The Catholic University of America

Metropolitan School of Professional Studies

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

Mattie L. Hunter, M.H.R.O.D.

Manager, Academic Programs

Melissa Stevenson, M.A.

Manager, Student Programs and Development

Adjunct Faculty

Adele Abrams, J.D.

Roy Littlefield, Ph.D.

Rick Anholt, Ed.D.

Esteé Mendoza-Irby, M.B.A.

Dennis Austin, M.S.

Jack Moran, Ed.S., M.B.A., M.A.

Lee Babcock, Ph.D.

Carmen Nanko, D.Min.

Charlotte Blount Lewis, M.B.A.

Suzanne Nortier, Psy.D.

Denise Boston, Ph.D.

Emma Osong, D.M.

Corinne Cannon, M.A.T., M.Sc.

E. Warren Perry, M.F.A., M.A.

Johanna Cottman, M.S.W.

Lynn Phillips, M.S., LPC

Abby Crowley, Ed.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.

Kenneth Seidl, M.S.

Ann Gallagher, M.S.

Donald Sepe, M.A.

Saiid Ganjalizadeh, Ph.D.

Richard Sharp, Ph.D.

Anne Gay, M.A.

Paul Shibelski, M.B.A.

Ali Ghassemzadeh, M.S.

Robert Sienkiewicz, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Joseph Goldsmith, Ph.D.

Joseph Smolskis, M.B.A.

Jacqueline Hamp, Ed.D.

Karen Stacy, M.A.

Thomas Healy, J.D., M.I.M.

Richard Stacy, M.S.

Joseph Hillery, Ph.D.

Maximilian Teleki, M.A.

Myrna Jackson, M.S.W., LCSW-C

Timothy Tobin, Ed.D.

Ellen Kandell, J.D.

David Vargas, M.S.

Margaret Christi Karwowski, O.S.F., Ph.D.

Laura Viehmyer, M.S.

Satwant Kaur, M.Ed., M.A.

James Wayne, M.B.A.

D. Kimo Kippen, M.S.

Cheryl Wood, Ph.D.

James Kruggel, M.A.

History and Mission

CUA's Metropolitan School of Professional Studies (MSPS) was established as University College in 1979 by the Board of Trustees to extend the educational resources and programs of the university to adult students wanting to pursue academic and professional credentials. MSPS has a long history of serving adults with programs that integrate a values-based, liberal arts foundation with majors that are applied and focused on professional career tracks. The school offers master's degrees, bachelor's degrees, certificates, and noncredit preparation for professional certification in high-demand career tracks.

MSPS regards its service to nontraditional students as a special part of The Catholic University of America's overall educational mission. Reflecting the tradition and educational values of the university, the bachelor's degree is based on a strong core component of study in the humanities and social sciences. 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.

MSPS offers the following undergraduate degrees and certificates:

Bachelor's degree programs:

· Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, B.A.G.S. (This degree has been discontinued and is offered only to students admitted prior to August 1, 2006.)

· Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A.I.S.

· Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology, B.A.I.T.

· Bachelor of Arts in Management, B.A.Mgt.

Associate's degree programs:

· Associate of Science in International Health Studies, A.S. (This program is offered solely for the Brothers of Charity, in cooperation with CUA's School of Nursing .)

· Associate of Science in Special Education Studies, A.S. (This program is offered solely for the Brothers of Charity, in cooperation with CUA's Department of Education.)

Certificate programs:

· Advanced Certificate in Information Technology

· Business Management Certificate

· Human Resource Management Certificate

· Human Services Administration Certificate

· Special Education Studies Certificate for Paraeducators


For more detailed information about the A.S. and certificate programs, please visit the MSPS web site at: http://metro.cua.edu.

Admission

Students must be 21 years of age or older to be admitted into MSPS. Students may be admitted into a baccalaureate degree program or may enroll in classes as special, non-degree students. Application to the undergraduate program includes the following:

1. MSPS Application for Undergraduate Admission;

 

2. $55 non-refundable application fee;

3. Official transcript(s) from high school(s) attended;

4. Official transcript(s) from previous college(s) attended (if applicable);

5. Statement of educational and career goals; and

6. A pre-admission interview with an academic counselor.

The submission of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores, Dantes Subject Standardized Test (DSST) scores, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores, and a résumé is encouraged and may be helpful when discussing educational history and objectives. The Admissions Committee may also request candidates to submit letters of reference.

