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Online Master of Social Work


The Capacity to Care. The Credentials to Succeed

Offered through the acclaimed Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), the online Master of Social Work degree program will prepare you to change the lives of children and families in need while building the foundation for your own career in social service leadership and advanced direct practice. Whether you are already working in the field or have the desire to join it, OLLU’s online MSW can help you achieve your goals of helping society and fighting for justice.

The very first school of social work in the state of Texas, OLLU’s Worden School of Social Service has been educating social work leaders since 1942. In 2009, the school earned the Presidential Award for Excellence from the Council on Social Work Education, an annual honor reserved for only one of the nearly 500 social work degree programs in America. This premier social work education from Our Lady of the Lake University is now available entirely online in a program designed specifically for the busy schedules of working adults.

Today’s Challenges. Tomorrow’s Opportunities.

OLLU’s online Master of Social Work (MSW) is one of only three social work master’s degree programs in the country with an emphasis on service to Hispanic families and children. The Hispanic population is the fastest-growing demographic community nationwide, meaning social workers all over America can benefit from particular expertise and understanding of the issues facing the Hispanic community. Such an advantage can help them provide not only the very best service but also to position themselves for maximum success and leadership in their social work careers. The MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University also focuses on social work across the life span, including service to elderly adults, who currently represent the largest single community of social service recipients.

A master’s degree in social work is a requirement for leadership positions in most government-funded, non-profit social service organizations. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the online MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University is a degree designed for versatility. Graduates of the program enter a robust job market, in which social workers with a Master of Social Work degree are highly sought to take leadership roles in social service and governmental agencies.

See our Career Outlook page for more information.

Degree Options to Fit Your Needs

Our Lady of the Lake University offers two tracks for students from a variety of academic backgrounds. For those with bachelor’s degrees in social work from an accredited program, we offer an advanced-standing MSW program that can be completed online in two to two and a half years. The full Master of Social Work program, which can be completed online in three to three and a half years, is designed for students who hold other undergraduate degrees but share in the desire to help improve society and fight for social justice and human rights.

For more information, see our Course Descriptions page.

Your capacity to care is what led you to a career in social work. The online Master of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University is the credential you need to succeed at the intersection of service and opportunity.

To learn more about the online Master of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University, call 855-275-1082 to speak with an admissions advisor right away, or you can request more information.