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Accredited and Flexible Online Programs

You'll love our esteemed rankings and respected degrees — so will your future employers.

As a Catholic liberal arts and sciences institution, Our Lady of the Lake University is proud to offer rigorous curriculums that provide real-world knowledge to enrich your professional life, as well as the lives you serve.

Listed among “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report®.

Our online programs give you access to the advanced technology and leading-edge industry techniques necessary to excel at your own pace. Enjoy comprehensive coursework from an institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Online Bachelor's Degree Programs

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

The online Bachelor of Social Work will provide you with the foundational skills and experience you need to earn social work licensure and start a career in a variety of social work settings — from direct practice to community outreach and more.


Meet Emerging Community Needs

OLLU's online BSW is one of only three social work programs in the country with an emphasis on service to families and children in the Hispanic community, the fastest-growing demographic nationwide. You can also earn certification in Violence Prevention and Intervention without taking on any extra credits.


Hands-On Training for an In-Demand Field

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is projected to grow 16 percent by 2026. Graduate ready to meet this need through two supervised fieldwork experiences in social work settings.


Flexible Scheduling

With a convenient, online format, you can learn where and when you want. The BSW, which consists of 60 credit hours for the major and 120 credit hours for the full program, can be completed in as few as two years.

Online Master’s Degree Programs

Master of Social Work

The CSWE-accredited MSW program is offered 100% online by OLLU's Worden School of Social Service, one of the nation’s premier graduate schools in social work. It can be taken by experienced social workers or professionals looking to move into the field.

This specialized program is one of three in the U.S. to provide a rich understanding of the needs of children and families in the Hispanic community — a population that reached a record 59.9 million in 2018, and accounted for half of all U.S. population growth between 2008 and 2018.1 As a result, the demand for professionals with the expertise to work with this population effectively has grown.

Choose the program that's right for you.

  • Advanced Standing Program

    This 30-credit hour program is meant to move current social work professionals to advanced practice quickly. If you have a BSW from a CSWE-accredited program, you can earn your MSW in 12–20 months.

  • Foundation MSW Program

    This 57-credit hour program is designed for those with an undergraduate degree in another field. If you'd like your next career move to involve service through social work, you can earn your MSW in 24–38 months.

Career Information: Employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow 13% by 2028, and the median annual wage in 2019 was $67,150.

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Master of Business Administration

This 100-percent online MBA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). There are two options for specialization within the program, depending on your current field and future career goals:

MBA in Management
Gain vital critical-thinking and decision-making skills as you study timely subjects in the business world, such as supply chain management and globalization. You'll gain the high-level managerial outlook needed to run and market a business, as well as the ability to craft strategic solutions to address finance, legal and ethical issues.


Career Information: Employment of top executives is projected to grow eight percent by 2026, earning $104,700 annually.

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016 to 2026)


MBA in Healthcare Management
Acquire the skills to apply management techniques and principles to the specific needs of the growing health care sector. You'll graduate ready for roles in health care management. This specialization enables you to think strategically and problem-solve for health care concerns, so you can efficiently run and market a health care business.


Career Information: Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20 percent by 2026, earning a median annual wage of $98,350.

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016 to 2026)

Master of Arts in Counseling

Take your counseling career to the next level with OLLU's online MA in Counseling. Choose from three specializations:

  • School Counseling
    Help students of all ages get the most out of their education by assessing and finding solutions to common behavioral and learning problems, promoting psychological health, and implementing effective career development planning.
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    Help clients of all ages and cultures overcome their emotional health challenges as a clinical mental health counselor in government and non-government facilities, private practice, inpatient or outpatient agencies, or community organizations.
  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
    Improve the lives of vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, veterans, those suffering from chronic illness and disability, and recovering addicts. Provide both mental health counseling and vocational support to help people build a better quality of life.

Each curriculum meets 2016 CACREP Standards, so you'll gain a mix of both foundational knowledge and real-world skills you can put to practice as a counselor.


Career Information: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specializations can help prepare you to sit for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) certification.

U.S. Military Personnel and Veterans, We Welcome You

We are proud to offer a 10% tuition discount on our online programs to U.S. military service members and veterans. You may also be eligible for tuition benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs as part of the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. Dedicated staff in our Financial Aid office will guide you through this process and answer questions.

OLLU is consistently on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

NOTE: Applicants seeking licensure are encouraged to review all applicable eligibility requirements related to the respective occupational license per the Texas occupations code HB 1508.

1 Flores, A., Lopez, M.H., Krogstad, J.M. (2019 July 8). U.S. Hispanic population reached a new high in 2018, but growth has slowed. Pew Research Center. Retrieved July 23, 2019, from

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