The Catholic University of America



To the Graduate Students at The Catholic University of America:

As one approaches the campus of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., for the first time, it is not uncommon to be surprised by the view. More often than not, visitors to CUA expect an urban campus, with dense buildings and little breathing room. Instead, they find a sprawling, leafy campus, with a beautiful expanse of green space, and grand buildings that reflect both the style and the time period in which they were constructed. There is room to breathe here… and the environment is filled with the sights and sounds of a vibrant, dynamic, world-class university in the most powerful city in the world.

Against the backdrop of our nation's capital, CUA casts its own unique silhouette and makes its own indelible mark upon contemporary American society. Whether it is in the halls of government or science or the halls of our library or one of our academic buildings, the learning experience at CUA is charged with energy and potential the likes of which cannot be found elsewhere in our nation. Add to that the values, history and traditions of the national university of the Catholic Church in our country, and the "total experience" of CUA becomes the occasion for each student to enrich and broaden not only his or her mind but the heart and soul as well.

In the pages that follow, you will get a sense of what CUA has to offer, but it is only a "sense" and a limited one at that. CUA is a university and a community and an experience that is as full of life and promise and adventure as any university can be. But because of our unique Catholic character and mission, the CUA experience offers more to its students. To the intellectual dimension-"reason"-we add "faith" and "service." You can get a feeling for those emphases from our publications and our Web site, but you have to "be here" to see it, believe it, experience it.

CUA is truly a place to learn, to grow, to pray, to laugh, to make lifelong friends, to have fun, to serve others, to find your truest, deepest self. Be here with us. May God bless you in these wonderful years of life!

Sincerely yours,

Very Reverend David M. O'Connell, C.M.



Academic Calendar for 2007-2008

Fall (First) Semester 2007

Thursday, August 23 New student orientation begins.
Monday, August 27 Opening of classes.
Thursday, August 30 Mass of the Holy Spirit. University Mass; 12:10 p.m. classes are cancelled; 1:10 p.m. classes will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Monday, September 3 Labor Day (Holiday).
Wednesday, September 5 Last day to register or add courses for credit; last day to drop a course without record (use Cardinal Station).
Wednesday, September 12 Freshman Convocation, 5 p.m.; freshmen are excused from 5:10 p.m. classes/labs to attend Convocation.
Friday, September 21 Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for October graduation.
Monday, October 8 Columbus Day (Holiday).
Tuesday, October 9 Administrative Monday: Monday classes meet instead of Tuesday classes this day only.
Tuesday, October 9?Friday, October 12 Faculty submit interim grades for freshmen.
Friday, October 12 Midterm. Last day to resolve grades of Incomplete from the previous semester. Last day to change to audit.
Thursday, October 25?Saturday, October 27 Comprehensive examinations for graduate students.
Thursday, November 1 All Saints Day.
Friday, November 2 All Souls Liturgy. Memorial Mass for Deceased of the University Community.
Monday, November 5 Registration for spring (second) semester 2008 begins (use Cardinal Station).
Friday, November 9 Last day to withdraw from classes with a "W" grade (use Cardinal Station).
Monday, November 12 Last day to request pass/fail option (undergraduates only with dean's permission).
Wednesday, November 21 Thanksgiving recess begins.
Monday, November 26 Classes resume.
Friday, December 7 Last day of classes.
Saturday, December 8 Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holiday and Reading Day)
Saturday, December 8?Sunday, December 9 Reading Period. (Note: Classes that meet only on Saturdays will not meet on Saturday, December 8.)
Monday, December 10?Saturday, December 15 Final Examination Period.
Wednesday, December 19 All final grades due by 3 p.m.
Friday, January 4, 2008 Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for January graduation.

Spring (Second) Semester 2008

Monday, November 5, 2007 Registration for spring (second) semester 2008 begins (use Cardinal Station).
Monday, January 14 Opening of classes.
Monday, January 21 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Day (Holiday).
Tuesday, January 22 Administrative Monday: Monday classes meet instead of Tuesday classes this day only.
Wednesday, January 23 Last day to register or add courses for credit; last day to drop a course without record (use Cardinal Station).
Tuesday, January 29 Patronal Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. University Mass; 12 p.m. classes are cancelled; classes meeting at 1 p.m. will meet at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 6 Ash Wednesday.
Monday, February 25?Friday, February 29 Faculty submit interim grades for freshmen.
Friday, February 29 Midterm. Last day to resolve grades of Incomplete from the previous semester. Last day to change to audit.
Monday, March 3 Spring recess begins.
Monday, March 10 Classes resume.
Tuesday, March 25 Registration for fall (first) semester 2008 begins (use Cardinal Station).
Thursday, March 20 Holy Thursday. No classes; Easter recess begins.
Friday, March 21 Good Friday
Sunday, March 23 Easter Sunday
Monday, March 24 Easter Monday
Tuesday, March 25 Classes resume.
Thursday, March 27?Saturday, March 29 Comprehensive examinations for graduate students.
Monday, March 31?Thursday, April 3 Senior comprehensive examinations.
Monday, March 31 Last day to request pass/fail option (undergraduates only with dean's permission).
Wednesday, April 2 Last day to withdraw from courses with a "W" grade (use Cardinal Station).
Thursday, April 10 Founders Day.
Wednesday, April 30 Reading Day (No classes).
Friday, May 2 Last day of classes. Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for May graduation.
Saturday, May 3?Monday, May 5 Reading Period. (Note: Classes that meet only on Saturdays will meet on Saturday, May 3.)
Tuesday, May 6?Saturday, May 10 Final examination period.
Monday, May 12 Grades for graduating students due by noon.
Tuesday, May 13 All other grades due by 3 p.m.
Friday, May 16 Baccalaureate Mass.
Saturday, May 17 Commencement exercises.
Friday, May 23 Law School Commencement.

Summer Sessions 2008


Pre-Summer Session 900 starts on May 5

First Five-Week Session (15): May 12 through June 14

Monday, May 12 First day of classes. Last day to pay for first session classes. Students who fail to pay or make payment arrangements with Student Accounts are subject to a fee.
Wednesday, May 14 Final day to register or add courses for credit or drop without record, with 100 percent refund.
Monday, May 26 University Observance of Memorial Day. (Holiday, no classes.)
Friday, May 30 Last day to withdraw from courses or change from credit to audit. Last day to change to Pass/Fail grading (undergraduates only with permission of the dean).
Saturday, June 14 Last day of classes.

First Six-Week Session (16): May 12 through June 21

Monday, May 12 First day of classes. Last day to pay for first session classes. Students who fail to pay or make payment arrangements with Student Accounts are subject to a fee.
Wednesday, May 14 Final day to register or add courses for credit or drop without record, with 100 percent refund.
Monday, May 26 University Observance of Memorial Day. (Holiday, no classes.)
Friday, June 6 Last day to withdraw from courses or change from credit to audit. Last day to change to Pass/Fail grading (undergraduates only with permission of the dean.)
Saturday, June 21 Last day of classes

Second Five-Week Session (25): June 23 through July 26

Monday, June 23 First day of classes. Last day to pay for second session classes. Students who fail to pay or make payment arrangements with Student Accounts are subject to a fee.
Wednesday, June 25 Final day to register or add courses for credit or drop without record, with 100 percent refund.
Friday, July 4th University Observance of Independence Day.
Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12 Comprehensive Exams
Friday, July 11 Last day to withdraw from courses or change from credit to audit. Last day to change to Pass/Fail grading (undergraduates only with permission of the dean).
Saturday, July 26 Last day of classes.

Second Six-Week Session (26): June 23 through August 2

Monday, June 23 First day of classes. Last day to pay for second session classes. Students who fail to pay or make payment arrangements with Student Accounts are subject to a fee.
Wednesday, June 25 Final day to register or add courses for credit or drop without record, with 100 percent refund.
Friday, July 4th University Observance of Independence Day.
Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12 Comprehensive Exams
Friday, July 18 Last day to withdraw from courses or change from credit to audit. Last day to change to Pass/Fail grading (undergraduates only with permission of the dean).
Saturday, August 2 Last day of classes.

