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Online Bachelor of Social Work

With the online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), you'll have the skills and experience you need to make a positive impact in your community.

Start your career today and use your passion to transform the lives of children, adults and families.

Quick Look

  • CSWE-Accredited Program. Meet employers' qualifications to treat clients with an education accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • A Well-Rounded Curriculum. Prepare for a career in a variety of settings — from direct practice to community outreach and more — and get support in small classes. You'll graduate ready to earn the social work licensure you need to practice.
  • Meet Emerging Needs in the Field. Our BSW is one of only three social work programs in the country with an emphasis on serving the urgent needs of the Hispanic community, the fastest-growing demographic nationwide.
  • Fill the Demand for Social Workers. Social work employment is projected to grow 16 percent by 2026,1 creating almost 110,000 new jobs.
  • Flexible Online Learning Format. With a convenient online format, you can learn where and when you want.
  • Fieldwork Wherever You Live. Graduate with real-world experience through your fieldwork practicum.

As the first school of social work in the state of Texas, OLLU's Worden School of Social Service has a long-established record of educating social work leaders.

Experience a Cutting-Edge Social Work Curriculum

Our CSWE-accredited curriculum prepares you to serve individuals, families, groups or entire communities in need. Over the span of 120 hours of coursework, you will learn the principles of generalist social work practice, policy and direct service, as well as the basics of human behavior. If you have previously taken courses that relate to social work, you can find out how many of them are eligible for transfer credits by working with your admissions advisor.

Once you complete this program, you will be prepared to sit for the Bachelors Social Work credential in your state — so you can practice as a licensed social worker in a variety of social work settings.*

You can also earn your certification in Violence Prevention and Intervention (VPI) without taking on any extra credits. Learn to prevent child maltreatment and domestic violence while you help address poverty and exploitation at the systemic level.

In addition, upon completion of the BSW you can apply to the Advanced Standing online Master of Social Work program, which opens up even more opportunities for your social work career.

Help Others in a Profession That's on the Rise

There is a growing need for social workers in mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, hospitals and more. Learn to work in direct service as a social worker or clinical case manager, or manage a team as a health care administrator or program manager.

Employment in all fields of social work is projected to grow 16 percent by 2026 — double the national average rate of growth for all careers.1

Social Work Focus

Job Outlook Growth 2016–20261

Child, family and school social workers


Health care social workers


Mental health and substance abuse social workers


Social workers, all other


Learn From Diverse Social Work Leaders

OLLU's Worden School of Social Work employs social work experts with extensive and diverse experience both working in the field and educating others. Learn from an outstanding team of BSW faculty invested in your success as a social worker, including BSW Program Director, Kimberly Gallegos. In a recent interview, Dr. Gallegos provides a little more insight into the BSW program.

"They always stayed connected, either via phone, video conferencing, email, or even text messages."
— Rebecca Rebstock, online social work graduate

Are You Ready?

Learn more about the online Bachelor of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University; call 855-275-1082 or request more information today.

*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.


1Bureau of Labor Statistics (April 2019). Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social Workers. Retrieved May 28, 2019, from