Online Master of Social Work

12 Month MSW

CSWE Accredited

6 Starts Per Year

No GRE/MAT Required

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Serve Others as a Culturally-Informed Social Service Leader

Transform Your Career with a Catholic Education Built on Purpose

As you prepare to make a difference in the world one individual at a time, discover how you can be in touch with our nation’s changing demographics. Ranked a “Best Online Social Work” degree by College Choice and U.S. News and World Report, Our Lady of the Lake University’s Master of Social Work degree will prepare you to care for the needs of the Hispanic population – the nation’s fastest-growing community – and it’s one of only three program curriculums to offer this culturally-connected emphasis.

Whether you’ve just decided to pursue social work, or you’re advancing your career as a social worker, we have several program options to fit your needs.

Our 30-credit hour Advanced Standing program is meant to move current social work professionals to advanced practice in as little as 12 months if you hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited program.

Our 57-credit hour Foundation program can be completed in as few as two years and is designed to give you the foundational knowledge needed to prepare for a career in social service.

OLLU also offers an online dual MSW/MBA program for students interested in pursuing leadership, administrative, and management positions who have a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program. This online program is accredited by the CSWE and ACBSP and combines advanced social work topics with essential business skill development in marketing, management, finance, and more. It serves as a cost-effective way to earn two valuable industry credentials in 2.5 years.

With small class sizes and knowledge gained from some of the finest social advocates, policymakers and social service educators, you’ll graduate from your program of choice prepared to sit for the LSW examination to propel your social work career.

Start your educational journey at Our Lady of the Lake University where you’ll become part of a close-knit community that fosters your academic, spiritual, personal, and professional growth to prepare you for success and service. Become part of the next generation of leaders with a convenient online format that presents unique, hands-on learning experiences.

Advanced Standing and Foundation Programs Available

Pioneering Social Work Education in Texas since 1942

Projected social worker job growth is 17%1

10% discount for U.S. military students and possible VA benefits

The highest 10% of social service managers earn $115,800 per year.2

Flexible Online Curriculum Coupled with Real-World Field Experiences

Engage in social work research in our foundation and advanced standing program courses. Build your social work competencies with convenient online seminars and close-to-home fieldwork experiences (field placement assistance is available). OLLU’s top-notch field practicum uses the framework established by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and its Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Some of our faculty experts have won teaching awards, routinely present at national conferences, and have published in industry journals. They share their experiences with trauma-informed care, substance abuse, child welfare, and severe mental illness as well as their work with military clients, minority groups, LGBTQ, elderly, families, and other groups.­ You’ll gain hands-on, direct-practice experiences in a variety of settings guided by an experienced social worker.

Council on Social Work Education

Here are some of the courses that will prepare you for taking the licensure exam:

Advanced Standing Social Work Field Education I

First of three sequenced courses. Required field placement in an approved human service organization under the instruction and supervision of a licensed master’s level social worker. Concentration is social work practice with Hispanic children and families.

Advanced Integrative Seminar I

Seminar designed to ensure students integrate their required graduate social work coursework with the experiential learning in their field education internship. Provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate attainment of core competencies. Concentration is social work practice for Hispanic children and families.


Study of basic concepts related to the development and assessment of abnormal behavior. Content focuses on major mental disorders, the diagnostic/assessment process and its application in a variety of settings using assessment tools such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Theories and Perspectives: Hispanic Children and Families

Critical analysis of theories and perspectives on Hispanic child and family development, functioning, and interaction in the social context.

Make an Impact as a Well-Educated Interventionalist

The ability to help others solve their problems which effectively makes the world a better place is just one of the many reasons professionals choose a career in social work. From experiencing the interconnectedness of relationships to seeing the total transformation of an individual, there are great rewards for social workers every day. Almost all clinical social work jobs require applicants to have an MSW.3 The employment of substance abuse social workers and mental health professionals is expected to grow 17% from 2019 to 2029,1 much faster than average. By building your skills in social service leadership and advanced direct practice with OLLU’s MSW program, you’ll be ready to sit for your LSW examination* and advance in this growing and rewarding field.

Top 10 Jobs for Social Workers4

  1. Medical/Clinical Social Worker
  2. Social and Community Service Manager
  3. Child Protection Services Worker
  4. Gerontological Social Worker
  5. Mental Health Social Worker
  6. Outpatient Health Specialist
  7. Public Health Manager
  8. Program/Clinical Director
  9. Hospice Social Worker
  10. Military Social Worker

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Sources and Disclaimer

  1. “Social Work: Occupational Outlook Handbook.” BLS. Retrieved on June 28, 2021 from
  2. “Social and Community Service Managers: Occupational Outlook Handbook.” BLS. Retrieved on June 28, 2021 from
  3. “Clinical vs Direct Practice Social Work.” Retrieved on June 28, 2021 from
  4. “Jobs and Careers in Social Work Degrees.” Affordable Colleges Online. Retrieved on June 25, 2021 from

*Licensure requirements vary by state. Students are responsible for understanding the requirements for social work licensure in their resident state. Applicants seeking licensure are encouraged to review all applicable eligibility requirements related to the respective occupational license per the Texas occupations code HB 1508.