news! The NMSU School of Social Work is currently developing a new fully online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. The projected start date for this new 100% online program is August 2023. The curriculum for the online program will be exactly the same as the curriculum for our on-campus BSW program.

Interested in learning more? Fill out the Get Started form to request information today!

Please note: If the start of our fully online BSW program is delayed for any reason, all students admitted for Fall 2023 will have the option to join NMSU's on-site BSW program, which already offers several courses online.

Unique emphasis on serving the Southwest

NMSU's Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program prepares our students with the knowledge, values, and skills essential for professional social work practice in a multicultural society.

The BSW program prepares you for a beginning professional level of generalist social work practice with an understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the Southwest. Students gain an exemplary education in developing and applying culturally relevant, evidence-informed practices with social work clients and communities, particularly in the Southwest region of the United States.

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. As an BSW graduate of New Mexico State University, you’ll be ready to succeed in modern social work careers and practice!


Degree type: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Concentration: Beginning Generalist 

Other program options: Master of Social Work (MSW)Dual Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Public Health (MPH)  

College: Health, Education, and Social Transformation

Department: School of Social Work

Accredited by: Nationally accredited by Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Cost per credit hour:  

  • Undergraduate online: $395.40*† 
  • Active Military online: $250*† 

*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.

†For on-campus students, find tuition and fees here.

Why Choose New Mexico State University?

  • New Mexico’s #1 choice for online education
  • New Mexico’s oldest university, proudly serving students since 1888
  • Choose from 70+ Bachelor’s, Master’s and Certificate programs - 100% online
  • Experienced, expert faculty
  • Ranked fourth in “Best Colleges Online” and “Best Value Schools” by U.S. News & World Report
  • A recognized Hispanic serving institution (HSI)

Scholarships and Financial Aid

NMSU helps to keep your tuition costs affordable. But if you need financial help, NMSU is ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education to earn your Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.

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.

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.

Contact Financial Aid

Phone: 1-888-729-6678

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