Special Sessions (900 - 913)

First day of the session Last day to pay. Students who fail to pay or make arrangements with Student Accounts are subject to a fee.
Third day of the session Final day to register or add a course for credit and drop without record, with 100 percent refund. A student whose class has not met for the first time before the third day of the session may drop a course without record and 100 percent refund within 24 hours of the first class. This option is not available through Cardinal Students; a drop slip must be completed and submitted to the Office of Summer Sessions.
Ten working days prior to last day of your class. Last day to withdraw from courses or change from credit to audit. Last day to change to Pass/Fail grading (undergraduates only with permission of the dean.)

Officers of the University

Board of Trustees

Carl A. Anderson
New Haven, Conn.
Bishop Robert J. Banks, Trustee Emeritus
Green Bay, Wis.
Richard D. Banziger
New York, N.Y.
Nancy J. Bidwill, Trustee Emeritus
Phoenix, Ariz.
Toni M. Bischoff, Trustee Emeritus
Columbus, Ohio
Bertha S. Braddock
Alexandria, Va.
Bishop Michael J. Bransfield
Wheeling, W.Va.
Archbishop Raymond L. Burke
St. Louis, Mo.
Timothy R. Busch, Esq
Irvine, Calif.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap
Denver, Colo.
Paul J. Chiapparone
Frisco, Texas
Robert F. Comstock, Esq
Washington, D.C.
Robert E. Craves
Issaquah, Wash.
Robert J. Crimmins
Huntington, N.Y.
Bishop Edward P. Cullen
Allentown, Pa.
Bishop Thomas V. Daily, Trustee Emeritus
Douglaston, N.Y.
Leo A. Daly III
Washington, D.C.
Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo
Houston, Texas
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Milwaukee, Wis.
Thomas J. Donnelly, Esq., Trustee Emeritus
Pittsburgh, Pa.
David A. Donohoe, Esq., Vice Chairman
Washington, D.C.
Bishop Thomas G. Doran
Rockford, Ill.
Monsignor Edward J. Duncan, Trustee Emeritus
Champaign, Ill.
Cardinal Edward M. Egan
New York, N.Y.
Archbishop John C. Favalora
Miami, Fla.
Frederick R. Favo
Oakmont, Pa.
Sister Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick, S.C
Sparkill, N.Y.
Archbishop Harry J. Flynn
St. Paul, Minn.
Richard W. Galiher Sr., Esq., Trustee Emeritus
Chevy Chase, Md.
Cardinal Francis E. George, O.M.I
Chicago, Ill.
Stephanie Germack-Kerzic
Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
Archbishop José H. Gomez
San Antonio, Texas
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory
Atlanta, Ga.
Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, Trustee Emeritus
New Orleans, La.
Ray J. Hillenbrand
Rapid City, S.D.
Michael P. Hoffman
New York, N.Y.
Cardinal William H. Keeler
Baltimore, Md.
Alden J. Laborde, Trustee Emeritus
New Orleans, La.
Monsignor Paul A. Lenz, Trustee Emeritus
Washington, D.C.
Philip D. Lewis, Trustee Emeritus
Riviera Beach, Fla.
Bishop William E. Lori, Chairman
Bridgeport, Conn.
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony
Los Angeles, Calif.
Cardinal Adam J. Maida
Detroit, Mich.
Timothy J. May, Esq., Trustee Emeritus
Washington, D.C.
William A. McKenna Jr
Saugerties, N.Y.
Sandra A. McMurtrie
Bethesda, Md.
Bishop William F. Murphy
Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Archbishop John J. Myers
Newark, N.J.
Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., President
Washington, D.C.
Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap
Boston, Mass.
Helene C. O'Neil, Trustee Emeritus
Bethesda, Md.
William G. Parrett
New York, N.Y.
Bishop Joseph A. Pepe
Las Vegas, Nev.
Neil J. Rauenhorst
Tampa, Fla.
Cardinal Justin F. Rigali
Philadelphia, Pa.
Andrea Roane
Washington, D.C.
Monsignor Walter R. Rossi
Washington, D.C.
Timothy C. Scheve
Towson, Md.
Archbishop Francis B. Schulte, Trustee Emeritus
New Orleans, La.
Rodger D. Shay
Miami, Fla.
Vincent A. Sheehy, Trustee Emeritus
Fairfax, Va.
Van P. Smith, Trustee Emeritus
Muncie, Ind.
Victor P. Smith, Esq
Burlingame, Calif.
Mark H. Tuohey III, Esq
Washington, D.C.
Bishop Allen H. Vigneron
Oakland, Calif.
Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, Chancellor
Washington, D.C.
Frank G. Persico, Secretary of the Board
Fulton, Md.

Effective 9/1/07

Officers of Administration

Office of the President

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., J.C.D
Frank G. Persico, M.A
Vice President for University Relations and Chief of Staff
Rev. Robert Schlageter, O.F.M. Conv., S.T.L
Director of Campus Ministry and University Chaplain
Craig W. Parker, J.D
Associate Vice President and General Counsel
Victor Nakas, M. Phil
Associate Vice President for Public Affairs
Marion M. Gosney, B.A
Director of Alumni Relations
Janet A. Mudd, M.B.A., J.D
Director of Equal Opportunity

Academic Affairs

James F. Brennan, Ph.D
George E. Garvey, J.D
Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
Shavaun M. Wall, Ph.D
Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Ralph A. Albano, M.Eng., M.B.A
Associate Provost for Research
Christopher Kaczor, Ph.D
Director of University Honors Program
Michael J. McLane, M.L.S
Director of Libraries
Ziaeddin Mafaher, M.A., M.S
Chief Information Officer
Harriet Anike Nokuri, M.S., M.C.P
Director of Summer Sessions

Academic Deans

Randall Ott, M.Arch
School of Architecture and Planning
Lawrence R. Poos, Ph.D
School of Arts and Sciences
Sister Rose McDermott, S.S.J., J.C.D., (Interim Dean)
School of Canon Law
Charles C. Nguyen, D.Sc
School of Engineering
Veryl V. Miles, J.D
Columbus School of Law
Kimberly B. Kelley, Ph.D
School of Library and Information Science
Sara M. Thompson, Ph.D
Metropolitan College
Murry Sidlin, M.M
Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
Nalini N. Jairath, Ph.D
School of Nursing
Rev. Kurt Pritzl, O.P., Ph.D
School of Philosophy
James R. Zabora, Sc.D
National Catholic School of Social Service
Monsignor Kevin W. Irwin, S.T.D
School of Theology and Religious Studies

Enrollment Management

W. Michael Hendricks, Ed.D
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Christine Mica, M.S
Dean of University Admissions
Donald Bosse, M.B.A
Director of Financial Aid
Laura Anderson, M.A
Acting Registrar
Deborah Harry, B.S
Director of Enrollment Management Systems
Candice Chambers, M.B.A
Director of Enrollment Management Operations
Julie Schwing, M.A
Director of Graduate Admissions

Facilities Operations

Carl A. Petchik, M.Arch, M.CRP
Executive Director of Facilities Operations
Luke Alar, B.S
Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Director of Energy and Utilities Management
Kevin M. Petersen, B.F.A
Director of Facilities Maintenance and Operations

Financial Affairs

Julie Englund, Ed.D
Vice President for Finance and Administration, Treasurer
Cathy R. Wood, M.F.A
Associate Vice President for Finance and Budget
Ralph O. Scherini, M.A., M.S
Associate Vice President for Business Services
Sheri Hardison, B.S., C.P.A
Controller and Assistant Treasurer
Robert Njoroge, B.S
Internal Auditor
Barbara A. Coughlin, B.A
Director of Human Resources
Linwood Dailey
Manager of Postal Services
Lisa Fletcher, B.S
Accounts Payable Director
Norman Brown
Director of Procurement Services
Lizy T. Kannarkat, M.S., C.P.A
Assistant Controller, General Accounting and Taxes
Susan Warshawsky, B.S., B.A
Director of Grants and Contracts
Reginald Vieta, B.S
Director of Payroll
Laura J. Sweet, B.S
Director of Business Systems and Support
Leah R. Wolf, M.A., M.S.L.S
Director of Student Accounts
Renell Lewis, B.A
Director of Treasury Management

