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Earn Your Social Work Degree — 100% Online


Earn your social work degree online from a university that's pioneered social work education since 1942 and helps you connect with one of the fastest-growing populations in the U.S.

Between 2008 and 2018, Latinos accounted for 52% of all U.S. population growth, which reached a record 59.9 million in 2018.1 As a result, the demand for professionals who can work effectively with this population has grown as well.

Our Lady of the Lake University is one of three schools in the nation that provides a focus on the Hispanic community in social work programs. You'll graduate with a rich, unique understanding of the needs of children and families in this demographic, so you're better prepared to serve them.

Choose which online CSWE-accredited program is right for you.

Best in the West, U.S. News & World Report
Presidential Award for Excellence, Council on Social Work Education

Online Social Work Degrees

Online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Turn your passion into skills and make a positive impact in your community with the CSWE-accredited online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program.


Through your fieldwork practicum, you'll gain real-world experience in social work settings and our field placement specialist will help you find a practicum location near you that suits your unique interests.


You will also work directly with outstanding faculty who have decades of social work experience and are committed to your success, from day one to graduation and beyond.


Bachelor of Social Work Program Highlights:

  • CSWE-accredited
  • Convenient, flexible online format
  • Field placement assistance available
  • Prepares you for the Master of Social Work
  • Housed in The Worden School of Social Service, the first school of social work in Texas
  • Faculty of diverse social work leaders with a variety of experience in the field
  • 24/7 online support available


Community-Focused Curriculum

You'll learn to make an impact transforming the lives of children, adults and families through 120 hours of coursework, 39 of which will be spent studying principles of social work practice, the basics of human behavior, and social welfare policy.


Beyond preparing you for social work licensure,* the BSW curriculum allows you to pursue additional certification in Violence Prevention and Intervention (VPI). Work to address poverty, exploitation and abuse at the local and systemic level.


Prepare to Make a Difference

Mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, hospitals and more all need social workers. Employment for all areas of social work is projected to grow 16 percent by 2026, double the national average of growth in all sectors.1


Work in direct service as a social worker or case manager, manage a team as a health care administrator or program manager, and help others in a profession that's on the rise.

Online Master of Social Work (MSW)


Designed for those with or without academic and career experience as a social worker, the 100% online, CSWE-accredited MSW program builds your career in social service leadership and advanced direct practice.

Focusing on social work across the life span, the program prepares you for social service leadership and advanced direct practice for a variety of clients, from young children to elderly adults.

Through coursework, field practicums, and social-work research, you'll gain the knowledge and experience you need to build your career as an advanced practice social worker.

Program Highlights:

  • No GRE/MAT required
  • Hispanic-focused curriculum
  • Prepare to sit for the LMSW exam
  • Field placement assistance available
  • 24/7 online support available


Which Curriculum Is Right for You?

Housed in OLLU's award-winning Worden School, the CSWE-accredited online MSW program has options for those with a calling to work in this vital field, whether you earned a BSW or a bachelor’s degree in another discipline.

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.

Prepare for Licensure to Advance Your Career Options

The online MSW at Our Lady of the Lake prepares you for licensure so you can:

  • Expand the reach of those you treat
  • Qualify to work in more positions and settings
  • Gain autonomy in your treatment plans
  • Enter clinical practice
  • Take leadership positions

Ready to Begin?

To get started and join this growing field, call 855-275-1082 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information using the form on this page.

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education ( C S W E )


* NOTE: 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.


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

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