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.

Charles McCarthy, Ph.D.

Dennis Austin, M.S.

Esteé Mendoza-Irby, M.B.A.

Lee Babcock, Ph.D.

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

Charlotte Blount Lewis, M.B.A.

Carmen Nanko, D.Min.

Denise Boston, Ph.D.

Harriet Nokuri, M.S., M.C.P.

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

Emma Osong, D.M.

Herbert Casey, M.S.

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

Johanna Cottman, M.S.W.

Lynn Phillips, M.S., LPC

James Despres, M.A.

Manuel Quaresma, Ph.L., J.C.L.

Lloyd Eby, Ph.D.

Susan Richardson, M.A.

Eric Fontaine, J.D.

Larry Robertson, M.A.

Ann Gallagher, M.S.

Kenneth Seidl, M.S.

Saiid Ganjalizadeh, Ph.D.

Donald Sepe, M.A.

Anne Gay, M.A.

Richard Sharp, Ph.D.

Ali Ghassemzadeh, M.S.

Paul Shibelski, M.B.A.

Joseph Goldsmith, Ph.D.

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

Jacqueline Hamp, Ed.D.

Joseph Smolskis, M.B.A.

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

Karen Stacy, M.A.

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

Richard Stacy, M.S.

Lawrence Kaiser, Ph.L.

Howard Steed, Ph.D.

Ellen Kandell, J.D.

Maximilian Teleki, M.A.

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

Timothy Tobin, Ed.D.

Satwant Kaur, Ph.D.

David Vargas, M.S.

Randy Kellar, M.A.

Laura Viehmyer, M.S.

D. Kimo Kippen, M.S.

James Wayne, M.B.A.

James Kruggel, M.A.

Cheryl Wood, Ph.D.

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. The master's degree programs offered by MSPS are designed primarily for working professionals. Courses are offered on weekday evenings and provide a strong academic foundation while emphasizing practical, "real world" applications of skills and knowledge.

MSPS offers the following graduate degrees:

  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Resource Management, with the following "tracks":
    • Federal Human Resource Management
    • Human Resource Generalist
  • Master of Science in Management (M.S.M.), with the following "tracks":
    • Federal Acquisition and Contract Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Leadership
    • Professional Communication

 

Admission

In order to be considered for admission into one of the graduate degree programs offered by MSPS, applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed CUA Graduate Application for Admission;
  • $55 non-refundable application fee;
  • 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;
  • Résumé, detailing one's professional experiences (work, awards, memberships); and
  • A pre-admission interview (if required).
Additional credentials required of international applicants:
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, as documented by either:
    • an official TOEFL score report, with a minimum score of 237 on the "older" TOEFL, or 92 - 93 on the reformatted TOEFL.
    • an official IELTS score report, with a minimum score of 7.
  • Confirmation of financial support. Visit http://admissions.cua.edu/international/process.html for more information.
Admission decisions are based on grade point average, undergraduate major, years and relevance of work experience, recommendations, writing ability, usefulness of program in meeting personal and professional objectives, and other relevant criteria.

Financial Information and Costs


Financial Aid

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.

Student Accounts

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://enrollmentservices.cua.edu/Student-Financial-Information/CardinalPAY.cfm.

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://enrollmentservices.cua.edu/Student-Financial-Information/BillingandDueDates.cfm. 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.

Costs

A general accounting of university tuition, fees, and other expenses may be found at the Office of Student Accounts' web site:
 http://enrollmentservices.cua.edu/Student-Financial-Information/Costs.cfm.

Degree Programs

Graduate degree programs offered through MSPS place special emphasis on advanced learning that links theory and professional practice. The programs require successful completion of 36 semester credit hours; a minimum of 30 credits must be taken at The Catholic University of America. Students are allowed a maximum of 7 years from their initial enrollment to meet all degree requirements.

Transfer of Credit

With approval from the dean of MSPS, 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 from Metropolitan's HR3 and MSM3 programs may apply a total of 9 credits earned from 500-level courses taken as an undergraduate and/or pre-approved, graduate-level transfers from other regionally-accredited institutions, with a maximum of 6 credits of the latter.

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 may be impacted.

Probation and Dismissal Policies

Any student who falls below a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) 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 MSPS's graduate 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 or MBU 674) with a grade of 'B' or better.

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 adviser at (202) 319-5256 for additional information.


Student Support

Advising

Once admitted to MSPS, 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

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

Master of Arts in Human Resource Management

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Human Resource Management 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 program offers two "tracks": federal human resource management and human resource generalist.

Federal Human Resource Management Track

Course No.
Course Title
Credits
MBU 510
Organizational Theory and Behavior
3
MBU 543
Labor-Management Relations
3
MBU 566
Human Resource Training and Development
3
MBU 627
Human Resource Information Systems and Communications
3
MBU 630
Management of Human Resources in the Federal Government
3
MBU 632
Compensation and Benefits in the Federal Sector
3
MBU 633
Legal Environment of Human Resources in the Federal Sector
3
MBU 635
Performance Management in the Federal Sector
3
MBU 637
Strategies and Practices in Federal Staffing
3
MBU 638
Strategic Human Capital Management in the Federal Sector
3
MBU 663
Leadership and Organizations
3
MBU 673
Master's Capstone: Research, Synthesis, Applications
3
Total
12 courses
36
 

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



Master of Science in Management

The Master of Science in Management (M.S.M.) is primarily offered as a part-time, evening program that 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. Four tracks are available within the M.S.M. program: Federal Acquisition and Contract Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership, and Professional Communication.