Transfer Students

Admission evaluations for transfer students are made based on a composite of work experience, professional references, a written statement of purpose, and performance in previous post-secondary academics that exhibits commitment and the ability to do quality college-level work. A program plan will be created after an evaluation of coursework from other postsecondary, regionally-accredited institutions has been completed. Course syllabi and/or course descriptions may be requested. Students applying for transfer from other schools within The Catholic University of America will be considered according to the above guidelines.

 

Additional information regarding the transfer of credit to CUA's MSPS may be found in the transfer credit policy: http://metro.cua.edu/res/docs/bachelor/transfer-credit-policy.pdf.

Financial Information

The Catholic University of America offers reduced tuition for students in the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies who are taking courses provided by MSPS. The university also maintains a federal financial aid program for students with a demonstrated need. For information on federal financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (202) 319-5307 or visit http://financialaid.cua.edu. Scholarships and tuition discounts are also available for qualified students; for additional information, please contact the MSPS office at (202) 319-5256.

Students are considered officially enrolled and responsible for any associated financial obligations once they have completed course registration via Cardinal Station (https://cardinalstation.cua.edu). Billing statements are issued online through the CardinalPAY e-commerce system; no paper bills are issued. 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, and/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 is made or new arrangements are negotiated.

A general accounting of university tuition, fees, and other expenses may be found at the Office of Student Accounts' web site: http://treasurer.cua.edu/controller/sa/tuitionandfees.

Bachelor's Degrees

The MSPS bachelor's degree programs place special emphasis on interdisciplinary learning that links theory and professional practice. The curriculum is designed to develop competencies in the following six areas:

1. Oral and written communication;

2. Critical thinking and reasoned analysis;

3. Social responsibility;

 

4. Multicultural and international perspectives;

 

5. Technology use; and

 

6. Self-directed learning.

The bachelor's degree programs consist of a core curriculum of 19 courses (57 semester credits), a major area of at least 12 courses (36 credits), and free electives, so that the total number of courses is at least 40 (120 credits). A minimum of 36 credits must be taken at The Catholic University of America.

Core and Major Requirements

A minimum grade of "C-" is required for all courses in the major. A minimum grade of "C-" is also required for the following core courses: MHU 151 Rhetoric and Composition, MHU 152 Composition and Research, MHU 131 Presiding, Presenting, and Speaking, MIS 105 Microcomputer Applications I, and MID 495 Senior Seminar.

 

Students earning less than a "C-" in any one of the core courses identified above or any major course must repeat the course. Any course taken to fulfill requirements for the core and/or major may only be repeated once. When a course with a grade of D or F is repeated, the following rules shall apply:

 

 

1. The course must be identical in listing and cannot be taken at another institution;

2. The second time, the course may not be taken for pass/fail;

3. Both courses and grades will be recorded in the student's file and transcript; and

4. For calculation of the grade point average and for fulfillment of curriculum requirements, the credit and the grade of the repeated course will apply and the credit and grade of the original course will no longer count.

 

 

Transfer of Credit Post-Matriculation

 

With approval from the dean of MSPS , matriculated students may take courses at other regionally-accredited institutions of higher learning on a limited basis. However, students may transfer in no more than a total of 84 credits - this includes all transfer credits pre- and post-matriculation. Students must also complete at least 12 credits at CUA within 12 months of the end of their final semester.

Students planning to take courses at another regionally-accredited institution (during any academic semester or summer session) must obtain approval from the dean of MSPS 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 Office of Financial Aid at (202) 319-5307 to determine how funding will be impacted.

Pre-approved transfer credit will be awarded in accordance with the MSPS transfer credit policy available at: http://metro.cua.edu/res/docs/bachelor/transfer-credit-policy.pdf.

Probation and Dismissal Policies

Any student who falls below a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is on academic probation for the following regular semester (i.e., a student whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0 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 2.0 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.

 

The following are grounds for academic dismissal from MSPS :

· Failure to earn a 2.0 cumulative grade point average after two semesters on academic probation; or

· Receipt of a failing grade (F) in three of more credit-bearing courses undertaken in a semester. (Reversion of an incomplete grade (I) to an F shall be included in the total number of failures for the semester in which the I was given, with possible dismissal effective at the close of the current semester.); or

· At the end of any academic year, possession of a cumulative grade point average (for all semesters undertaken) below 1.5.

Requirements for Graduation

The bachelor's degree programs in MSPS consist of a minimum of 120 semester credits. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in order to remain in good academic standing for graduation.

