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State overview

New Mexico is a unique state in America. Sparsely-populated it may be, but nowhere else mixes cultures and languages so successfully. Native Americans, Hispanics and Anglos all coexist relatively harmoniously here, while more than 35% of the population speak a language other than English at home.

New Mexico has its quirks. This is a state of aliens at Roswell, bats in caverns at Carlsbad and famous art in Santa Fe. Above all, New Mexico is a state that surprises at every turn. Famous for its research universities, you can do a lot worse than study a graduate program in New Mexico.

Education profile

New Mexico is home to many universities involved in research and has the highest concentration of PhD holders in the United States. Home to four university systems and numerous private colleges, some of the places you can study a graduate program in New Mexico include:

Professional, or ‘terminal’, masters are designed to lead to employment rather than further study. Popular courses include: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) and Master of Library Science (M.L.S.).

Academic masters, however, are generally designed to lead the way into doctorate/PhD study. Popular courses include: Master of Education (M.Ed.), and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.).

Both last between one and three years, depending on the subject.

Doctoral degrees are the most advanced level of higher education, and usually take between four and eight years to complete, which includes the time it takes to write and present a dissertation. 

Immigration and visas

Before coming to study a postgraduate course in New Mexico, you will need to apply for a non-immigrant visa.

The most common kind of student visa is the F-1 visa, which entitles the holder to study at any US accredited college or university.
To apply for a student visa for a graduate program in New Mexico you will need to fill out an application form (found on the US Embassy website) and send appropriate documentation, such as evidence of financial standing and proof of university acceptance and academic qualifications, as well as possibly attending a visa interview at the US Embassy in your home country.

Life in New Mexico

New Mexico has an extremely diverse population used to accepting people from outside cultures and ways of life, making it a perfect place for an international postgraduate to study in America. Many residents still speak Spanish as a first language.
New Mexico is still a hotbed of Native American culture, with communities of Navajo and Apache living on federal reservations in the state.

One of New Mexico’s largest cities is Santa Fe, which has a thriving artistic community and was home to renowned artist Georgia O’Keeffe. New Mexico’s capital city is a great place to study a graduate program in art or design, and is full of museums and artistic colonies.

Working in New Mexico

New Mexico’s economy is led by three main industries – petroleum and gas production, federal government projects and tourism. New Mexico’s is the United States’ third leading producer of crude oil and natural gas, while many of the state’s government projects focus on the military. New Mexico is home to three air force bases and a testing range. The US government employs more than 25% of New Mexico’s population.

Another growing sector in the state is tourism, which is embracing new technology and at the same time becoming a popular retirement destination.

Accommodation

Most postgraduate students in New Mexico will choose to live university accommodation. The benefits of university accommodation include living on campus, meeting fellow students and living in an atmosphere of learning. You can normally secure university accommodation through your institution’s housing department on a first-come, first-served basis.

Your university housing department will also be able to advise you on good places to live and costs should you prefer to find your own accommodation.

Weather and climate

New Mexico has an arid climate, receiving just 350mm of rain each year. With a landscape including mountains, desert and high plains, New Mexico’s climate can be changeable. During summer months, average daytime temperatures can reach more than 38C, but winter lows can fall well below freezing.