The Catholic University of America

Metropolitan College

Administration

Sara Thompson, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Dean
Scott E. Battle, M.B.A.
Associate Dean
Graziella P. McCarron, M.A.
Assistant Dean
Susan Scully, B.A.
Director of Admissions
Toni Khianthalat, M.S.C.S.
Director of Administration/IT

Adjunct Faculty

Adele Abrams, J.D. Roy Littlefield, Ph.D.
Dennis Austin, M.S. Carolyn Martiny Cosmos, M.A.
Lee Babcock, Ph.D. Estee Mendoza-Irby, M.B.A.
David Banks, Ph.D. Jack Moran, Ed.S., M.B.A., M.A.
Charlotte Bount Lewis, M.B.A. Carmen Nanko, D.Min.
Denise Boston-Moore, Ph.D. Suzanne Nortier, Psy.D.
Johanna Cottman, M.S.W. E. Warren Perry, M.F.A., M.A.
Abby Crowley, Ph.D. Manuel Quaresma, Ph.L., J.C.L.
James Despres, M.A. Susan Richardson, M.A.
Lloyd Eby, Ph.D. Marilyn Ringenberg, Ph.D.
Eric Fontaine, J.D. Minerva San Juan, Ph.D.
Ann Gallagher, M.S. Jonathan Segal, Ph.D.
Saiid Ganjalizadeh, Ph.D. Kenneth Seidl, M.S.
Anne Gay, M.A. Donald Sepe, M.A.
Joseph Goldsmith, Ph.D. Richard Sharp, Ph.D.
Thomas Healy, J.D., M.I.M. Joseph Smolskis, M.B.A.
Joseph Hillery, Ph.D. Karen Stacy, M.A.
Myrna Jackson, M.S.W. Richard Stacy, M.S.
Ellen Kandell, J.D. Max Teleki, M.A.
Margaret Christi Karwowski, O.S.F., Ph.D. David Vargas, M.S.
Satwant Kaur, M.A., M.Ed. Laura Viehmyer, M.S.
Kimo Kippen, M.S. James Wayne, M.B.A.
James Kruggel, M.A. Cheryl Wood, Ph.D.

History and Mission

In 1979, The Catholic University of America created Metropolitan College, originally named University College, in order to bring the resources of the university to adult learners. Metropolitan College has had a long history of offering programs that are applications-oriented with a focus on preparing working adults to advance in their professional careers. The college offers master's degrees, bachelor′s degrees, certificates, and noncredit preparation for professional certification in high-demand career tracks.

Metropolitan College regards its service to nontraditional students as a special part of The Catholic University of America′s overall educational mission. Individual programs are designed with a maximum of flexibility to accommodate the various schedules of adult students. Courses adhere to the academic standards of the university while being offered in evening, accelerated, and online formats.

Metropolitan College offers the following graduate degrees:

  • Master of Arts in Human Resource Management (MA-HRM), with the following "tracks":
    • Human Resource Generalist
    • Federal Human Resource Management
  • Master of Science in Management (M.S.M.), with the following "tracks":
    • Leadership
    • Professional Communication

Admission

In order to be considered for admission into one of Metropolitan College's graduate degree programs, applicants must submit the following materials:
  • Completed CUA Graduate Application for Admission.
  • Official transcript (with institutional seal) from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university showing completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree, or the international equivalent.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Ideally, at least one academic recommendation (from a former faculty member) and one professional recommendation (from a former or current supervisor) should be included.
  • Statement of Purpose, approximately 500 words in length, stating the reason for undertaking graduate studies, qualifications, personal and professional goals, and how participation in the program will help attain these goals.
  • $55 non-refundable application fee.
  • Résumé, detailing one's professional experiences (work, awards, memberships).
  • A pre-admission interview may be required.
Additional credentials required of international applicants:
  • Official TOEFL score report. (Recommended minimum scores: 237 on the "older" TOEFL, or 92 - 93 on the reformatted TOEFL.)
  • Confirmation of Financial Support Form.
Admission decisions will be based on grade point average, undergraduate major, years and relevance of work experience, recommendations, writing ability, relevance/usefulness of program in meeting personal and professional objectives, and other relevant criteria.

Financial Information

The Catholic University of America offers reduced tuition for full-time and part-time students in Metropolitan College who are taking courses provided by Metropolitan College. The university also maintains a financial aid program for students with a demonstrated need. For information on financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (202) 319-5307.

Students are not considered officially enrolled in the university until they have both completed registration and satisfied their financial obligation to the university. Billing statements are issued online through the CardinalPAY e-commerce system. For more information on CardinalPAY, please visit http://treasurer.cua.edu/controller/sa/CardinalPay. Satisfactory payment includes paying the total charges, being current with payments on the tuition payment plan, or completing all financial aid forms and waiting for accepted financial aid to be credited. Incomplete financial aid awards are considered to be late payments. Additional charges will be assessed to the student's account for checks returned by the bank for insufficient funds or stop payments. All charges due to the university must be paid in full by the payment due date published each semester. For more information on payment due dates, please visit http://treasurer.cua.edu/controller/sa/importantDates. Students who do not honor the financial arrangements agreed upon will not be permitted to register the following semester unless payment or new arrangements are negotiated.

