MSW-Master of Social Work

Offered through the Worden School of Social Service, the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program will prepare students to change the lives of children and families in need while building the foundation for their own career in social service leadership and advanced direct practice. Whether already working in the field or have the desire to join it, OLLU's campus or online MSW can help students achieve their goals of helping society and fighting for justice. The MSW Program's concentration is Social Work Practice with Hispanic Children and Families.

The MSW is available in regular (57-credit) and advanced (30-credit) programs. Options for full-time and part-time are available.

The program is offered in the following locations:
  • San Antonio campus
  • Rio Grande Valley campus
  • Online

Social Work degree plans and course descriptions:

MSW Program Goals

The goal of the MSW program is to prepare professionally trained social workers for specialized intervention in advanced social work direct practice with Hispanic/Latin@ children and families in a way that fosters commitment to culturally competent practice with diverse populations. To that end, the program focuses on ten learning outcomes for MSW students. Each social work student will:
  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct yourself accordingly
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgement
  4. Engage diversity and differences in practice
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice
  6. Engage in research informed practice and practice informed research
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services
  9. Respond to context that shape practice
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Field Education

Field education is an integral part of the social work program at OLLU. The Worden School of Social Service has established partnerships with an extensive network of public and private social service agencies to provide students with a wide range of opportunities for internships. Student internships with Spanish-speaking populations and opportunities for paid field education are available.

MSW Foundation students complete 225 hours a semester over an academic year for a total of 450 hours in the same placement setting. MSW Advanced students complete a 500 hour block placement to fulfill the degree requirements.  

Several agencies in San Antonio are the surrounding area generously serve as field placement sites. For more information, please contact

Cynthia Squiabro, MSW

Director of Field Education
210-528-6774 or


View the MSW Field Manual

All-in-One Education Plan and Assessment Form (for MSW Foundation Students ONLY)

All-in-One Education Plan and Assessment Form (for MSW Advanced Students ONLY)

Worden School Code of Conduct

Field Education Improvement Plan

SBIRT Program

Students in the MSW program benefit from the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Competency and Dissemination project, a collaborative project between the Social Work and Psychology programs at OLLU. SBIRT serves as an early intervention for individuals struggling with substance abuse and those at risk of developing substance abuse disorders. SBIRT curricula is integrated into programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Read more about the SBIRT program at OLLU.

Contact Us

Karina Gil, PhD
MSW Director

Tiffany Garcia, LMSW
MSW Coordinator

Adrian Membrez
MSW Student Support Specialist

Social Work Organizations

Organizations for Social Work students


Worden School Website

Learn more about the Worden School of Social Service