Nationally Recognized Graduate Programs

At Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) our goal is to assist you with achieving success in your career. Our nationally recognized graduate programs are designed to meet your needs with scheduling options that allow for a balance of work, study and family time. Classes are offered in evening, weekend, online and hybrid formats. OLLU is a pioneer in providing alternative scheduling options. In 1978, OLLU became the first university in the region to design degree programs for working professionals.

Building on the foundation laid by our founders, the Sisters of Divine Providence, OLLU is an institution that prides itself on providing an education rooted in our Core Values of Community, Integrity, Trust and Service to prepare graduates to transform their communities and the world.

#1 for affordable tuition among private, Catholic universities in Texas

Programs for Powerful Change

For 128 years, OLLU has created powerful social change through programs that respond to the needs of the times. We prepare our graduates for career advancement by giving them the skills to be leaders in their communities and career fields, and to make a difference in the world.

Changing the World One Life at a Time

OLLU is renowned for programs that provide direct service and assistance to clients. Through university-sponsored clinics and practicum programs, our students gain hands-on practice and skills and serve the community while earning their advanced degrees and preparing for licensure in their chosen field.

Lead and Manage for Effective Change

OLLU’s Leadership Studies and Nonprofit Management degrees prepare students for leadership in a variety of disciplines and organizations. Graduates gain the skills to become sophisticated, effective leaders while gaining crucial knowledge of finance, marketing and communication.

HANDS-ON LEARNING experiences are built into courses to help you build your résumé or portfolio long before graduation.

Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders

Whether you are looking to advance as an educator, have a love for literature or want to put more focus on creative writing, OLLU has programs designed for you. For more than a century, OLLU has been a leader in preparing educators for classroom and district leadership. Our Education master’s degrees can prepare you for K-12 leadership, while our MFA in English provides you the terminal degree you need for university level instruction.

Business and Cybersecurity Programs Rooted in Ethics

OLLU offers a variety of options for students who wish to live on campus including apartment-style housing and a pet-friendly hall (available in your second year). Living on campus offers the advantage of 24/7 access to campus events, resources and your friends. Living on campus helps you build life-long connections. You also receive free internet, laundry, microwave, mini-refrigerator and parking.

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11-to-1

Serving South Texas and Beyond


OLLU offers you the opportunity to earn two advanced degrees through our dual-degree programs.

ENROLLMENT: Approximately 2,200 Students

Explore the OLLU Campus

Living on Campus

Apartment-style living and year-round residence hall contracts make living on campus a great option for graduate students.

Life on Campus

200,000+ HOURS of COMMUNITY SERVICE performed by OLLU students during the 2019-2020 academic year.

CAMPUS RECREATION program offering fitness classes, intramural sports, outings to area recreational spots, and kayaks to take out on the lake.

Graduate Student Organizations include:

  • Student Government Association – serves as the voice of the student body and includes all university students as members.
  • First Generation Student Organization – provides community, support, and mentorship to first-generation students by first-generation students.
  • National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSHLA) – builds a closer affiliation between students and professionals in the field of communication disorders.
  • Psychology Graduate Student Organization – provides networking opportunities for graduate/doctoral students and participation in professional organizations and field-related workshops.
  • School Psychology Student Organization – increases awareness of OLLU’s psychology program by increasing membership and attendance in professional organizations.
  • Worden Social Work Organization – provides a forum for exploring the interests of students pursing degrees in the field of social work.
  • Psi Chi Honor Society for Psychology students.
  • Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society for English students.
ALL STUDENTS can explore their spirituality and learn about other faith traditions.

18 Athletic Teams

The Saints compete in the Red River Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Men's and Women's

  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field


  • Baseball


  • Softball
  • Volleyball


  • Cheer
  • Dance
  • Drumline

Funding Your Graduate Education

Financial aid is available for graduate students. The OLLU Financial Aid and Student Business Offices can assist with:

  • Employer Reimbursement
  • Military/Veteran Benefits
  • Payment Plans


  • Master’s Programs - Part and Full Time $981 per credit hour
  • Master’s in Nonprofit Management - $492 per credit hour
  • Doctoral Programs – Part and Full Time $1,054 per credit hour

Check List for Becoming a Saint

Apply and Submit Transcripts and Test Scores

Transcripts: Request transcripts be sent to OLLU from all schools where you received a conferred degree; electronic transcript submission is preferred.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines: Requirements and deadlines vary by program; visit the web page of the degree program of interest for specific information.

The following additional items may be required:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement
  • Scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), taken within the last five years
  • Submission of additional credentials/documents for specific degree program and the type of admission sought

Graduate Entrance Exam Codes

Use the following codes when submitting scores to OLLU:

  • GRE – 6550
  • Miller Analogy Test – 2227
  • GMAT - 5H1-12N-02

Beginning December 2023 - Submit your FAFSA

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.studentaid.gov. Use OLLU code 003598 so we can receive your information and present you with a financial aid award.(NOTE: The FAFSA usually opens Oct. 1. Due to changes being made by the U.S. Department of Education, the 2024-2025 FAFSA application opening will be delayed until December 2023 -- exact date has not been provided. Please check www.studentaid.gov for additional information.)


Call 210-431-3961 or graduateadmissions@ollusa.edu

Office of Graduate Admissions | 411 S.W. 24th Street | San Antonio, Texas 78207

Our Lady of the Lake University is an equal opportunity institution. To read the full University Nondiscrimination Policy, visit: www.ollusa.edu/nondiscrimination.