Student Life

Susan D. Pervi, M.A
Vice President for Student Life
Jonathan C. Sawyer, M.A
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
Michael S. Allen, Ph.D
Director of Athletics
Terry Brady-Novak, R.N., M.S.N., F.N.P
Administrative Director/Nurse Practitioner of Student Health Services
Alan P. Goodman, Ph.D
Director of Career Services
Thomasine N. Johnson, B.A
Director of Public Safety
William A. Jonas, M.Ed
Director of the University Center, Student Programs and Events
Monroe Rayburn, Ph.D
Director of Counseling Center
Helene Robertson, B.S
Director of International Student and Scholar Services
Emily K. Singer, M.A
Director of Disability Support Services
Heidi E. Zeich, M.S., M.B.A
Director of Housing Services

University Development

Robert M. Sullivan, Ed.M
Vice President for University Development
Michael A. Catell, B.A
Executive Director for University Development
Michael Green, J.D
Director of Planned Giving
Bradley Bodager, J.D
Executive Director of Development, Columbus School of Law
Daniel Creel, M.A
Director of Research and Prospect Management
Amy Wilson, M.A
Director of Annual Giving
Katherine Acuff, B.A
Associate Director of Annual Giving
Barbara Mann Humora, M.A
Director of Development Services
Deneen McWilliams, A.A
Associate Director of Development ? Data Management
Maria Calixto-Lobo, B.A
Gift Processing Manager
Theresa A. Dowling, M.F.A
Associate Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations
Kathleen K. Ennis, B.A
Development Director
Edward Welch, B.A
Development Director
Deloris Mabins-Adenekan, M.A
Development Director
Mark D. Roberts, B.A
Development Director
David S. McMullen, B.A
Donor Relations Manager



The Mission Statement of the Catholic University of America

As the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, founded and sponsored by the bishops of the country with the approval of the Holy See, The Catholic University of America is committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and American institution of higher learning, faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church. Dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, The Catholic University of America seeks to discover and impart the truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation and the world.

Aims of the University

The Catholic University of America is a community of scholars, both faculty and students, set apart to discover, preserve, and impart the truth in all its forms, with particular reference to the needs and opportunities of the nation. As a university, it is essentially a free and autonomous center of study and an agency serving the needs of human society. It welcomes the collaboration of all scholars of goodwill who, through the process of study and reflection, contribute to these aims in an atmosphere of academic competence where freedom is fostered and where the only constraint upon truth is truth itself.

As a Catholic university, it desires to cultivate and impart an understanding of the Christian faith within the context of all forms of human inquiry and values. It seeks to ensure, in an institutional manner, the proper intellectual and academic witness to Christian inspiration in individuals and in the community, and to provide a place for continuing reflection, in the light of Christian faith, upon the growing treasure of human knowledge.

As a member of the American academic community, it accepts the standards and procedures of American institutions and seeks to achieve distinction within the academic world.

Faithful to the Christian message as it comes through the Church and faithful to its own national traditions, The Catholic University of America has unique responsibilities to be of service to Christian thought and education in the Catholic community as well as to serve the nation and the world.

Goals of the University

The Catholic University of America was founded in the name of the Catholic Church in the United States by Pope Leo XIII and the Most Reverends of this country as a national institution of learning. Given its origins and the historic role of its ecclesiastical faculties, this university has a responsibility to the Church in the United States that is special to it: It is called to be an intellectual center of highest quality, where the relation between revealed truth and human truth can be examined in depth and with authority. It seeks, moreover, to do this in the light of the American experience. It is for this reason that, from its inception, the university has enjoyed a unique relationship with the Holy See and the entire Catholic community.

Established as a center for graduate study, The Catholic University of America has evolved into a modern American university, committed not only to graduate but also to undergraduate and professional education and to the cultivation of the arts. At every level, the university is dedicated to the advancement of learning and particularly to the development of knowledge in the light of Christian revelation, convinced that faith is consistent with reason and that theology and other religious studies themselves profit from the broader context of critical inquiry, experimentation and reflection.

The university aims to achieve and maintain in higher education a leading place among Catholic and other privately endowed, research-oriented institutions of comparable size, purpose, and tradition. In particular, it seeks to maintain a position of special excellence in the fields of theology, philosophy, and canon law.

The Catholic University of America gives primacy to scholarship and scientific research and to the training of future scholars through its graduate programs, not only in order to advance scientific work but also because it recognizes that undergraduate and professional education of high quality also demands the presence of a faculty that combines teaching and professional activity with fundamental scholarship.

The university seeks the advancement of knowledge within a context of liberal studies, a context that reflects both its concern for the whole person and the distinctive wisdom to which it is heir as a Catholic institution. This dimension of learning is reflected particularly in its undergraduate programs where religious studies and philosophy are regarded as integral to curricula that include requirements in the arts and humanities, language and literature, and the natural and social sciences. Through its professional programs, the university seeks to educate men and women who can represent their respective professions with distinction and who are formed by the learning and values inherent in its academic and Catholic traditions.

In selecting disciplines or fields of specialization to be supported at an advanced level of study and research, the university accords priority to religious and philosophical studies and to those programs that advance the Catholic tradition of humanistic learning and that serve the contemporary and future needs of society and the Church. In supporting particular programs the university takes into account the present and potential quality of programs, making an effort to maintain present academic strengths, especially when these are not represented elsewhere.

The university recognizes that its distinctive character ultimately depends on the intellectual and moral quality of its members. To create an environment that is intellectually stimulating and characterized by the generosity and mutual support required for collegial life and personal growth, the university seeks men and women who are not only professionally competent but who also can contribute to its Catholic, moral and cultural milieu. The university seeks to preserve its tradition of collegial governance, fostering a climate within which all members of the university community have sufficient opportunities to influence deliberation and choice.

Though a research and teaching institution, the university recognizes that it is part of a larger community to which it has certain obligations consistent with its character. Its presence in the nation's capital and its unique relationship with the Catholic Church in America provide it with opportunities for influencing the resolution of the crucial issues of our time. In providing information and criteria by which public policy is shaped and measured, the university seeks to be of special service to the nation. Similarly, it seeks to be of service to the Church, not only through the preparation of clergy and other leaders for specific roles in the Church, but also through factual investigations and discussions of principles that influence policy. Thus, in dialogue and cooperation with contemporary society, The Catholic University of America sees itself as faithful to the challenge proposed by the Second Vatican Council for institutions of higher learning, namely, to put forth every effort so that "the Christian mind may achieve . . . a public, persistent, and universal presence in the whole enterprise of advancing higher culture" (Gravissimum educationis, n. 10).

Accreditation and Memberships



The Catholic University of America is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation.


Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Bar Association
American Chemical Society
American Library Association
American Psychological Association
Association of American Law Schools
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
Council on Social Work Education
Medical Library Association
National Architectural Accrediting Board
National Association of Schools of Music
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission
Nurses' Examining Board of the District of Columbia



American Council on Education
American Council of Learned Societies
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area
Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
Council on Postsecondary Accreditation
International Federation of Catholic Universities
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities


American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
American Association of University Women
American College Center for Study Abroad
American College Health Association
Association for Library and Information Science Education Associations
Foreign Students Service Council
Institute of International Education
International Association of Universities
International Federation of Library Associations
Latin American Studies Association
Music Industry Council
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
National Catholic Educational Association
North American Association of Summer Sessions
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Potomac River Basin Consortium
Southeastern Universities Research Association
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Schools of the University

School of Architecture and Planning


Programs lead to the degrees Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Master of Architecture (professional degree, one-and-one-half to two years), Master of Architecture (professional degree, three years), and Master of Architectural Studies (post-professional degree).