A general account of university tuition, fees, and other expenses may be found at Catholic University′s Office of the Registrar′s Web site: http://treasurer.cua.edu/controller/sa/tuitionandfees

Degree Programs

The Metropolitan College graduate degree programs place special emphasis on advanced learning that links theory and professional practice. The programs require successful completion of 36 credit hours; a minimum of 30 credits must be taken at The Catholic University of America.

Transfer of Credit

With approval from the dean of Metropolitan College, matriculated students may take courses at other regionally-accredited institutions of higher learning on a limited basis. Students may transfer in no more than a total of 6 credits, which includes all transfer credits pre- and post-matriculation. Transferability of credit is determined at the discretion of the program based on course equivalence, date of completion (typically, no more than 5 years prior to entry into program), and grade (minimum 'B'/3.0).

Students planning to take courses at another regionally-accredited institution (during any academic semester or summer session) must obtain approval from the dean of Metropolitan College before the end of the semester prior to the semester in which they plan to take the transfer course(s). Approval is granted on a case-by-case basis depending on the student′s need for the course(s), degree requirements, etc. Without prior approval, transfer of credit is not guaranteed. Students hoping to take courses at another institution should also contact the CUA Office of Financial Aid (202-319-5307) to determine how funding may be impacted.

Probation and Dismissal Policies

Any student who falls below a 3.0 cumulative grade point average is on academic probation for the following regular semester (i.e., a student whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 at the end of the spring semester is on probation through the end of the following fall semester, even if the student takes summer courses to raise his/her cumulative GPA. Also a student whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 at the end of the fall semester is on probation through the end of the following spring semester.). A student placed on academic probation by the academic dean may be required to take a reduced course load during the time of probation. See below (i.e., Requirements for Graduation) for additional policies relevant to probation and dismissal.

Requirements for Graduation

All students are responsible for knowing academic and university policies. Policies specific to the M.S.M. and MA-HRM programs include the following:


1. To graduate, students must earn an overall grade point average of at least a 'B' (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) on course work applied toward a master's degree, which may include no more than one course completed with a grade of 'C'. Students are permitted to retake, no more than one time each, up to two courses for which they earn less than a 'B'. The grade from the second enrollment in the course will replace the original grade for the purpose of calculating the grade point average. Any student who earns less than a 'B-' in more than three courses, or whose grade point average falls below a 'B' for two consecutive semesters, may be subject to dismissal from the program.

2. Students must complete the program′s capstone course, MBU 673 Master′s Capstone: Research, Synthesis, Applications, with a grade of 'B' or better.

Student Support

Advising

Once admitted to Metropolitan College, each student is assigned an academic adviser. Generally, students remain with their assigned adviser for the duration of their degree program. However, given sufficient rationale, the student may be reassigned to another adviser at the discretion of the associate dean.

All students are encouraged to meet with their adviser at least once a semester for pre-registration for the next semester′s classes. However, students may see their adviser at any time during the academic year regarding their academic program and status. Students are responsible for knowing and understanding the requirements of their specific degree programs and for keeping track of their progress in working toward their degrees.

Student Services

Metropolitan College strives to deliver an unparalleled level of service to adult students. In addition to the opportunities for involvement and support presented by the university, Metropolitan College also delivers a wide range of services to include personal, professional, and academic development seminars; an adult-learner-focused new student orientation, which is also delivered in an online format; student organizations; an online student development resource center; a weekly e-newsletter disseminated to the entire Metropolitan College student community; and a host of other student development programs. Students wishing to learn more about student services are welcome to visit http://metro.cua.edu/studentservices

Master of Arts in Human Resource Management (MA-HRM)

The Master of Arts in Human Resource Management (MA-HRM) is primarily offered as a part-time, evening program that enables HR professionals to pursue their academic goals while balancing personal and professional demands. The emphasis of the program is on developing an academic foundation that provides current and aspiring HR professionals with the skills and knowledge both to perform their jobs more effectively and to understand better the organizational context within which they operate.

While the program incorporates theoretical concepts, the focus is squarely on providing a practical, applications-oriented education. Course work incorporates a range of pedagogical styles - including traditional lectures, team work and group projects, field research, experiential activities, and the like - to provide a rich, diverse educational experience. The MA-HRM program offers two "tracks": human resource generalist and federal human resource management.


