Program Overview

Our Lady of the Lake University's Worden School of Social Service, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious schools of social work, offers its acclaimed Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program entirely online, giving working adults the opportunity to work toward this career-building and service-oriented credential no matter where they reside.

The online MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University is one of only three social work master's degree programs in the United States that emphasizes service to Hispanic children and families, the fastest-growing demographic community in the nation. In addition, the Worden School was proud to receive the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence from the Council on Social Work Education, an annual honor reserved for just one of the nearly 500 social work degree programs in America.

Focusing on social work across the life span, the online MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University prepares students for social service leadership and advanced direct practice in a variety of settings and for a variety of clients, from young children to elderly adults (already the single largest group of social service recipients, and growing fast). The versatility of the online Master of Social Work at OLLU is just one reason why 100% of recent MSW students were employed and working in the field upon graduation.

About OLLU
Founded in 1895, Our Lady of the Lake University is a private, Catholic university with a deep tradition of service to underserved and disadvantaged populations. Accredited since its inception by the Council on Social Work Education, the Worden School of Social Service has been cultivating social work leaders since 1942 in a caring, diverse and supportive environment.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Council on Social Work Education


    A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Three references. Personal statement. Resume. Have a GPA of at least 2.50.

    A 30-credit-hour, advanced standing MSW program is available to students holding a bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited program.

    School Overview

    Our Lady of the Lake University is a private, Catholic university with a deep connection to the history and community of San Antonio. Founded in 1895 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, the University has developed a reputation for our personal teaching style. Since 2011, OLLU has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

    We are a university that helps students develop their full potential in an environment that's encouraging and stimulating.

    Online degree programs prepare professionals to provide leadership and make scholarly contributions to the advancement of knowledge in their fields, apply the most current information and technology to decision making and problem solving, work collaboratively, productively and ethically in culturally diverse settings, and contribute to the mission of the University by serving the needs of their communities.

    OLLU is dedicated and open to the changing needs of our students. Professors bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to each course and are available to help students through personal meetings, e-mail or by phone. Students come first at OLLU: You'll learn from instructors with real-time experience as well as academic credentials, who go beyond theory to explain your role and responsibilities.


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