Complete your application or check on your application status by logging into the  application portal here.  

Founded in 1889 by Pope Leo XIII, the Catholic University of America is a top-tier doctoral-granting institution located in the United States’ capital city, Washington, D.C.

Today the private and coeducational university — committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and American institution of higher learning — has approximately 5,059 students – about 2,929 undergraduates and 2,130 graduate students — enrolled in 12 schools of architecture and planning, arts and sciences, business and economics, canon law, engineering, law, professional studies, music-drama-art, nursing, philosophy, social service, and theology and religious studies. All of the schools offer graduate degrees and/or professional degrees. Students choose from among more than 70 bachelor's programs, more than 100 master's programs and more than 60 doctoral programs.

We recommend uploading all your admissions documents into the graduate application portal. If your school needs to send an official document electronically, please send them to for processing.

Submit and complete your online application or check your online application status here by logging into your application portal here.  

How to apply
  1. Begin an application here
  2. Review language proficiency requirements here. (PDF attached)
  3. Request an application fee waiver by email at
  4. Submit your application within 48 hours.
  5. Confirm that all supplemental items have been received. We recommend that you follow up with the references you selected for a letter of recommendation to ensure they have completed your evaluation. 
  6. Once your application is in review, we recommend that you contact your local visa office to finalize your student visa application.
  7. Contact Catholic University’s International Student and Scholars office to see if additional documentation is needed. 
  8. Begin your graduate studies at Catholic University of America!

Admission Requirements

Application - Submit the Metropolitan School’s online graduate application. The application is optimized for application efficiency and enables the applicant to submit supporting documents. For this reason, it is very important that applicants have all of their required documents listed below ready to submit before starting the application. Applications are not considered complete and are not reviewed until all supporting documents, including recommendation letters, have been submitted.

– Letters of recommendation - In the online application, provide contact information for two recommenders. Professional recommendations (preferably from a former or current supervisor) are preferred.

– Statement of purpose – approximately 500 words in length, stating purpose for undertaking graduate studies, qualifications, personal and professional goals, and how participation in the program will help attain these goals.

 – Résumé, detailing your professional experiences (work, awards, memberships)

– Transcripts from previously attended institutions - Unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate level, or higher, courses should be uploaded to the application.  In addition, please mail official transcripts to: 

Lashay Long
Metropolitan School of Professional Studies
The Catholic University of America
329 Pangborn Hall
620 Michigan Ave. NE
Washington, D.C 20064

These transcripts of previous academic training must show courses taken, grades obtained, and proof of graduation. All official/attested transcripts must have an original seal or stamp from the issuing institution. All transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be translated into English and evaluated before they will be reviewed. One of several services that does this is World Education Services (

– Proof of English proficiency - Information on required test scores and waisers for the testing requirement can be found at Scores should be sent directly to the Catholic University of America. 

– F-1 and J-1 students - You must provide a letter of financial support and a bank statement showing sufficient funds to cover the first year of study. Further details can be found at

– Graduate entrance examination scores - GRE/GMAT are not required for admission to any of the Master of Science in Management degrees or other graduate degrees offered by the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies.

– $60 application fee (applicants who attend an information session, in person or online, are eligible for an application fee waiver)

Once your application is complete, the admission evaluation and review process typically takes three to five business days. However, the process may take longer in some cases.

When completing your address on your application, your permanent address must be your home country address, even if you are currently residing in the United States. Your mailing address should be the current location where you are residing. Do not list the United States address of a friend or relative.

You can check your application status at any time by visiting your application portal. You may also contact our office with questions at or by phone at 1-202-319-5256.

Admission Requirements

Once all of the required documents are received, your application will be reviewed by the individual school or program admissions committee using the unofficial transcripts. If an offer of admission is made, then an official transcript in the original signed and sealed envelope, or secure email from the issuing institution or international evaluating service, must be received and reviewed for verification by the Office of Graduate Admissions before registration for classes is allowed. 

Admission decisions will be based on grade point average, undergraduate major, years and relevance of work experience, recommendations, writing ability, relevance/usefulness of program to meeting personal and professional objectives, and other relevant criteria. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Completed applications will receive a decision notification by e-mail within 3-5 business days, and students can begin classes during the next available term.


A full list of tuition and fees can be found at   

Application Deadlines

Catholic University's academic year is divided into fall semester, spring semester and the summer session. Application deadlines for international students are:

Fall semester (August through December) — May 1  
Spring semester (January through May) — November 1
Summer session (May through July) —  March 1

We will continue to process complete applications received after the deadline; however we cannot guarantee an admission decision will be reached in time to begin the desired term.