Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work
Our Lady of the Lake University

Program Details

Join a longstanding tradition of excellence in social work education with an online PhD in Social Work through Our Lady of the Lake University.  Studies will emphasize advanced social work practice, transforming students into practitioner-scholars.  Full time studies will cover topics including but not limited to:

  • Statistics
  • Quantitative Research
  • Grants and Proposals

Through this program students are prepared to contribute to advanced research and continue in the human services field with the knowledge and skills to affect positive change.  Take advantage of a program providing excellent mentorship, rigorous academic opportunity, and support for under-represented scholars.  Work within a cohort of peers, build on skills in leadership and critical thinking, and become a successful professional through OLLU online.

Learning Pace


% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Our Lady of the Lake University is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Essay/Writing Sample, Interview, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV

Additional Info

  • Applicants must have a MSW from a CSWE-accredited social work program and at least two years (three preferred) of post-MSW direct practice experience.
  • It is preferred that applicants have licensure at the advanced clinical practice level.
  • Students must attend a week-long residency each summer of study.