School of Arts and Sciences


Programs lead to the degrees Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. The departments of the school offering graduate degrees are anthropology, biology, business and economics (international political economics), chemistry (chemical education), drama, education, English, Greek and Latin, history, modern languages (Spanish), physics, politics, psychology, Semitic and Egyptian languages and literatures, and sociology. Interdisciplinary programs are available in Irish studies and medieval and Byzantine studies.

School of Canon Law


Programs lead to the pontifical degrees of Licentiate in Canon Law, J.C.L., and Doctor of Canon Law, J.C.D. A dual degree program, J.D./J.C.L., is also conducted in conjunction with the Columbus School of Law.

School of Engineering


Programs lead to the degrees Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering, Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Master of Biomedical Engineering, Master of Civil Engineering, Master of Electrical Engineering, Master of Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Science in Engineering, Doctor of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy.

Columbus School of Law


The law school offers the LL.M. and the Juris Doctor degree, with a broad curriculum that prepares graduates for a range of professional career opportunities. The school also has joint degree programs with the schools of arts and sciences, library and information science, philosophy, social service, and canon law. Concentrated certificate programs are available in communications law, securities law, law and public policy, and international law. Through a number of clinical programs, students can gain professional service and skills experience.

School of Library and Information Science


Programs lead to the degree Master of Science in Library Science and to a post-master's Certificate of Advanced Study. Concentrations include archives and records management, biomedical information, book arts, information resources management, information systems, law librarianship, library and information services, music librarianship, school media services, special collections and services for children and young adults. Joint degree programs with the schools of law, music, and religious studies, and the departments of history, biology, English, and Greek and Latin in the School of Arts and Sciences lead to the master's degree in library and information science and the related degree in a shorter time than required for the two degrees pursued independently. Through the school's practicum, students earn academic credit for 120 hours of work in an area library or archives. Graduates assume professional positions as librarians, archivists, records managers, and school media.

Benjamin T. Rome School of Music


Programs lead to the degrees Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Master of Music in Sacred Music, Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Musical Arts in Sacred Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts. A joint degree program in music librarianship (Master of Arts in Musicology and the Master of Science in Library Science) also is available, as is a concentration or minor in Latin American music within most graduate degree programs.

School of Nursing


Programs lead to the degrees Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. The program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing degree offers students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in advanced practice roles with concentrations in adult/geriatric, family, pediatric, school nurse practitioners, education, administration, community/public health, and advanced practice psychiatric-mental health. Doctoral study in nursing enables the student to integrate clinical acumen with research knowledge and skills. The program prepares clinical nurse researchers who can teach, administer and contribute to policy formulation in the private and community health care sectors.

School of Philosophy


Programs lead to the degrees Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy and to the pontifical degrees of Bachelor, Licentiate, and Doctor of Philosophy.

National Catholic School of Social Service


Programs lead to the degrees Master of Social Work and Doctor of Philosophy. The Master of Social Work program prepares students for advanced entry into the social work profession with theoretical knowledge, practice skills, research utilization, and professional values. M.S.W. candidates concentrate in clinical social work with individual adults; with children and adolescents; in family practice; or in social policy, planning and administration. The program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree prepares candidates for research and theory development roles in clinical practice, policy development and social justice, or teaching.

School of Theology and Religious Studies


Academic areas of study: biblical studies, Church history, Hispanic/Latino Studies, historical theology, liturgical studies/sacramental theology, moral theology/ethics, pastoral studies, religion and culture, religious education/catechetics, spirituality, systematic theology, and joint degree programs in Catholic education leadership, history of religions and religious studies, and library science. Academic and ministerial programs lead to the degrees Master of Arts, Master of Divinity, Master of Religious Education, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Philosophy and to the pontifical degrees of Bachelor, Licentiate, and Doctor of Sacred Theology. The Board of Trustees, on Dec. 11, 2001, approved the establishment of canon law as a separate school. Ministerial field training and seminars are provided in the Pastoral Formation Program. Theological College, under the direction of the Sulpician Fathers, provides for diocesan seminarians the spiritual formation and the opportunity for personal integration that are necessary for ordination to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church.

Metropolitan College


Metropolitan College extends the resources and expertise of the university to the Washington area community by offering baccalaureate degree programs for adult students, and professional development opportunities for career and personal enhancement. Reflecting the tradition and educational values of The Catholic University of America, degree programs are based on a strong core component of study in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Individual programs are designed with a maximum of flexibility to meet the special needs of adult students, while classes are offered evenings and weekends to accommodate nontraditional schedules. The college also works with business and professional groups to meet the professional updating and certification needs of their members. Additionally, the college offers a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management.

Graduate Programs of CUA

Anthropology M.A.
Architecture M.Arch., M.Arch. Studies
Biblical Studies M.A., Ph.D.
Biology M.S., Ph.D.
Biomedical Engineering M.B.E., M.S.E., D.Engr., Ph.D.
Canon Law J.C.L., J.C.D.
Chemical Education M.S.
Church History M.A., Ph.D.
Civil Engineering M.C.E., M.S.E., D.Engr., Ph.D.
Computer Science M.S.C.S., Ph.D.
Congressional and
Presidential Studies
Drama M.A., M.F.A.
Education Certificate, M.A., Ph.D.
Electrical Engineering M.E.E., M.S.E., D.Engr., Ph.D.
Engineering Management Certificate, M.S.E.
English M.A., Ph.D.
Greek and Latin Ph.D.
History M.A., Ph.D.
History of Religions M.A.
Human Resource Management M.A.
International Affairs M.A.
International Political Economics M.A.
Irish Studies M.A.
Latin M.A.
Law LL.M., J.D.
Library and Information Science M.S.L.S.
Sacred Music M.M.S.M., D.M.A.
Liturgical Studies M.A., Ph.D.
Mechanical Engineering M.M.E., M.S.E., D.Engr., Ph.D.
Medieval and Byzantine Studies Certificate, M.A., Ph.D.
Music M.A., M.M., D.M.A., Ph.D.
Nursing Certificate, M.S.N., D.N.P., Ph.D.
Philosophy M.A., Ph.L., Ph.D.
Physics M.S., Ph.D.
Politics M.A., Ph.D.
Psychology M.A., Ph.D.
Religion and Religious Education M.A., M.R.E., Ph.D.
Rhetoric Certificate
Semitics M.A., Ph.D.
Social Work M.S.W., Ph.D.
Sociology M.A.
Spanish M.A., Ph.D.
Theology M.A., M.Div., D.Min., S.T.B., S.T.L., S.T.D., Ph.D.



The decision to found The Catholic University of America was made by the bishops of the United States on Dec. 2, 1884. Pope Leo XIII, who was a source of encouragement from the beginning, gave the decision his formal approbation on April 10, 1887. The anniversary is commemorated annually as Founders Day. A certificate of incorporation was registered in the District of Columbia on April 21, 1887. After papal approval of the university's first constitutions was given on March 7, 1889, and what is now called Caldwell Hall was completed, the university opened with 37 students of the sacred sciences on Nov. 13 of the same year.

At the time, the modern American university was still in its infancy. The opening of The Johns Hopkins University in 1876 had marked its beginning. This institution in Baltimore was the first in the country to dedicate itself, not only to the preservation of learning and to teaching, as universities had been doing since the Middle Ages and as American institutions had been doing since the foundation of Harvard College on an English model in 1636, but also to the advancement of knowledge through research. In this it was following the example of the Prussian universities of the 19th century.

Very soon the conduct of research and the training of graduate students to carry it on became the hallmark of university status. By 1900, 14 institutions offering instruction for the doctorate, The Catholic University of America among them, considered themselves ready to form the Association of American Universities. In 1904 the university began to offer undergraduate programs as well.

