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Admissions Information

Students interested in applying to any of the online degree programs at Our Lady of the Lake University have access to a wealth of support and guidance from helpful staff members. If you have any questions or need assistance at any point in the application process, simply call an admissions advisor at 855-275-1082.

Admissions requirements and procedures vary for each online program at Our Lady of the Lake. You can find details for each program listed below:

Requirements for Online Bachelor of Social Work for First-Time Freshmen:

Apply for admission as a first-time freshman if you have not attended college. Select this status even if you've earned college credits while in high school or during the summer immediately following high school graduation.

If you have attended a college or university since graduating from high school or earning a GED, see Requirements for BSW Transfer Students section below.

  • A complete application: OLLU Online Application
  • $35 application fee: OLLU Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previous post-secondary work (if you do not have an associate's degree, you must also submit your high school transcripts as well as ACT or SAT scores)
  • A GPA of at least 2.5 with minimum scores of 840 on the SAT or 15 on the ACT
  • A GPA of at least 2.0 with minimum scores of 880 on the SAT or 15 on the ACT
  • Students who do not meet the grade and test requirements are recommended to submit letters of recommendation, a resume, or a personal statement to supplement their application

Requirements for Online Bachelor of Social Work Transfer Students:

Apply as a transfer student if you have attended a college or university since graduating from high school or earning a GED.

Admission decisions are made as soon as all application materials have been received. Applying early is important since admission to OLLU is needed to ensure consideration for financial aid, housing, academic advising and registration.

Submit the following to be considered for admission:

  • Application for admission — apply online using the OLLU application
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. (If you do not have an associate's degree or have less than 24 transferable semester hours, you must submit your official high school transcript with date of graduation or GED certificate with a minimum score of 45 in each of the five sections)
  • Official college transcript of dual credit earned while in high school (if applicable)
  • Accuplacer test is required if student has not received college-level math credit
  • SAT or ACT scores

Once you apply, you should receive a response within one week.

Application deadline and program start dates:

 

Spring

Summer

Fall

Deadline Dates

NA

NA

August 2020

Start Dates

NA

NA

August 15, 2020

Requirements for the Online Master of Business Administration:

Once you complete the OLLU Online Application and submit the $40 application fee, you must provide the following:

  • A complete and current résumé
  • Official transcripts from all previous post-secondary work
  • A list of three references knowledgeable about your managerial and/or professional performance
  • A personal statement of one to two double-spaced pages describing your long-range professional and scholarly interests

To apply to this program, you must also have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution — as well as a GPA of at least 2.50* for cumulative undergraduate work. International students must supply additional information. See the International Students page for details.

Once you apply, you should receive a response within two weeks.

Application deadline and program start dates:

 

Spring

Summer

Fall

Deadline Dates

December 13, 2019

April 2020

August 2020

Start Dates

January 11, 2020

May 9, 2020

August 15, 2020

*Candidates with a GPA near, but below, a 2.50 may be considered for the MBA program with an additional GPA Statement to discuss the circumstances surrounding the undergraduate GPA and plans to be successful at the graduate level

Requirements for the Online Master of Arts in Counseling:

Once you complete the OLLU Online Application and submit the $40 application fee, you must provide the following:

  • A complete and current résumé
  • Official and sealed transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended
  • A personal statement
  • A student acknowledgment form
  • A completed student questionnaire
  • A reference form
  • A current teaching license (if you are a teacher)
  • A teaching service record (if applicable)
  • FERPA Consent to Release Educational Records and Information form – Written consent for release of test records to certification officer and program faculty

To apply to this program, you must also have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution — as well as a minimum 2.75 GPA, or 3.0 for your last 60 hours of academic tenure. You will also be required to pay a $10 fee and complete a background check and authorization form.

Once you apply, you should receive a response within one week.

Application deadline and program start dates:

 

Spring

Summer

Fall

Deadline Dates

December 2019

April 2020

August 2020

Start Dates

January 11, 2020

May 9, 2020

August 15, 2020

NOTE: Applicants who do not meet all the requirements of the ideal candidate are still encouraged to apply. Admissions decisions are based on holistic reviews of an applicant's entire application package.

Requirements for the Online Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing Program:

For the Advanced Standing MSW program all of the following is required for consideration after the OLLU Online Application and $40 application fee have been submitted:

  • A complete and current résumé
  • A completed form for each Letter of Recommendation: LOR Form
  • Official transcripts from all previous post-secondary work
  • Three letters of recommendation no more than one year old (at least one from an academician if in school within the last three years, others from employers or supervisors)
  • A personal statement addressing the following areas: motivation for graduate studies, motivation for social work, social work-related employment and/or volunteer experiences, social work career goals, and understanding of and identification with the Worden School of Social Service mission.

To apply to this program, you must also have a bachelor's degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) — as well as a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 in all undergraduate coursework and cumulative social work majors.

Once you apply, you should receive a response within one week.

Application deadline and program start dates:

 

Spring A

Spring B

Summer A

Summer B

Fall A

Fall B

Deadline Dates

December 2019

February 2020

April 2020

June 2020

August 2020

October 2020

Start Dates

January 11, 2020

March 7, 2020

May 9, 2020

June 27, 2020

August 15, 2020

October 10, 2020

Requirements for the Online Master of Social Work – Foundation Program:

For the Foundation MSW program all of the following is required for consideration after the OLLU Online Application and $40 application fee have been submitted:

  • A complete and current résumé
  • A completed form for each Letter of Recommendation: LOR Form
  • Official transcripts from all previous post-secondary work
  • Three letters of recommendation no more than one year old (at least one from an academician if in school within the last three years, others from employers or supervisors)
  • A personal statement addressing the following areas: motivation for graduate studies, motivation for social work, social work-related employment and/or volunteer experiences, social work career goals, and understanding of and identification with the Worden School of Social Service mission

To apply to this program, you must also have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution — as well as a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50*, or a 3.00 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work.

Once you apply, you should receive a response within one week.

Application deadline and program start dates:

 

Spring A

Spring B

Summer A

Summer B

Fall A

Fall B

Deadline Dates

December 2020

February 2020

April 2020

June 2020

August 2020

October 2020

Start Dates

January 11, 2020

March 7, 2020

May 9, 2020

June 27, 2020

August 15, 2020

October 10, 2020

*If cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.00, but above 2.50, an additional GPA statement will be required to discuss the circumstances surrounding the undergraduate GPA and plans to be successful at the graduate level.

Request more information about admissions at Our Lady of the Lake University online or call us at 855-275-1082 to speak to an admissions advisor right away.