About the Worden School

Founded in 1942, Our Lady of the Lake University's Worden School of Social Service (WSSS) has enjoyed a long history of leadership in preparing professionally trained social workers. The Worden School is the first school of Social Work in Texas. In 1974, the Worden School established the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. The Master of Social Work (MSW) and BSW programs have been continually accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


  • Established in 1942, the Worden School of Social Service (WSSS) has an extensive history of excellence in social work education
  • Continuous accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Nationally recognized and diverse faculty with a solid commitment to educational excellence for students
  • A student-to-faculty ratio that supports a student-centered approach to education
  • Partnerships with an extensive network of public and private social service agencies that provide a range of opportunities for student internships
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) practicum settings available for completion of student internships
  • A broad WSSS alumni network
  • A 57-credit hour program offered in a 2-year and an accelerated (16-month) format
  • Opportunities for part-time study in both the regular and advanced standing 31 hour program
  • A mission committed to social change, social and economic justice, and social betterment
  • Graduate assistantships that provide unique opportunities to work directly with faculty. Other financial assistance is also available.
  • Opportunities for professional development through continuing education courses
  • Opportunities for student leadership in the Worden Social Work Organization (WSWO); Phi Alpha, the social work honor society; the Worden School Association of Black Social Work Students; the Association of Mexican American Social Workers (AMAS); as well as other university-wide student organizations
  • Located in San Antonio, a dynamic and multicultural urban setting
  • Prepares students for leadership roles in social work
  • Offers traditional and nontraditional career path opportunities