As the article in its name suggests, The Catholic University of America was founded when it was thought that for some time to come American Catholics would be able to maintain only one institution of university standing. There had been occasional demands for such an institution for several decades. Meeting in their Second Plenary Council, in 1866, the Bishops, who were interested especially in the higher education of the clergy, had expressed a desire to have under Catholic auspices a university in which "all the letters and sciences, both sacred and profane, could be taught." Although some Catholic colleges of the period had announced graduate offerings in the 1870s, they had defined them by adding courses rather than by the pursuit of investigation that graduate work is understood to entail.

Most Reverend John Lancaster Spalding of Peoria, Ill., became the principal champion of the Catholic university cause. In the Third Plenary Council of the Bishops, in 1884, he was able to persuade a majority that so long as they would "look rather to the multiplying of schools and seminaries than to the creation of a real university," the progress of American Catholics would be "slow and uncertain. A university," he said, "is the great ordinary means to the best cultivation of mind." A gift from Mary Gwendoline Caldwell of Newport, R.I., made possible the foundation of a faculty of the sacred sciences as the nucleus around which a university could develop. Seen in the context of the development of American higher education as a whole, the institution that began with the decision of the Bishops in 1884 became the principal channel through which the modern university movement entered the American Catholic community.

The life of The Catholic University of America has been more or less co-terminus with the movement, which now extends on an international scale. A particularly visible contribution of the university to the Church in the United States and to the nation at large has been its preparation of teachers, many of them diocesan priests or members of religious communities of men and women, for service in schools, seminaries and colleges throughout the country.

The expansion of the university into the arts and sciences began with the opening, in 1895, of what were called at the time the "faculties for the laity." Instruction in law and in technology was included. A structural evolution led to a comprehensive academic reorganization in 1930. In that year, in accord with patterns that had become general in the United States, the College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences were established. The School of Engineering and Architecture was also a product of this reorganization.

The School of Law had been established early in 1898, in the third year after its beginning as a department. The addition of several professional schools since 1930; the incorporation of the National Catholic School of Social Service in 1947 and the former Columbus University in 1954; and the establishment of the School of Religious Studies in 1973. The integration of the College and Graduate School into a single School of Arts and Sciences in 1975; the return of the School of Education to departmental status in 1986; and the re-establishment of canon law as a school within the university in 2002 have resulted in a complex of 12 faculties or schools: architecture and planning, arts and sciences, canon law, engineering, law, library and information science, music, nursing, philosophy, religious studies, and social service; in 2006 the Board of Trustees approved the establishment of Metropolitan College as a separate school. Metropolitan College focuses on the admission of nontraditional students to its undergraduate degree programs and on the development of professional master's degree programs.

Undergraduates are admitted to the schools of architecture and planning, arts and sciences, engineering, music, nursing, and philosophy. A common admissions authority applies the same general standards to all six schools. To a considerable extent, undergraduates participate in the same classes in general subjects, share in other features of undergraduate life, and are governed by common regulations.

The composition of the university's student body has changed several times during its first century. At present, it resembles more than ever before what would be regarded as a typical American institution. About 50 percent of all students are undergraduates. Of the other 50 percent who are post-baccalaureate students, roughly two-thirds are in professional schools. The latter have gained in proportion as the number of clerics and religious, who once constituted a large segment of students in arts and sciences, has declined.

When the university was established, its governance was delegated by the bishops to a board of trustees of 17 members. An act of Congress in 1928 amended the original certificate of incorporation to allow, among other things, an increase in the membership of the board.

Lay membership, however, was minimal until 1968. Under bylaws that it adopted in that year, the board, which now has 49 members, has equal numbers of clerical and lay members.

An official statement of the aims of the university that the trustees promulgated in 1970 transmits consistently the goals of the founders of a century ago. The first rector, Most Reverend John Joseph Keane, gave succinct form to these goals when he portrayed the institution that he was chosen to head as "a living embodiment and illustration of the harmony between reason and revelation, between science and religion, between the genius of America and the church of Christ." His words have been a guide for a century and will be a continuing challenge as long as the university endures.

Academic Resources


University Libraries
Michael McLane, Director of Libraries

The libraries of The Catholic University of America provide resources and services integral to the intellectual endeavors of the university's students, faculty and staff.

Collections in the humanities, social sciences, theology and religious studies and philosophy are located in the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, along with the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the Semitics Library/Institute of Christian Oriental Research. Separate campus libraries have specialized collections in architecture, engineering, mathematics, music, library science, physics, biology and nursing. Records of the university as well as manuscripts and artifacts that document the heritage of American Catholics are organized, preserved and made accessible through the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, located in Aquinas Hall. Mullen Library and campus library collections total more than 1.3 million volumes of journals, books, dissertations and other research materials.

Graduate students have access to ALADIN as a benefit of CUA's membership in the Washington Research Library Consortium. ALADIN includes the online library catalog for CUA and other consortium members, as well as electronic journals, full-text and article citation databases, image collections, and Internet resources. Students with valid, updated borrowing privileges may access ALADIN from off campus. Additional databases on CD-ROM may be searched at workstations in Mullen Library.

For materials not available at CUA, eligible students may borrow directly from the Washington Research Library Consortium or request books, articles and other items through the Consortium Loan Service. Many articles can be delivered electronically to the student's myALADIN account.

PC workstations for ALADIN access are available in all libraries. Students also may connect to the Internet through the wireless network in Mullen Library and may borrow laptops and wireless network cards.

Assistance with research is available at reference desks in Mullen Library and the campus libraries, by e-mail, and over the phone. Instruction in library research and the use of electronic resources is sponsored by Reference and Instructional Services, with hands-on sessions held in Mullen Library's computer-equipped classroom.

Students also have convenient access to the library resources of the Washington metropolitan area. These include the Library of Congress and many specialized public and private collections such as The Dumbarton Oaks Library, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The National Archives, The National Library of Medicine and the libraries of the Washington Theological Consortium.

Center for Planning and Information Technology
Zia Mafaher, Director

The Center for Planning and Information Technology provides computing and network facilities to students and faculty for their educational and research activities, supports the university's information systems, manages the campus network and provides information resources and telecommunication services. The center provides leadership on the ethical use of computing. Numerous public lab areas and classrooms are equipped with desktop computers. All residence hall rooms have network connections via a gigabit ethernet campus backbone.

The center supports Internet tools such as Web browsers (, Telnet, FTP and electronic mail. Numerous Web tools are also available for instructional and research purposes. Popular software programs for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh are supported in the public computing areas.

The campus network consists of Sun Microsystems servers and Intel servers running Solaris, VMS, Windows NT and Linux operating systems, numerous workstations and more than 1,500 networked Windows-based Intel powered and Macintosh desktop computers, with direct access to the Internet and Washington Research Library Consortium. The central systems are accessible via direct connections on campus and remotely via the Web.

CPIT issues a VMS and an NT account to all faculty, staff and students. CPIT provides students, faculty, and staff with an extensive computer education and training program. The CUA Computing Web site provides details about computing at CUA, including information about training, computing resources available, a knowledge bank, a computing guide and activities underway.

The CUA Computing Information Center, located within CPIT, provides service and support to the campus community. It provides answers to technology questions and fields telephone calls regarding assistance needed on campus. The information center has become a very effective clearinghouse for receiving, tracking, and resolving problems and issues with technology on campus.

In addition, CPIT provides service and support for all technology classrooms and computing areas on campus.

A general computing area in Leahy Hall, with both MS Windows and Macintosh machines, is open 24 hours a day during the semesters. Other computer-equipped classrooms and computing areas are open and monitored by CPIT, and available for use by any CUA student, faculty member, or staff.

Further information on CPIT is available at Students with special ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) technology needs should contact the director of academic services by email sent to

Consortium of Universities

Cooperation among the institutions of higher education in the metropolitan area is provided by the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The consortium consists of 14 universities: The American University, The Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Joint Military Intelligence College, Marymount University, National Defense University, Southeastern University, Trinity University, The University of the District of Columbia, and the University of Maryland at College Park.