 

There are numerous academic policies that apply to students enrolled in MSPS . These policies may be found in various Catholic University and MSPS documents, including these Announcements and the university's web-based policies page (http://policies.cua.edu). Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with these policies and will find the information very helpful in understanding academic regulations, responsibilities, and expectations. Students are also encouraged to contact their MSPS academic advisers at (202) 319-5256 for additional information.

Student Support

Advising

Once admitted to MSPS , each undergraduate 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 assistant dean.

All students are encouraged to meet with their advisers 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

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

 

Degree Program Curricula

Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (B.A.G.S.)

This degree has been discontinued and is offered only to students admitted prior to August 1, 2006.

 

Requirements

Credits

Core

11 courses

33

MID 100

Critical Thinking

3

MHU 151

Rhetoric and Composition

3

MHU 152

Composition and Research

3

MSO 200

Human Cultural Diversity

3

MIS 105

Microcomputer Applications I

3

MRE xxx

Theology and Religious Studies (2)

6

MPH xxx

Philosophy (2)

6

Varies

MID 495

International Studies (1)

Senior Seminar

3

3

Distribution

12 courses in interdisciplinary studies: business, humanities,

language and culture, mathematics, philosophy, social sciences,

and religious studies, with no more than half of the credits coming

from a single area.

 

36

Concentration

12 courses in one area: business management, education

studies, general studies, management information

systems, social sciences, and social work.

 

36

Electives

5 courses

15

Total

120

 

Core Curriculum - All Bachelor's Degree Programs
(except the B.A.G.S. degree)

At the heart of MSPS's degree programs is a robust core curriculum designed to provide a strong "liberal arts" education. The liberal education core affords students a particularly broad and engaging educational experience. MSPS offers the following core curriculum:

Requirements

Credits

Two courses in Theology and Religious Studies

6

MID 100 Critical Thinking

3

Two courses in Philosophy

6

MHU 151 Rhetoric and Composition

3

MHU 152 Composition and Research

3

MHU 131 Presiding, Presenting, and Speaking

3

One course in Literature

3

Two courses in the Humanities

6

MID 150 College Mathematics

3

One course in the Natural Sciences

3

MSO 200 Human Cultural Diversity

3

One course in International Studies

3

Two courses in the Social or Behavioral Sciences

6

MIS 105 Microcomputer Applications I

3

MID 495 Senior Seminar

3

Total

57

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.I.S.)

Of the three bachelor's degree programs offered by MSPS, the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.I.S.) is the ideal choice for those wishing to gain exposure to a broad range of subject areas, to customize a degree program of particular interest, or to major in either Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Science, or Social Work. The program is distinguished by its particularly strong foundation in liberal education and curricular flexibility. Following are the requirements for the B.A.I.S. with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies. For information regarding majors in Social Science or Social Work, please contact a MSPS adviser at (202) 319-5256.

Requirements

Credits

Core

19 courses

57

Major

12 courses-Interdisciplinary Studies

36

Electives

9 courses

27

Total

40 courses

120

Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology (B.A.I.T.)

MSPS's Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology (B.A.I.T.) degree program provides an ideal education to those interested in developing a career in information technology. The program offers a strong liberal arts foundation, along with in-depth exposure to a wide range of information technology (IT) concepts, practices, and technologies.

Requirements

Credits

Core

19 courses

57

Major

12 courses-Information Technology

36

MIS 107

Microcomputer Applications II

MIS 110

Introduction to Programming

MBU 201

Management and Organizational Behavior

MIS 210

Fundamentals of Information Systems

MIS 238

Electronic Business

MIS 240

Management Information Systems

MIS 314

IT Hardware and Systems Software

MIS 323

Data Communications

MIS 325

Project Management

MIS 327

Systems Analysis and Design

MIS 431

Database Management Systems

MIS 457

Emerging Environments

Electives

9 courses

27

Total

40 courses

120

Bachelor of Arts in Management (B.A.Mgt.)

The Bachelor of Arts in Management (B.A.Mgt.) is the ideal choice for those wishing to pursue a career in business or management. The program offers a strong liberal arts foundation, along with in-depth exposure to both the principles and practices of management and the various functional areas of business enterprises.

