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 continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


In accordance with the Catholic philosophy and purposes of Our Lady of the Lake University, and in adherence to the purposes of social work education articulated by the Council on Social Work Education, the mission of the Worden School of Social Service is:

  • To develop culturally competent social workers for specialized intervention in direct practice with emphasis on Hispanic children and families;

  • To prepare social workers for professional practice in culturally diverse settings, especially agencies that serve clients from economically disadvantaged backgrounds; and

  • To generate and disseminate knowledge that advances social and economic justice, enhances human well-being, and promotes effective practice with emphasis on Hispanic children and families.


  • 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 (54-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.
  • Opportunities for professional development through continuing education courses.
  • Opportunities for student leadership in the Worden School’s student organization, the social work honor society, the Worden School Association of Black Social Work Students student chapter, 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.

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