Students following an approved program leading to a degree who need a course that is not offered at The Catholic University of America, and is needed for the degree, may select the particular courses that best meet their needs from the combined offerings of all the institutions. Students in certain degree programs are excluded, and some courses are not open for participation. Students may take consortium courses for credit only and must have the approval of the adviser, chair, dean and consortium coordinator. Students may take a maximum of one course per semester through the consortium. As other universities in the consortium may have different grading deadlines, students are strongly advised against cross-registration through the consortium during their final semester prior to graduation.

The student registers and pays tuition at the home institution where the record of academic achievement is maintained in accordance with its policies. However, special fees for specific courses are paid by the student directly to the institution offering the course.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Since 1946, students and faculty of The Catholic University of America have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities, ORAU. ORAU is a consortium of 96 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy, DOE located in Oak Ridge, Tenn. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, ORISE, the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at, or by calling either of the contacts below.

ORAU's Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU's members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.

For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact Ralph A. Albano, associate provost for sponsored research and director of technology transfer, ORAU councilor for The Catholic University of America, or Monnie E. Champion, ORAU corporate secretary at 865-576-3306; or visit the ORAU Home Page at

Summer Sessions

In summer 2008, The Catholic University of America will offer more than 250 courses in all schools and departments, to qualified high school, undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to academic courses for credit, CUA offers special programs in Hispanic pastoral leadership, spirituality, workshops for teachers and computer applications. Pre-college programs will include architecture, engineering, debate, video and media production, opera, and percussion. For more information, contact the Office of Summer Sessions, at 202-319-5257 or visit

Admission to Graduate Study




New Students

Continuing Students

Consortium Registration


Postdoctoral Auditing Privilege

Course Numbers


Full-Time Study

Master's Students

Doctoral Students

Graduate Students Not Considered Full Time


Part-Time Study

Enrollment of Undergraduates for Graduate Study

Joint Advanced Degrees

Continuous Enrollment


Leave of Absence

Change of Course

Withdrawal from a Course




Extended Residence

Registration in Absentia

Registration for Dissertation Defense

Master's and Licentiate Degrees


Transfer of Credit



Option of Degree without Thesis

Comprehensive Examination

Completion of Requirements

Admission to a Doctoral Program

Students in the master's program who wish to pursue a doctorate must submit an application for admission to the Ph.D. program. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.



Transfer of Credit


Comprehensive Examination

Admission to Candidacy

Completion of Requirements and a Request for Extension


Criteria for Dissertations

Oral Examination

Publication of Dissertation





Incomplete Grades

Change of Grade

Good Standing


Withdrawal from the University


The university adopted a revised policy on academic dishonesty in April, 2007. The related procedure is available on the University Policies Web site at

  1. Introduction

  1. General Provisions

  1. Categories of Academic Dishonesty




Name of Record



Student Life Division Mission

The mission of the Division of Student Life at CUA is to promote and facilitate the growth of students to a full and balanced maturity. In partnership with the academic community, the division seeks to support and stimulate intellectual development both in and outside the classroom. In accordance with the university's stated aims, the division strives to foster exploration and incorporation of genuine human values together with religious and moral principles. As student development educators, division staff members seek to stimulate the most extensive personal growth possible-physical, social, emotional, vocational and spiritual-to prepare students to occupy a productive and meaningful place in society (through which the university's principles are represented). This mission is accomplished by providing facilities, services, information, programs and role models that expand students' horizons and challenge and support them in reaching their full potential. In expressing and implementing this mission statement, the division strives to ensure that all graduates garner the following attributes from the student life experience:

  • a clarified awareness of values and beliefs, along with the ability to live them in day-to-day life;

  • a heightened sense of purpose and the capacity to implement this in education, the world of work and through a vocational pursuits;

  • a more sophisticated understanding of what constitutes right and wrong behaviors and the resolve to act accordingly;

  • a greater appreciation of human diversity and a deepened sense of compassion for others;

  • a more sophisticated sense of personal autonomy and the associated capacity to rely on oneself to direct one's life;

  • the view that education is a positive, progressive experience and the concomitant desire to continue the acquisition of knowledge and the pursuit of personal development throughout one's adult years;

  • the development of fundamental skills, such as communication, problem-solving, decision-making and leadership.

Vice President for Student Life

The work of the student life educator at CUA is based on a philosophy that the goal of education is not simply to develop the intellect of a student, but also to facilitate the growth of the whole person. The Office of the Vice President for Student Life is responsible for establishing programs and services to support the development of the individual student and to enhance the quality of campus community life.

The division is organized into the following offices: athletics; career services; counseling center; dean of students, including disability support services, international student and scholar services, alcohol education, judicial affairs and ethical development, multicultural student services, and new student orientations; housing and residential services, including campus residential living and off-campus housing; public safety; student health services; student medical insurance; and university center, student programs and events.

The vice president provides the leadership for a team of professionals who, while specializing in specific areas of student development and services, are committed to interdisciplinary initiatives to enable students to fully participate in a distinguished community of researching, teaching, learning and service. The religious and moral dimension of growth is facilitated in close collaboration with the Office of Campus Ministry.

The Student Handbook and other publications issued from time to time by departments are produced to help guide students through their individual and community responsibilities. It is important for all students to become familiar with the information provided and to use the resources by accessing the most up-to-date versions of services, programs, policies and procedures online.


The athletic department supports the academic mission of the university by providing programs and services to enable students to engage in physical activities as an integral part of the overall educational experience. Equal opportunities for male and female participation are provided at the intercollegiate, club and recreational levels.

CUA is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA Division III, Landmark Conference, Old Dominion Conference (football), and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference,

As a member of NCAA Division III, CUA adheres to the NCAA philosophy statement, places the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and the successful completion of academic programs by student athletes, and upholds the highest standards of sportsmanship and ethical conduct.

The athletic department seeks to provide programs and leadership to enable CUA to be a model NCAA Division III institution in academic and athletic excellence.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services assists students and alumni in all aspects of career planning and career development. In fulfilling this charge, Career Services subscribes to the mission statement of the Division of Student Life. To accomplish its mission, Career Services strives to ensure that all graduates will achieve or have access to the following:

  • Heightened awareness of potential career opportunities.

  • Greater understanding of the world of work and transitional issues.

  • Fuller awareness of personal attributes, values, interests and skills and how they relate to career options.

  • Deeper appreciation for the role and process of career planning both during and throughout one's life.

  • Greater command of effective career decision-making and job acquisition skills.

  • Current employment information about organizations reflective of the occupational interests of CUA students.

  • Programs that link them to employers for the purpose of securing pre-professional and professional experience.

Counseling Center

The CUA Counseling Center strives to enhance the overall educational experience by assisting students with the opportunities, demands and challenges of university life. As students grow and develop, they do so in a values-based institution that offers a unique learning and living environment to enable students to discover excellence and experience success.

The CUA Counseling Center assists students with defining and accomplishing personal and academic goals by serving as a multidisciplinary, campus-based mental health organization dedicated to addressing the diverse needs of CUA students. In pursuing an active and fulfilling college life, a student can experience difficulties with adjusting to, and balancing, new roles and responsibilities. The center provides a broad range of direct clinical/counseling, educational, learning assistance, consultative, outreach, training, assessment, and emergency response programs and services.

Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students supports the mission of the university by providing programs and services designed to encourage the development of the whole student throughout his or her CUA career. The office supports students in the transition to and from college life; empowers students to become active participants and leaders in campus life, both inside and outside of the classroom; engages students in learning opportunities that will allow them to become responsible, compassionate members of the community; fosters an environment where differences among peoples and ideas are understood, respected and valued; and increases understanding and appreciation of student rights and responsibilities.

