The Catholic University of America

Archived 7/24/09

Graduate Admissions

I. Introduction
The Catholic University of America admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the university. It does not discriminate against students or applicants for admission, or employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, or on the basis of sex, age or disability, in the administration of its educational or admissions policies or in any aspect of its operations.

Certain minimum requirements are specified below. Individual schools or departments may prescribe additional requirements; these can be found in the appropriate section of the Announcements.

II. Admission to Graduate Studies
The application for admission may be submitted online at Application materials may be requested at or by contacting the Office of Admissions at 800-673-2772 or 202-319-5057. The academic deans of the various schools make decisions on graduate applications based on the recommendations of the admissions committees. Admission is granted only for the semester to which one applies. Those failing to register for the semester for which they have received acceptance must reapply for admission, unless permission for a one- or two-semester deferral is obtained from the dean of their school and notification is sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Deferral of admission does not guarantee deferral of scholarship.

Admission to study does not imply admission to candidacy for a degree, which is granted only after completion of required courses or examinations. Admitted students are required to submit a $200 nonrefundable enrollment deposit to hold his or her place in the class. The deposit is credited toward tuition and fees upon matriculation.

III. Application Requirements
The following materials should be submitted directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions, The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20064.

1. The completed application form and $55 nonrefundable application fee.

The application fee is waived only in the following cases:

• CUA undergraduates (while maintaining continuous enrollment)

• CUA graduate students applying for an advanced graduate degree (while maintaining

continuous enrollment)

2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate coursework and postsecondary studies.

Applicants for graduate study will be expected to have earned a bachelor's degree from an

accredited institution. Their records should indicate that they are prepared to pursue

advanced study and research in the field or fields in which they intend to specialize. Applicants

who have received a bachelor's degree from a nonaccredited institution or who have

completed an educational program equivalent to a bachelor's degree may be admitted if their

undergraduate scholastic records indicate superior ability in the field in which they intend to


Transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar of the school(s) previously attended and

should show degree(s) earned, courses completed toward the degree, grade earned in each

course, and the basis of grading in effect at the institution. An applicant who is in the final

year of undergraduate studies may be admitted provisionally pending receipt of a transcript

showing conferral of the degree.

3. Official letters of recommendation.

Letters should be requested from officials or faculty members of institutions previously

attended who are acquainted with the applicants' ability for graduate study. Employment

supervisors may serve as recommenders when appropriate. Most schools require three letters;

please refer to the school requirements for details.

4. Standardized examinations.

Most schools require the submission of standardized test reports such as the Graduate Record

Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Please refer to the appropriate school for


Official score reports, no more than five years old, must be submitted directly to The Catholic

University of America by the testing service; student copies or photocopies will not be

considered official. For information about the GRE, please visit or contact

GRE-ETS, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000. CUA's test codes are GRE(5104), MAT

(1042), and TOEFL(5104).

5. Statement of purpose.

Certain schools have specific guidelines for the preparation of the statement. If not specified,

applicants should address the following in a statement of approximately 500-750 words:

• State your purpose for undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your

academic objective, research interests and career plans. Also discuss your related

qualifications, including collegiate, professional and community activities, and any other

substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

• How would you describe your ability and commitment to undertake graduate education at

this time?

• What are your proposed career goals?

• What influenced your decision to apply to The Catholic University of America?

6. Additional requirements.

Specific schools may have other requirements such as an early application deadline, the

submission of additional materials such as writing sample, portfolio, audition or interview.

Please review the appropriate school entry for details.

IV. International Student Admission

Application Method

Because of the delays that often occur in obtaining and evaluating credentials, prospective international students should submit complete applications for admission well in advance of the beginning of the semester for which they are applying. Applications should be submitted to the Office of University Admissions no later than Feb. 15 for the fall semester (classes beginning in August) and Oct. 15 for the spring semester (classes beginning in January).

Required Credentials for International Candidates

International applications are considered complete when the Office of University Admissions has received the following:

1. The completed application form and $55 nonrefundable application fee

2. Transcripts of all previous education equivalent to secondary and postsecondary education in the United States; a certified translated copy if transcript is not in the English language

3. Supporting documentation that verifies the availability of sufficient funds

4. Official Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL, score report.

Education completed at institutions outside of the United States, as shown by official documents, may be accepted as equivalent to educational experience in the United States, but the dean of the school in which the applicant seeks admission must approve each case.

