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Online Dual MSW/MBA

Advance Your Career as a Social Work and Business Expert

CSWE and ACBSP accredited

Curriculum focused on Hispanic children and families

Advanced Standing program option

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  • Duration 2.5 years
  • Cost per Credit $962
  • Credit Hours 57

Program Benefits

  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Expert faculty
  • 100% online coursework
  • Local fieldwork placement

An Accredited, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program To Propel You Forward

With the online dual Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration (MSW/MBA) from Our Lady of the Lake University, you can prepare for advanced social work licensure while building essential business skills for administrative and managerial careers. This Advanced Standing program is only available to students who previously earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work from a CSWE-accredited institution.

When you study with OLLU, you will have access to faculty dedicated to your success and provide personal guidance and support. We also offer field placement assistance to help you find a practicum opportunity local to you.

The dual nature of this program allows you to complete both a business and social work core, giving you the advanced knowledge required to transition to leadership roles. The program also focuses on Hispanic children and families to deliver the specialized skills you need to work with the fastest-growing population in the United States.

Because this program is CSWE- and ACBSP-accredited, degrees are recognized nationally and globally for academic quality and industry relevance.

Graduates of the dual MSW/MBA program are impactful servant leaders who can apply insights from advanced assessments, field practice, and business studies to drive social and economic justice in their communities and beyond.

Prepare for Licensure and Leadership Opportunities

The field experience and business acumen you gain in OLLU’s dual Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration program will help you meet requirements for social work licensure and advance to leadership careers in social services, government agencies, and nonprofits. Jobs in social work positions are projected to grow 12% through 2030, faster than the national average.1 In addition, a master’s degree in social work is a requirement for employment in many supervisory, clinical, and specialty practice roles.

With the powerful combination of an MSW and MBA, you can stand out in the job market as an expert with the skills to make a positive impact.

Career Outlook

Enhance Your Skills for Professional Success

57 total credits

22 courses

500 field hours

OLLU’s online dual MSW/MBA program features advanced coursework, real-world field experience, and a curriculum focused on the unique needs of the Hispanic community. It is designed to prepare you for the licensed social worker exam and the next step in your career.

Course Highlights include:

  • Evaluation of Social Work Practice with Hispanic Children and Families
  • Psychopathology
  • Management Theory and Decision-Making Practices
  • The Economics of Global Business Conditions
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No GRE/GMAT required

To apply for the dual MSW/MBA program from Our Lady of the Lake University, you’ll need the following:

A completed online application
Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program and regionally accredited institution
GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Official transcripts from all previous post-secondary work
$40 application fee
Three letters of recommendation
Personal statement detailing your motivation to pursue the dual MSW/MBA
Business experience or a bachelor’s degree in business (applicants without a business background may need prerequisites in statistics, financial accounting, economics, and marketing)

Our online application is designed to be stress-free and quick to complete. Get started today.

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Save Time and Money with a Dual Degree

$962 per credit hour

Financial aid available

With OLLU’s dual Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration, you can complete two credentials at once with streamlined coursework that helps you save on tuition. Furthering your career with a graduate degree is an investment in your future, so we offer a range of resources to help you fund your studies. You can find full tuition details at the link below.

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What You’ll Learn

Through the online dual MSW/MBA program, you will build skills in leadership, research, decision-making, problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and more. The interdisciplinary knowledge and skills you gain will qualify you for advancement in social work and beyond.

Program Outcomes

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Military Student Support

Our Lady of the Lake University is proud to support you as you balance your education with your personal and military service commitments. Our online programs offer the flexibility you need to conference with faculty members, study, and access course materials from wherever your busy life takes you. We also accept a variety of military education benefits to ensure the degree program you want is within reach.

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Faculty Spotlight

Karina Gil, Ph.D., MSW

Dr. Karina Gil is the director of the Worden School of Social Service and an associate professor of social work at OLLU. As the director, she oversees the Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work, and Social Work Ph.D. programs. Prior to her academic work, Gil worked 10 years as a political social worker with diverse populations in coalition building, managing multi-city campaigns, grassroots and community organizing, and policy efforts.

Her expertise includes multicultural competence, community organizing, conflict resolution, issues affecting Latinos, women, and other minorities, acculturation, online education, leadership, and access to power. Gil is passionate about women’s access to positions of power and leadership, and online education. She has published articles and book chapters and routinely presents at multiple national and international conferences.

Gil has a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University, a Master of Social Work with political concentration from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s University. She is also a certified mediator.

In 2015, Gil was awarded a Wiley Faculty Fellowship. Fellows are selected nationally and share in a distinguished record of accomplishment in their profession and enthusiasm for new pedagogical and technological approaches to their instruction. In 2017, she was selected for the CSWE Program Director Academy, and in 2018 she received the Agnes M. (Lehman) Gloyna Award for Technology Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

Learn From Active Leaders and Engaged Scholars

Faculty at OLLU’s Worden School of Social Service are engaged scholars who are active in the social work field and have adopted the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics as a guide in the classroom and school community.

Our MBA professors are driven to build the next generation of ethical business leaders. They have decades of experience and bring the curriculum to life through their extensive skills and knowledge.

OLLU faculty offer:

  • Real-world field experience
  • Personal attention
  • Mentorship and support

Why Online Learning

Learning online with OLLU is just as engaging as our on-campus programs — the only difference is the flexibility to learn on your own schedule. Connect with lively discussion groups, complete your assignments and interact with your professors from wherever you prefer to work.

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Financial Aid

Seeking financial aid is a great way to reduce the out-of-pocket cost of getting your new degree — in fact, 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid to ease their transition back to school.

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Answers to Common Questions

Explore our FAQs to find answers to the most common questions about our programs. If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 855-275-1082.

Yes, the online Dual MSW/MBA program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

No, there is no entrance exam requirement. You can learn more about our admissions policy on the admissions page.

No, prior work experience is not required. You can learn more about program requirements on the admissions page.

No, the dual MSW/MBA does not accept transfer credits. You can learn more about the admissions policy on the admissions page.

You’ll complete 57 credits to earn the dual MSW/MBA degree. You can review courses here.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Social Workers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 12, 2021, from