The Catholic University of America

Admission to Graduate Study


Additional History

3/9/15: The policy was revised to clarify the requirements for Official Transcripts (section III.B) and Provisional Admission (section V) in order to harmonize the policy with current practice.

5/1/14:  The language below was removed from the University’s Conflict of Interest Policy – Externally-Funded Research in August 2012.  As the provision is still operative, at the request of the Office of the Provost the language was inserted at the end of section II. of the Graduate Admissions Policy. 

VII. Admission to Degree Programs
By provision of the Academic Senate, no member of a Faculty in the ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Ordinary Professor, and no Officer of Administration (as specified by name in the Announcements of the University) will be admitted to a graduate degree program.  Interpretation of this rule and authorization of exceptions to it are within the jurisdiction of the Graduate Board.


9/4/13:  The introductory paragraph was revised to track the Non-Discrimination/Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy more closely.  The international student admission section was revsied to clarify and update the transcript requirement and to clarify the English language proficiency requirements.  Language was added to the readmission section regarding readmission of veterans.

11/22/11: Changes were made to further clarify provisional and conditional admission at the graduate level.

1/13/11: The $55 readmission application fee was changed to a $100 readmission fee charged upon registration.

7/24/09:  Policy changed to clarify criteria for admission of international students.

June 2007: Introduction Paragraph on non-discrimination replaced by the Notice of Non-Discrimination Statement Adopted by the Board of Trustees in 1999.

August 2006: Conformed to print Announcements, in the following manner:

Deleted these two sections from introduction: The Catholic University of America welcomes applications from men and women of character, intelligence and motivation regardless of race, creed, sex, age, religion, ethnic background or disabilities. It does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, religion, race, sexual orientation, handicap, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school administered programs.

Admission for undergraduate students to all schools of the university is administered by the Office of University Admissions. Please address all inquiries, requests for application forms and subsequent correspondence to the Office of University Admissions, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064. (Visit, phone 202-319-5305 or toll-free in the U.S. 1-800-673-2772, fax 202-319-6533 or e-mail

Note that the EO statement is still contained in the policy, just in a shorter format.

Added this asterisk to section I:

* The university is prohibited by law from requesting information of applicants as to the presence of any disabilities. It is the responsibility of the student who is disabled to report any such condition to the university if he or she needs special services. The information should be reported directly to the adviser to students with disabilities in the Office of Disability Support Services. This should be done as soon as possible after notice of admission is received in order to allow adequate time for provision of special services and aids which the student may need while in attendance. The adviser is also prepared to assist with accommodations needed during the student's attendance.

Removed these two bullets from application requirements:
• Project 1,000 applications
• McNair Scholars

The section on International Student Admission was rewritten, some simply reformatting, and some substantive to reflect changes in the way the admission process occurs.

Under Admission of Non-Degree Students, this sentence was added: Standard tuition and fees apply to students who take courses as nondegree or audit status.

This sentence changed as follows (red deleted, blue added)

After three courses are completed with a grade of B or better, the chair may recommend to the dean a change of status with full admission to a degree program. students may apply for degree seeking status.

08/23/05: Policy was reformatted according to the standard template. No changes were made to the substance of this policy.