University of the Southwest is a Christ-centered educational community dedicated to developing men and women for a lifetime of servant leadership by emphasizing individual faith, responsibility, and initiative.
Teaching at University of the Southwest adheres to belief in God, in the Bible as the inspired Word of God, in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and in the separation of church and state.
University of the Southwest strives for excellence in academic curriculum, campus life programming, and student activities in a supportive educational community where freedom of thought and expression is honored and the demonstration of faith in acts of service is encouraged.
At University of the Southwest, students are instructed and mentored by a faculty and staff who demonstrate Christ-centered values and maintain an environment where students can live and work cooperatively, valuing the multiple cultures from which they come.
As a community of initiative, University of the Southwest challenges graduates to become enterprising members of our society contributing to the common good by advocating and participating in the productive commerce of free enterprise, the constitutional privilege of self-government, and the practical contributions of community service.
University of Southwest is a private institution of higher learning established in 1962. USW exists to create tomorrow's leaders who embrace bold ideas with a willingness to take strong action tempered with passion and reason, courage, and commitment.
University of Southwest offers distance education opportunities to students all over the world.
Southwest delivers courses online with Blackboard and CAMS-Enterprise course management. Courses are enhanced with e/pop Web conferencing, MediaCAST, as well as Interactive Video Delivery (IVC).
University of Southwest is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; 800-621-7440).
The MBA in accounting is a 36 credit hour program delivered entirely online. The program is designed for individuals seeking their CPA certification and a career in accountancy. Students can complete the program in as little as 14 months and quickly gain a professional edge by working with instructors who are industry leaders in accounting. The program includes a strategic overview of accounting concepts, methodologies, and techniques aimed at providing students a competitive advantage in a dynamic career field.
The MBA in finance is a 36 credit hour program delivered entirely online. The program is designed for individuals seeking their CFP certification, securities license, and/or a career in the financial services sector. Students can complete the program in as little as 14 months and quickly gain a professional edge by working with instructors who are industry leaders in financial planning, consulting, and investment analysis. The program includes the practical application of financial concepts, methodologies, and techniques aimed at providing students a competitive advantage in a dynamic career field.
The Law Enforcement & Corrections MBA is a 36 credit hour program that students can complete in as little as 12 months. The program is designed to help law enforcement and correctional officers budget finances, manage officers, and become strong, well-rounded leaders. Students can earn their degree from anywhere. Classes are 100% online, which provides great flexibility. A business degree is not required to be accepted into our program, and professional and military training could equal credits. An MBA with a specialization in Law Enforcement and Corrections will give graduates the edge they need in order to serve a higher purpose.
The MBA in marketing is a 36 credit hour program delivered entirely online. The program is designed for students pursuing an exciting career in marketing, sales, advertising, or promotion. Students can complete the program in as little as 14 months and quickly gain a professional edge by working with instructors who are industry leaders in the field. The program includes the design and application of marketing tools, campaigns, and promotional techniques aimed at providing students a competitive advantage in a truly engaging career.
The Research Track MBA is designed for students with a strong desire to participate in academic research and scholarly writing/publication. As a 36 credit hour (minimum) program delivered entirely online, students engage in a well-rounded, multidisciplinary curriculum which addresses all of the primary content areas. Prior to completion of the program, students will work closely with a core team of subject matter experts to develop a research-based thesis. This committee will guide the student through the design, data collection, and analysis phases of the thesis project, providing a solid foundation for future study. Many Research Track MBA students choose to continue their academic career in a PhD/Doctoral program.
The self-designed MBA is a 36 credit hour program delivered entirely online. The program is designed to provide students with a customized, versatile specialization that is directly relevant to their existing or intended career path. Students can complete the program in as little as 14 months and have significant control over their area of specialization by tailoring their course preferences to suit their own needs. Students can choose up to twelve credit hours (4 classes) from the emphasis area course list to create a specialization that meets their career objectives.
Sport management and recreational career opportunities are emerging from the growing global popularity of sports and recreation activities. Many sport and recreation organizations operate as small businesses. Professionals with an advanced degree specializing in the financial, management, programing, risk-management, and psychological issues related to sport and recreation have a variety of career opportunities.
These sport and recreation leadership opportunities include professional, inter-collegiate, and amateur sport franchises; sport tourism; sport and recreation merchandizing; non-profit youth and adult sport and recreation organizations; public parks and recreation agencies; military recreation; and international sport and recreation governing agencies.
The MBA in strategic management is a 36 credit hour program delivered entirely online. The program is designed for entrepreneurs and executives charged with developing strategic plans within their organization. Students can complete the program in as little as 14 months and quickly gain a professional edge by working with instructors who are industry experts at the design, development, and implementation of strategic initiatives. The program focuses on the tools, models, and techniques used to create competitive strategies with the goal of providing students expertise their career field.
This program prepares candidates to become counselors as defined by the American Counseling Association (ACA) 1997 definition of professional counseling as, "...the application of mental health, psychological or human development principles, through cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic interventions, strategies that address wellness, personal growth, or career development, as well as pathology." Intern and Practicum students can work in a variety of mental health settings.
University of the Southwest’s Master of Science in Education, School Counseling is a 42-credit, fully online degree program designed to prepare you for licensure as a school counselor in primary, elementary, middle, and high school settings.
With coursework in counseling theories and techniques; counseling ethics; career development; and group, family and child/adolescent counseling, you will develop the knowledge and skillset to interact with students from varying backgrounds and serve as an advocate for their academic, career and personal success. You will learn how to:
Practicums and an internship are required and can be completed in a variety of settings.
The Master of Science in Education, School Counseling is accredited by the New Mexico Public Education Department and prepares students for licensure as a school counselor in state of New Mexico.
Out-of-State-Residents: Please contact your state’s department of education to determine if University of the Southwest’s program meets your state’s licensing and certification regulations.
University of the Southwest also offers a post-master’s licensure program for individuals who already have a master's degree but wish to become a licensed school counselor in New Mexico.
Facts & Figures
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Private, not-for-profit, Higher Education
Online, Blackboard delivery system.
Master's College or University II
Internet Explorer 7.0 or later , Mozilla Firefox or Safari 5.0 or later, DSL or faster internet connection.
None. Internships for Master’s programs are arranged and supervised locally.
Federal, state, and private loans offered to eligible students.