Requirements

Credits

Core

19 courses

57

Major

14 courses-Business

42

MBU 110

Accounting I

MBU 141

Macroeconomics

MBU 142

Microeconomics

MBU 201

Management and Organizational Behavior

MBU 205

Contemporary Marketing

MBU 251

Financial Analysis

MBU 341

Business Law

MBU 356

International Business

MBU 361

Human Resource Management

MBU 370

Statistics

MPH 250

Professional Ethics

MIS 107 or

MIS 110

Microcomputer Applications II or

Introduction to Programming

MIS 240

Management Information Systems

MIS 324

Strategic Management Practices

Electives

7 courses

21

Total

40 courses

120

Courses Offered

Business

MBU

Course Title

110

Accounting I

141

Macroeconomics

142

Microeconomics

167

Conflict Resolution

201

Management and Organizational Behavior

202

Management Principles and Practices

205

Contemporary Marketing

251

Financial Analysis

324

Strategic Management Practices

328

Employee Compensation and Benefits

341

Business Law

351

Managerial Leadership

353

Government and Business

356

International Business

361

Human Resource Management

365

Key Legal Issues in Human Resource Management

370

Statistics

465

Human Resources Development and Training

467

Employee and Labor Relations

490

Entrepreneurship

Education Studies

MEDU

Course Title

101

Introduction to Special Education

115

School Home Connections: Partnerships

201

Field Placement in Education

210

Language and Learning, Reading and Writing

251

Foundations of Education and Effective Teaching

261

Human Growth and Development

271

Characteristics and Needs of Students with Severe Disabilities

301A

Special Education Curriculum and Instruction

310

Methods for Teach Elementary Mathematics with Manipulatives

321

Positive Classroom and Behavior Management

331

Methods for Teaching Elementary Reading

341

Methods for Teaching Elementary Mathematics

351

Interdisciplinary Teaching Through Physical Education for Special Needs Learners

361

Psychology of Education

371

Best Practices in the Education of Students with Developmental Disabilities

Humanities

MHU

Course Title

120

Introduction to Art

131

Presiding, Presenting, and Speaking

140

Writing Skills

151

Rhetoric and Composition

152

Composition and Research

203

Leadership in the Classics

204

Creative Writing

206

Professional Ethics in Literature

261

Western Literature

320

Film and Literature

361

American Literature I

362

American Literature II

363

African-American Literature

368

Civil Rights in America

370

The Jazz Age

371

International Cultures in American Literature

410

Women's Literature

490

Topics in the Humanities

Interdisciplinary Studies

MID

Course Title

100

Critical Thinking

150

College Mathematics

210

Introduction to the Biological Sciences

213

Earth Science

214

Mythology

215

Topics in Modern Science

350

Synthesis, Application, and Integration of Learning (SAIL)

398

Independent Study/Project (1-6)

399

Independent Study/Project (1-6)

490

Internship

495

Senior Seminar

498

Independent Study/Project

499

Independent Study/Project

Management Information Systems

MIS

Course Title

104

Introduction to Computers

105

Microcomputer Applications I

107

Microcomputer Applications II

110

Introduction to Programming

210

Fundamentals of Information Systems

238

Electronic Business

240

Management Information Systems

314

IT Hardware and System Software

323

Data Communications

325

Project Management

327

Systems Analysis and Design

431

Database Management Systems

457

Emerging Environments

460

IT Applications: Synthesis of Theory and Practice

Philosophy

MPH

Course Title

200

The Classical Mind

201

Modern Philosophy

250

Professional Ethics

300

Persons and Value

325

Philosophy of Science

330

Philosophy of Human Nature

350

Philosophy of Religion

420

Contemporary Philosophy

450

Ethics and Human Values

490

Topics in Philosophy

Social/Behavioral Sciences

MSO
Course Title
101
Introduction to Human Services
152
America and the World
170
American Political Science
180
General Psychology
190
Sociology
200
Human Cultural Diversity
203
Social Problems
250
Abnormal Psychology
270
Understanding Global Issues
271
World Politics
272
Comparative Politics
275
Public Administration
276
Public Policy
328
Public Policy and Human Services
334
Human Services Delivery: A Comprehensive Evaluation
335
Human Services Delivery: Skills, Strategies, and Resources
340
Human Services Administration
345
Legal Issues in Human Services
358
Immigrant Experience in America
365
Introduction to Counseling
380
Social Psychology
397
News Media and International Affairs
398
International Conflict Resolution
401
Management for Public Health
450
Case Management
461
Psychology of Group Behavior
490
Topics in Social Science

Theology and Religious Studies

MRE
Course Title
100
The Old Testament
110
The New Testament
175
The Catholic Tradition
300
Contemporary Catholic Thought
424
Theology, Science, and Technology
447
Theology of Marriage and the Family
448
Emerging Voices in the U.S. Christian Community
450
Religion and Social Mores
455
History of the Catholic Church
481
World Religions
490
Topics in Religion

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

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