Federal Acquisition and Contract Management Track

Course No.
Course Title Credits
  Core Courses  
MBU 501
Communicating Effectively as a Manager
3
MBU 505
Project Management
3
MBU 514
Leadership Foundations
3
MBU 516
Managing People and Performance
3
MBU 533
Human Resource Management and Strategy
3
MBU 619
Strategic Planning and Implementation
3
MBU 652
Managerial Decision-Making: Tools and Techniques
3
  Track Courses  
MBU 570
Federal Contract Management and Administration
3
MBU 573
Legal Aspects of Contracting
3
MBU 576
Contract Pricing, Negotiations, and Source Selection
3
MBU 5xx
Performance of Government Contracts
3
  Capstone/Synthesis Course  
MBU 674
Master's Capstone (M.S.M.)
3
Total
12 courses
36


Human Resource Management Track

Course No.
Course Title
Credits
 
Core Courses
 
MBU 501
Communicating Effectively as a Manager
3
MBU 505
Project Management
3
MBU 514
Leadership Foundations
3
MBU 516
Managing People and Performance
3
MBU 533
Human Resource Management and Strategy
3
MBU 619
Strategic Planning and Implementation
3
MBU 652
Managerial Decision-Making: Tools and Techniques
3
 
Track Courses
 
varies
Four courses selected from:
12
 
MBU 523 Legal Environment in Human Resource Management
MBU 543 Labor-Management Relations
MBU 564 Compensation and Benefits
MBU 566 Human Resource Training and Development
MBU 627 Human Resource Information Systems & Communications
MBU 667 Leading Organizational Change
Others, with advisor approval
 
 
Capstone/Synthesis Course
 
MBU 674
Master's Capstone (M.S.M.)
3
Total
12 courses 36


Leadership Track

Course No.
Course Title
Credits
 
Core Courses
 
MBU 501
Communicating Effectively as a Manager
3
MBU 505
Project Management
3
MBU 514
Leadership Foundations
3
MBU 516
Managing People and Performance
3
MBU 533
Human Resource Management and Strategy
3
MBU 619
Strategic Planning and Implementation
3
MBU 652
Managerial Decision-Making: Tools and Techniques
3
 
Track Courses
 
MBU 661
Ethical Leadership
3
MBU 664
Developing Leadership Competencies
3
MBU 667
Leading Organizational Change
3
varies
One additional course selected from:
3
 
MBU 512 Conflict Resolution
MBU 543 Labor-Management Relations
MBU 566 Human Resource Training and Development
MBU 640 Public Relations: Managing External Relations
MBU 641 Integrated Organizational Communication
MBU 647 Advanced Managerial Communication
Others, with advisor approval
 
 
Capstone/Synthesis Course
 
MBU 674
Master's Capstone (M.S.M.)
3
Total
12 courses 36


Professional Communication Track

Course No.
Course Title
Credits
 
Core Courses
 
MBU 501
Communicating Effectively as a Manager
3
MBU 505
Project Management
3
MBU 514
Leadership Foundations
3
MBU 516
Managing People and Performance
3
MBU 533
Human Resource Management and Strategy
3
MBU 619
Strategic Planning and Implementation
3
MBU 652
Managerial Decision-Making: Tools and Techniques
3
 
Track Courses
 
MBU 640
Public Relations: Managing External Relations
3
MBU 641
Integrated Organizational Communication
3
MBU 647
Advanced Managerial Communication
3
varies
One additional course selected from:
3
 
MBU 512 Conflict Resolution
MBU 543 Labor-Management Relations
MBU 566 Human Resource Training and Development
MBU 664 Developing Leadership Competencies
MBU 667 Leading Organizational Change
Others, with advisor approval
 
 
Capstone/Synthesis Course
 
MBU 674
Master's Capstone (M.S.M.)
3
Total
12 courses 36


Courses

Business

MBU
Course Title
501
Communicating Effectively as a Manager
505
Project Management
510
Organizational Theory and Behavior
512
Conflict Resolution
514
Leadership Foundations
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
570 Federal Contract Management and Administration
573 Legal Aspects of Contracting
576 Contract Pricing, Negotiations, and Source Selection
590 Internship - Graduate/Professional
595
Independent Study
5xx Performance of Government Contracts
619
Strategic Planning and Implementation
627
Human Resource Information Systems and Communications
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
637
Strategies and Practices in Federal Staffing
638
Strategic Human Capital Management in the Federal Sector
640
Public Relations: Managing External Relations
641 Integrated Organizational Communication
647 Advanced Managerial Communication
652
Managerial Decision-Making: Tools and Techniques
653
Human Resource Budgeting and Metrics
661
Ethical Leadership
663
Leadership and Organizations
664
Developing Leadership Competencies 
667
Leading Organizational Change
673
Master's Capstone: Research, Synthesis, Applications 
674
Master's Capstone (M.S.M.): Research, Syntheses, Applications 


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