The Catholic University of America

Metropolitan School of Professional Studies

Metropolitan College

Administration

Sara Thompson, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Dean & Associate Provost, New Program
Initiatives

Scott E. Battle, M.B.A.

Associate Dean & Chair, Professional
Studies

Vacant

Assistant Dean

Toni Clements, M.S.C.S.

Director of Administration/IT

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

Director of Admissions and Business
Development


 

Adjunct Faculty


 

Adele Abrams, J.D.

Robert Kline, M.A., M.S.

Emmett Aldrich, M.S.

James Kruggel, Ph.D.

Dennis Austin, M.S.

Michael Krumpak, M.S.

David Banks, Ph.D., M.S.S.W., M.P.H., RN

Michael Kushner, M.B.A., PMP

Daniel Barrie, Ph.D.

Roy Littlefield, Ph.D.

Gilberto Brito, M.P.P.

Charles McCarthy, Ph.D.

Tonya Doby Broughton, M.A.

Frederick Mills, M.P.A., CCP

Rodney Cartwright, M.S.

Shawn Mood, M.B.A., M.A.

Herbert Casey, M.S.

William Morton, M.B.A.

Johanna Cottman, M.S.W.

James O’Brien, M.S.

Adel Daham, M.A.

Deborah Parris, M.S.

James Despres, M.A.

Charlena Patterson, M.S.A.

Timothy Dirks, M.B.A.

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

Lloyd Eby, Ph.D.

Larry Robertson, M.A.

Mark Fitzgerald, M.F.A.

M. Jean Russell, Ph.D.

Eric Fontaine, J.D.

Donald Sepe, M.A.

Ann Gallagher, M.S.

Joseph Smolskis, M.B.A.

Roya Ganjalizadeh, M.B.A.

Karen Stacy, M.A.

Saiid Ganjalizadeh, Ph.D.

Richard Stacy, M.S.

Ali Ghassemzadeh, M.S.

Howard Steed, Ph.D.

Jacqueline Hamp, Ed.D.

Maximilian Teleki, M.A.

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

Timothy Tobin, Ed.D.

Joyce Henderson, Ed.D., M.B.A.

David Vargas, M.S.

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

Laura Viehmyer, M.S.

Lawrence Kaiser, Ph.L.

Donald Winstead, M.A.

Ellen Kandell, J.D.

Cheryl Wood, Ph.D.

Satwant Kaur, Ph.D.

Jimmy Word, M.D., M.H.A.

D. Kimo Kippen, M.S.

 

 

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 applications-oriented and focused on professional career tracks. The school offers master's degrees, bachelor's degrees, associate’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 online. They 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
    • Federal Program Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Leadership
    • Organization Development
    • Organizational Communication
    • Project Management
    • Social Entrepreneurship


 

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 (https://applyonline.cua.edu/login.cfm);
  • The non-refundable application fee;
  • Official transcripts (with institutional seal) from all colleges attended, including one 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 current or 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 6.5.
  • Confirmation of financial support. Visit http://admissions.cua.edu/international/process.html for more information.

Admission decisions are based on grade point average, undergraduate degree, 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 are registered through 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.cfmStudents 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 Enrollment Services' 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 entering MSPS graduate programs as Metropolitan Bachelor's to Master's Scholars may apply a total of 9 credits earned from 1) 500-level courses taken as an undergraduate student and/or 2) pre-approved, graduate-level transfer courses taken at 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. 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 on academic probation may be required by the academic dean 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 earned less than a B. The grade from the second enrollment in the course will replace the original grade for the purpose of determining academic standing. 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, is 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. All students are encouraged to contact their adviser at least once a semester for pre-registration advising 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 offered both in an online format and as a part-time, evening program to enable 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 514

Leadership Foundations

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 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 514

Leadership Foundations

3

MBU 523

Legal Environment in Human Resource Management

3

MBU 533

Human Resource Management and Strategy

3

MBU 543

Labor-Management Relations

3

MBU 564

Compensation and Benefits

3

MBU 566

Human Resource Training and Development

3

MBU 619

Strategic Planning and Implementation

3

MBU 627

Human Resource Information Systems and Communications

3

MBU 653

Human Resource Budgeting and Metrics

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 offered both in an online format and 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. Eight tracks are available within the M.S.M. program: Federal Acquisition and Contract Management, Federal Program Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership, Organization Development, Organizational Communication, Project Management, and Social Entrepreneurship.