Specific areas of focus within the dean of students' organizational scope of responsibilities include alcohol education, judicial affairs and ethical development, multicultural education and awareness and orientation programs. Disability Support Services, Housing Services, International Student and Scholar Services and Residence Life are departments within the dean of students' area that provide specialized services to students.

Disability Support Services

The Office of Disability Support Services, DSS, provides programs and services designed to support and encourage the integration of students with disabilities into the mainstream of the university community. DSS coordinates support services for students with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, psychological disabilities and some illnesses. Services include disability advocacy and advising, classroom and test accommodations, early registration, housing accommodations, assistance with foreign language substitution applications, taped/scanned books, assistive technology training, and referral for testing and additional services. In addition, DSS provides faculty and staff training and consultation on disability issues and actively supports university recruitment and retention initiatives.

Housing and Residential Services

The Office of Housing Services, HS, supports the mission of the university by providing and managing well-maintained, safe and modern multi-use residential facilities that are responsive to the changing needs of students. HS is responsible for the overall management of the campus housing system, which comprises 18 low and medium-rise buildings and one group of 25 modular housing units, having a total capacity for approximately 2,200 residential students. In collaboration with the Office of Residence Life, HS is committed to providing facilities that meet student developmental needs, support the formation of community, and encourage the creation of seamless learning environments. Satellite offices are established in each of the neighborhood areas to provide residents more accessible, direct services.

International Student and Scholar Services

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services, ISSS, supports the mission of the university by promoting international educational exchange within the university, to federal agencies and to the world. ISSS seeks to ensure university compliance with applicable immigration-related regulations while facilitating the legal entry and transition of international students, faculty and researchers. ISSS serves as an advocate on behalf of the international students and scholars within the university and to federal regulatory agencies to ensure they are afforded every opportunity to complete their academic objectives. ISSS provides opportunities for international intercultural education and exchange by partnering with university departments and schools to provide educational and cultural programs that foster greater understanding and appreciation for other cultures and traditions.

On an individual basis, ISSS seeks to form partnerships with individual students and scholars to assist them in understanding the federal regulations that govern their immigration status, providing advice and guidance designed to assist the international community in preserving their legal status in the U.S. and in making the most out of the opportunities that may arise. Institutionally, ISSS is charged with ensuring institutional compliance with the various visa programs it administers on behalf of the university. As such, it is important to remember that certain violations of immigration status may be reportable under immigration regulations governing student statuses.

Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety provides comprehensive programs, including security patrol, escort, transportation, identification and access services to maintain a safe and secure campus environment that is conducive to learning, working, living and visiting. A staff of trained professionals, including commissioned special police officers, focus on crime prevention and investigation, safety education, emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Services are coordinated closely with federal and local law enforcement agencies. Safety education and awareness programs are conducted for students throughout the academic year. The department works closely with other student life services to implement initiatives to support healthy individual and community living.

Student Health Services

The Office of Student Health Services provides an outpatient health-care facility for students in an environment of joy, care and respect in treatment of the whole person.

In addition to providing medical care for illnesses and injuries, a team of medical professionals are actively involved in campus health education.

The staff helps students better understand the nature and causes of their medical problems and injuries, and the importance of treatment and prevention.

To promote lifelong wellness and to support academic success, students are encouraged and empowered to learn how to reduce their risk of disease and injury, and to make appropriate lifestyle choices.

Medical care provided and advice given is consistent with the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church. In fulfilling this mission Student Health Services subscribes to the mission of the university.

Student Medical Insurance

Medical (health) insurance is required for all full-time students (domestic and international), all student residents and all part-time international students, unless a written waiver is obtained. Written evidence of alternate coverage must be provided to receive a waiver.

University Center, Student Programs and Events

Founded with solid values and driven by a clear vision, the University Center, Student Programs and Events, UCSPE, exists to serve the needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni, business partners and visitors. Our unique setting in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center encourages social, cultural, recreational and educational programming in a dynamic, safe and comfortable environment. Through its facilities and programs, the UCSPE offers a diverse array of quality initiatives, avenues for collaborative endeavors, services that enhance campus life and events, meeting spaces and opportunities for involvement. Above all, the UCSPE strengthens and supports the mission of The Catholic University of America and strives to foster a welcoming gathering place for the campus community.

Multicultural Education and Awareness

Multicultural Education and Awareness at Catholic University enhances, promotes, and exposes students at Catholic University to issues regarding multiculturalism and diversity by providing diverse programming and specific student support to underrepresented students with the purpose of better preparing all students for the constantly changing multicultural, diverse and global society. The collection of services and programs connect students with important aspects of culture and enhances the overall student experience while encouraging a welcoming and supportive environment for underrepresented students at The Catholic University of America.


The role of campus ministry is to support the members of CUA community in their growth as individual persons and as a community able to celebrate and live the message of the Gospel.

The staff exercises its ministry in a variety of ways: through gathering the community for prayer and liturgy; through social justice projects, community service, educational and social events; and through sacramental preparation, pastoral counseling, spiritual direction and retreats. As we strive to grow into a more faithful community at CUA, it becomes obvious that campus ministry is not the work of a few, but of many. Members of the student ministry staff live in community at The House, giving witness to the Gospel by sharing their time and energies with the larger community. They do this through liturgy, programs and personal presence.

The professional campus ministry staff, composed of clergy and laity, seeks to be an open and affirming presence for students, faculty, administrators and staff.


The fees listed below are those in effect for the academic year 2007-2008. No student is considered registered until his or her balance is paid in full, is current with the payment plan payments, or has applied for and accepted financial aid to cover the balance. The university reserves the right to require all charges to be prepaid in full if the account has a history of delinquency.

Prior to the beginning of each semester, students whose educational expenses will be assumed by a religious community, diocese, or military or government agency must complete and return the form provided to the Office of Student Accounts. After doing so, students will be considered registered and the responsible organizations will be billed. However, all students remain ultimately responsible for the payment of their tuition and fees.

Tuition and Fees-2007-2008 Academic Year

Payment Plan

Refund Policy

University Financial Support

All university graduate scholarships and grants are school specific. Graduate applicants should contact their school for information relating to scholarship and grant availability, requirements and application procedures.

Application Procedure

A completed application for admission must be on file by Feb. 1 to be considered for the Knights of Columbus, the Board of Trustees and the St. Vincent Pallotti scholarships. We recommend that students applying for the other merit-based scholarships also submit their applications by Feb. 1. Admission is required before financial aid is granted.

To be considered for graduate scholarships, applicants must submit scores on the General Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination even if the scores were not required in connection with the application for admission. Graduate scholarships are usually awarded for September entrance and for up to three years with reapplication required annually.

Applicants for graduate assistantships who are international students, not permanent residents of the United States, or who are members of religious institutes and orders with a vow of poverty, are not required to submit either the FAFSA or the CUA application.

International Students

Government-funded scholarships, fellowships and other forms of financial support are restricted to United States citizens or resident aliens. Graduate students who are not citizens are eligible for very limited university-funded aid. All international students must be prepared to meet the costs of education and living expenses in this country with personal or family funds or with funds from other institutions.

Please consult the International Student Web site for the most current information about the minimum amount of funding in U.S. dollars required of an admitted international student before the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or where appropriate, IAP-66) will be issued.

For additional information concerning financial aid, the applicant should contact the United States Information Agency, the Institute of International Education, the American consulate in the applicant's country, or the government of that country.

University Scholarships

Note: Students do not apply for these merit scholarships. Chairs and deans nominate their most qualified applicants.

Knights of Columbus Scholarship/Fellowship

The graduate scholarship committee awards these prestigious scholarships to CUA's most exceptional applicants. It provides full tuition and a living stipend for full-time, lay students in all programs except law.

Board of Trustees Scholarships

These awards provide full tuition for outstanding applicants, those with superior undergraduate records and GRE scores. Some schools and departments also provide a living stipend with this award. Students must be full time to qualify.