Competence in the English Language
All students from countries and areas where English is not the common, spoken language must have a practical understanding of spoken and written English to benefit from instruction, study and examinations in that language. Even if already residents of the United States, applicants are required to take the standard Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL, and submit the results to support their applications. The TOEFL is given several times each year in many foreign centers and in the United States. Further information may be obtained at American consulates, by contacting TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540 U.S.A. or by visiting .

Students who are not sufficiently competent will be advised to continue their language study before reapplying for admission. A student whose performance on the TOEFL satisfies admission requirements but indicates that further study is necessary will be required to take remedial instruction or courses. These language requirements must be completed satisfactorily before the student will be allowed to pursue a full program of regular courses.

The university's Intensive English Program offers several levels of English language training to international students. Please mail requests for additional information to Intensive English Program, CUA, 620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20064, or call 202-319-4439 or e-mail

V. Provisional Admission
Provisional admission may be granted for one semester to an applicant who is missing one or more required documents, such as a final, official transcript, but is otherwise deemed suitable for admission. Such applicants may be requested to secure a notarized statement concerning their academic career from an authoritative source. Admission is provisional for one semester and the student must submit the required documents in that semester. An applicant with strong academic credentials may be accepted provisionally while completing prerequisite courses for a specific degree program.

VI. Students with Disabilities
Disability Services, designed to support and encourage the integration of students with disabilities into the mainstream of the university community are provided through the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS). To be eligible for services at CUA, students must register with DSS and submit documentation of disability. Recently admitted students are encouraged to contact DSS beginning June 1 to begin the registration process. For more information on services or documentation requirements and registration procedures, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services at 202-319-5211, TTY 202-299-2899 , e-mail or visit the DSS Web site at

VII. Admission of Non-Degree Students
An applicant who does not wish to pursue a degree program at The Catholic University of America but who wishes to follow courses independently or in a program required for a certificate, either for credit or as an auditor, may apply for admission as a nondegree seeking student. Standard tuition and fees apply to students who take courses as nondegree or audit status. The application must be accompanied by the specified application fee and supported by official transcripts of all previous postsecondary education. In lieu of a transcript, a properly qualified student who is working toward a degree at another institution may submit written authorization for temporary enrollment at this university from the cognizant dean of that institution.

In the case of an applicant who has received a bachelor's degree from a non-accredited school or who is deficient in preparation, admission as a nondegree seeking student may be granted. After three courses are completed with a grade of B or better, students may apply for degree seeking status. By law, a student visa can be issued to an international applicant only for the purpose of enrolling in a full course of study that will lead to the attainment of a specified educational or vocational objective, as defined in The Code of Federal Regulations at 8 CFR 214.3(k)(4) and 214.4(a)(1)(x). The application of an international student as a nondegree student will be evaluated according to these criteria.

Admission as a nondegree student is limited to a single semester or summer session, unless renewed by the dean of the school for registration in subsequent consecutive semesters or summer sessions. No fee is charged for such renewal. A nondegree student who does not enroll in consecutive terms or who enrolls in a different school must submit a new application for admission, which must be accompanied by the application fee.

A nondegree student who wishes to be considered for admission to a degree program must submit the application and supporting documents ordinarily required for admission to the degree program. Since the mere accumulation of courses will not satisfy degree requirements, one should consult the appropriate dean or department chair before enrolling. A nondegree student may take up to a maximum number of nine graduate credits.

VIII. Readmission
A student who has withdrawn from the university, or who is presumed to have withdrawn because of failure to maintain continuous enrollment, must apply for readmission. An application for readmission is subject to the same scrutiny as is an application for original admission. The student may be required to adhere to degree requirements adopted since original matriculation or to special requirements imposed as a condition of readmission, such as repetition of certain examinations or courses. A student who has been withdrawn for more than ten years may not be eligible for readmission.

An applicant for readmission is required to pay the $55 non refundable application fee.