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: Finance and Budgeting

3

 

Track Courses

 

MBU 570

Federal Contract Management and Administration

3

MBU 573

Legal Aspects of Government Contracting

3

MBU 576

Contract Pricing, Negotiations, and Source Selection

3

MBU 578

Performance of Government Contracts

3

 

Capstone/Synthesis Course

 

MBU 674

Master's Capstone (M.S.M.)

3

Total

12 courses

36

 


Federal Program 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 619

Strategic Planning and Implementation

3

MBU 630

Management of Human Resources in the Federal Government (in lieu of MBU 533 Human Resource Management and Strategy)

3

MBU 652

Managerial Decision-Making: Finance and Budgeting

3

 

Track Courses

 

MBU 570

Federal Contract Management & Administration

3

MBU 577

Program Management in the Federal Government

3

MSO 575

Public Administration

3

MSO 576

Public Policy Analysis & Implementation

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: Finance and Budgeting

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 653 Human Resource Budgeting and Metrics
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: Finance and Budgeting

3

 

Track Courses

 

MBU 664

Developing Leadership Competencies

3

varies

Two courses selected from:

6

 

MBU 647 Advanced Managerial Communication
MBU 667 Leading Organizational Change
MBU 668 Organization Development
MSO 586 Corporate Social Responsibility
Others, with advisor approval

 

varies

One Management-related track elective

3

 

Capstone/Synthesis Course

 

MBU 674

Master's Capstone (M.S.M.)

3

Total

12 courses

36

 


Organization Development 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: Finance and Budgeting

3

 

Track Courses

 

MBU 510

Organizational Theory and Behavior

3

MBU 566

Human Resource Training and Development

3

MBU 667

Leading Organizational Change

3

MBU 668

Organization Development

3

 

Capstone/Synthesis Course

 

MBU 674

Master's Capstone (M.S.M.)

3

Total

12 courses

36

 


Organizational 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: Finance and Budgeting

3

 

Track Courses

 

MBU 540

Integrated Communication: Marketing & Public Relations

3

MBU 566

Human Resource Training and Development

3

MBU 647

Advanced Managerial Communication

3

varies

One additional course selected from:

3

 

MBU 510 Organizational Theory and Behavior
MBU 512 Conflict Resolution
MBU 667 Leading Organizational Change
MBU 668 Organization Development
Others, with advisor approval

 
 

Capstone/Synthesis Course

 

MBU 674

Master's Capstone (M.S.M.)

3

Total

12 courses

36

 


Project 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: Finance and Budgeting

3

 

Track Courses

 

MBU 507

Project Scheduling & Cost Control

3

MBU 508

Risk Management

3

MBU XXX

Advanced Topics in Project Management

3

varies

One additional course selected from:

3

 

MBU 512 Conflict Resolution
MBU 570 Federal Contract Management & Administration
MBU 664 Developing Leadership Competencies
Others, with advisor approval

 
 

Capstone/Synthesis Course

 

MBU 674

Master's Capstone (M.S.M.)

3

Total

12 courses

36

 


Social Entrepreneurship 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: Finance and Budgeting

3

 

Track Courses

 

MSO 584

Principles and Practices of Social Entrepreneurship

3

MSO 585

Public Private Partnerships

3

MSO 586

Corporate Social Responsibility

3

MSO 587

Social Enterprise Development

3

 

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

507

Project Scheduling & Cost Control

508

Risk Management

510

Organizational Theory and Behavior

512

Conflict Resolution

514

Leadership Foundations

516

Managing People and Performance

523

Legal Environment in Human Resource Management

533

Human Resource Management and Strategy

540

Integrated Communication: Marketing and Public Relations

543

Labor-Management Relations

564

Compensation and Benefits

566

Human Resource Training and Development

570

Federal Contract Management and Administration

573

Legal Aspects of Government Contracting

576

Contract Pricing, Negotiations, and Source Selection

577

Program Management in the Federal Government

578

Performance of Government Contracts

594

Independent Study

595

Internship

619

Strategic Planning and Implementation

627

Human Resource Information Systems and Communications

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

647

Advanced Managerial Communication

652

Managerial Decision-Making: Finance and Budgeting

653

Human Resource Budgeting and Metrics

664

Developing Leadership Competencies

667

Leading Organizational Change

668

Organization Development

673

Master's Capstone: Research, Synthesis, Applications

674

Master's Capstone (M.S.M.): Research, Syntheses, Applications


Social Sciences

MSO

Course Title

575

Public Administration

576

Public Policy Analysis & Implementation

584

Principles and Practices of Social Entrepreneurship

585

Public Private Partnerships

586

Corporate Social Responsibility

587

Social Enterprise Development