St. Vincent Pallotti Fellowship

This is a special, competitive, full-tuition scholarship for those interested in serving the Church for two years after graduation. Interested applicants for full-time study should describe their plans for post- graduation service in a letter to their prospective deans.


Agencies of the federal government may provide traineeships for graduate study in the schools of nursing and social service. Interested students should write directly to the dean of the appropriate school.

Doctoral Scholarships

These scholarships are full-tuition awards for students entering one of the university's doctoral programs full time. To be considered for these awards, applicants must have strong undergraduate records and cumulative verbal and quantitative GRE scores of 1300 or above.

Half Scholarships-University and Centennial Halves

These half-tuition scholarships are open to most prospective full-time graduate students with strong undergraduate records and combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores of 1200 or higher.


Teaching and research assistantships are available to students who want to apprentice or gain professional experience in their fields. Most of these pay stipends. Interested students should contact their prospective chair or dean.

Magi Scholarships

The Magi Endowment for the Liturgical Arts offers scholarships to students whose post-graduation goal is to serve the Catholic Church as a teacher, composer, choral director, sculptor, craftsman in bronze or iron or some other mediums. The scholarships are restricted to half tuition only.

Tuition Remission for Seminarians

Remission of one-half of tuition is granted to diocesan seminarians and members of religious institutes preparing for ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood. To be eligible, seminarians must have been admitted to a degree program. A separate Seminarian Tuition Remission Form, with certification of the applicant's status from his bishop or major superior, is required. This form may be obtained on the CUA Web site
at the following address: under Scholarship Forms.

Divinity Hall Burses

A limited number of partial tuition awards are available for candidates for the priesthood or for priests from particular archdioceses and dioceses. Applications must be directed to the ordinary of the diocese, whose recommendation is required for receipt of the award.

Endowed Scholarships

The university is endowed with several other scholarship awards. These vary widely in intent and amount. A few are described below. Consult your prospective dean to learn if you may qualify for an endowed scholarship.

The Johannes Quasten Scholarship

This award is made to students admitted to the School of Theology and Religious Studies and School of Philosophy.

Basselin Scholarships

An integral part of the university, the Basselin Foundation provides scholarships for a special course of studies to young men preparing for the Catholic priesthood. It receives candidates who have finished two years of the classical curriculum in an American Catholic college and carries them through three years to the completion of the seminary course of philosophy and one year of postgraduate work in philosophy. Students admitted to the Basselin course of studies must qualify for the honors program of the School of Philosophy and must maintain an acceptable average to retain their scholarships. A distinctive feature of the training, in fulfillment of the will of Theodore Basselin, is the attention given to voice culture, elocution and the art of writing.

Andrew White Fellowship

This award provides tuition plus fees and a book allowance for study in the School of Philosophy.

Philosophy Scholarships

The Anna Hope Hudson Scholarship, the Most Reverend Francis M. Kelly, D.D., Scholarship, and the John K. Ryan Scholarship provide partial remission of tuition for study in the School of Philosophy.

Penfield Fellowship

This award provides partial support for studies in diplomacy, international affairs and belles lettres. Applicants must have completed one year of graduate work. Not available every year.

Social Service Scholarships

A number of endowed scholarships are available to students in the National Catholic School of Social Service. The amount of the award and requirements vary. Specific information may be obtained from the dean of the school.

Drama Work Grants

A limited number of work grants are available to students in drama. Inquiries should be directed to the chair of the Department of Drama.

Music Scholarships

Awards based on musical ability, academic record and financial need are available each year to students in the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. Among these awards are the John Paul Music Scholarship, the David Burchuk Memorial Scholarship, the Marie Fitzgerald Connor Scholarship, the Clifford E. Brown Scholarship, the William Masselos Scholarship and the Benjamin T. Rome Endowment Scholarship and Graduate Scholarship. Applicants should write directly to the dean of the school.

Lorraine Elizabeth Cella Memorial Award

This award is reserved for students of medieval studies who demonstrate financial need. Information may be obtained from the director of the Medieval and Byzantine Studies Program.

Euphemia Lofton Haynes Student Loan Fund

This fund provides low interest loans of up to $5,000 per academic year to students in the Department of Education.

Nursing Alumni Fund

Loans for nursing students are available through the Loan Fund of the School of Nursing Chapter of The Catholic University of America Alumni Association.

Mary McCarthy Memorial Fund

Provides small grants to assist doctoral students in the School of Nursing with the final production of their dissertations. Apply to the Office of the Dean, School of Nursing.

Heltzel Memorial Scholarship

The Heltzel Memorial Scholarship is designated for Roman Catholics from the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, enrolling in the School of Engineering.

School of Nursing Scholarships

A number of endowed scholarships, including the Archbishop Hannan and the Loretta Beale Manderfield, are available to undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Nursing. The awards are small and are based on academic achievement, documented need, and participation in School of Nursing activities. Applications are accepted twice each year and the application form is available in the School of Nursing.

Other Scholarships

The David Lynch Scholarship is available to students from Massachusetts. Preference is given to descendants of the parents of the donor. It is not available annually.

The Walter E. Norris Scholarship is intended for a needy student with preference given to students from the state of Vermont. This scholarship is not available annually.

Catholic School Teacher's Tuition Waiver for one half of the student's tuition is available to full-time teachers, administrators, librarians and guidance counselors who are employed by a Catholic elementary or secondary school.

A limited number of Provost's Scholarships worth up to $5,000 are available to new students in the School of Library and Information Science and the National Catholic School of Social Service.


The information contained in this section is subject to change or modification as state and federal regulations and/or institutional policies are revised.

Financial Aid Office
McMahon Hall, Room 6
Phone: 202-319-5307
Toll-Free: 888-635-7788
Fax: 202-319-5573
Federal Aid Title IV Code: 001437

The Office of Financial Aid at The Catholic University of America is available to assist degree seeking graduate students in obtaining loan financing by certifying loan eligibility for federal and commercial loan programs.

Federal Loan Programs

To apply for any federal loan, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA, for the applicable school year In addition, you must be admitted as a degree seeking student and be enrolled at least half-time. Federal student loans include the Federal Stafford (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) Loan, Federal PLUS Loan for Graduate Students and the Federal Perkins Loan.

A student who is a member of a religious order that directs his or her course of study and who also takes a vow of poverty is eligible for unsubsidized federal loans or commercial loans. Subsidized federal funding is not available to a student that meets both of the above criteria.

Stafford Loan

All Stafford Loans are either subsidized (the government pays the interest while you're in school) or unsubsidized (you pay all the interest, although you can have the payments deferred until after graduation). To receive a subsidized Stafford Loan, you must be able to demonstrate financial need.

With the unsubsidized Stafford loan, you can defer the payments until after graduation by capitalizing the interest. This adds the interest payments to the loan balance, increasing the size and cost of the loan. All students, regardless of need, are eligible for the unsubsidized Stafford Loan.

Starting on July 1, 2007, graduate students can borrow $20,500 per year (up from $18,500), although only $8,500 of that is subsidized.

Repayment begins six months after the student graduates or drops below half-time enrollment. The standard repayment term is 10 years, although one can get access to alternate repayment terms (extended, graduated and income contingent repayment) by consolidating the loans

Federal Perkins Loan

The Federal Perkins Loan is awarded to students with exceptional financial need. This is a campus-based loan program, with the school acting as the lender using a limited pool of funds provided by the federal government. It is a subsidized loan, with the interest being paid by the federal government during the in-school and nine-month grace periods. There are no origination or guarantee fees, and the interest rate is 5 percent. There is a 10-year repayment period.

The amount of Perkins Loan you receive is determined by your school's financial aid office.

Graduate and Professional Student PLUS Loans

Graduate or professional students are eligible to borrow under the PLUS Loan Program up to their cost of attendance minus other estimated financial assistance. The requirements for this loan program include a determination that the applicant does not have an adverse credit history, repayment beginning on the date of the last disbursement of the loan, and a fixed interest rate of 8.5 percent.

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