Human Resource Generalist Track

Course No.
Course Title
Credits
MBU 530
Management of Human Resources
3
MBU 510
Organization Theory and Behavior
3
MBU 543
Labor-Management Relations
3
MBU 523
Legal Environment in Human Resource Management
3
MBU 564
Compensation and Benefits
3
MBU 627
Human Resource Information Systems and Communication
3
MBU 566
Human Resource Development and Training
3
MBU 512
Conflict Resolution
3
MBU 653
Human Resource Budgeting and Metrics
3
MBU 663
Leadership and Organizations
3
MBU 629
Strategic Planning for Human Resource Managers
3
MBU 673
Master′s Capstone: Research, Synthesis, Applications
3
Total
12 courses
36


Federal Human Resource Management Track

Course No.
Course Title
Credits
MBU 630
Management of Human Resources in the Federal Government 3
MBU 510 Organization Theory and Behavior 3
MBU 543 Labor-Management Relations 3
MBU 633 Legal Environment of Human Resource Management in the Federal Sector 3
MBU 632 Compensation and Benefits in the Federal Government 3
MBU 627 Human Resource Information Systems and Communication 3
MBU 566 Human Resource Development and Training 3
MBU 635 Performance Management in the Federal Sector 3
MBU 663 Leadership and Organizations 3
MBU 6xx

Strategies and Practices in Federal Staffing

3

MBU 6xx

Strategic Human Capital Management in the Federal Sector

3

MBU 673

Master′s Capstone: Research, Synthesis, Applications

3
Total 12 courses 36


Master of Science in Management (M.S.M.)

The M.S.M. program focuses on the concepts, principles, and issues experienced by managers in all types of organizations - commercial, governmental, educational, community, and nonprofit. The program combines a strong academic foundation with practical knowledge and skills in management to help students enhance their ability to manage organizational resources more effectively. The degree is of potential relevance to anyone who maintains, or is assuming, managerial responsibilities. Two tracks are available within the M.S.M. program: Leadership and Professional Communication.


Leadership Track

Course No.
Course Title
Credits
Core Courses
MBU 501
Communicating Effectively as a Manager
3
MBU 516
Managing People and Performance
3
MBU 5xx
Managerial Decision-Making: Tools and Techniques
3
MBU 5xx
Project Management
3
MBU 533
Human Resource Management and Strategy
3
MBU 5xx
Leadership Foundations
3
MBU 6xx
Strategic Planning and Implementation
3
Track Courses
MBU 6xx
Ethical Leadership
3
MBU 6xx
Leading Organizational Change
3
MBU 6xx Developing Leadership Competencies 3
varies One additional course selected from: 3
Labor-Management Relations
Integrated Organizational Communication
Public Relations: Managing External Relations
Human Resource Development and Training
Advanced Managerial Communication
Conflict Resolution
Capstone/Synthesis Course
MBU 673
Master′s Capstone: Research, Synthesis, Applications
3
Total
12 courses
36


Professional Communication Track

Course No.
Course Title
Credits
Core Courses
MBU 501
Communicating Effectively as a Manager
3
MBU 516
Managing People and Performance
3
MBU 5xx
Managerial Decision-Making: Tools and Techniques
3
MBU 5xx
Project Management
3
MBU 533
Human Resource Management and Strategy
3
MBU 5xx
Leadership Foundations
3
MBU 6xx
Strategic Planning and Implementation
3
Track Courses
MBU 6xx
Integrated Organizational Communication
3
MBU 6xx
Public Relations: Managing External Relations
3
MBU 6xx Advanced Managerial Communication 3
varies One additional course selected from: 3
Human Resource Development and Training
Labor-Management Relations
Leading Organizational Change
Developing Leadership Competencies
Conflict Resolution
Capstone/Synthesis Course
MBU 673
Master′s Capstone: Research, Synthesis, Applications
3
Total
12 courses
36


Courses Offered


Business

MBU Course Title
501 Communicating Effectively as a Manager
510 Organization Theory and Behavior
512 Conflict Resolution
516 Managing People and Performance
523 Legal Environment in Human Resource Management
530 Management of Human Resources
533 Human Resource Management and Strategy
543 Labor-Management Relations
564 Compensation and Benefits
566 Human Resource Training and Development
5xx Managerial Decision-Making: Tools and Techniques
5xx Project Management
5xx Leadership Foundations
595 Independent Study
627 Human Resource Information Systems and Communication
629 Strategic Planning for Human Resource Managers
630 Management of Human Resources in the Federal Government
632 Compensation and Benefits in the Federal Sector
633 Legal Environment of Human Resources in the Federal Sector
635 Performance Management in the Federal Sector
653 Human Resource Budgeting and Metrics
663 Leadership and Organizations
6xx Integrated Organizational Communication
6xx Public Relations: Managing External Relations
6xx Advanced Managerial Communication
6xx Ethical Leadership
6xx Leading Organizational Change
6xx Developing Leadership Competencies
6xx Strategic Planning and Implementation
673 Master's Capstone: Research, Synthesis, Applications

Please consult the Cardinal Station Web site https://cardinalstation.cua.edu for descriptions of courses offered in the current semester.