Welcome Active Military Members and Veterans
The Catholic University of America's Metropolitan School of Professional Studies (MSPS) was founded to serve the higher education needs of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area's adult population, and, in recognition of this mission, we are now here to serve you.
Your tuition could be free. The Metropolitan School of Professional Studies offers courses that are eligible for the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About MSPS
What types of academic programs does MSPS offer?
Metropolitan School of Professional Studies offers a variety of programs for those interested in completing their undergraduate (bachelor's) degree or master's degree, or gaining professional knowledge through a number of career-oriented certificate programs. A current course schedule may be viewed by visiting the Courses and Schedules page on the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies website.
How do I know which academic program is right for me?
Selecting the right program for you is a critical first step, and the staff at MSPS is dedicated to helping you sort through your options. We encourage you to meet with our Director of Admissions so that you can discuss your education and career goals and plan for the program that will meet your needs. To schedule a pre-admissions counseling appointment, please contact the Director of Admissions at (202) 319-5256.
Does MSPS accept transfer credits?
Yes, in most instances MSPS accepts a significant number of credits in transfer, including credits earned through military coursework. We recognize that the ability to transfer credits is often critical for facilitating one's educational transition, and, in response, MSPS has created helpful transfer credit guidelines. For information regarding your specific needs, we encourage you to contact the Director of Admissions at (202) 319-5256.
Does MSPS award credit for prior learning?
Yes, students at MSPS may earn credit for prior learning in a variety of ways. Through portfolio development, students may be able to obtain undergraduate credit for college-level learning from experiences such as military service coursework, training programs, work experience, continuing education, community service, and volunteer activities. CLEP and DSST standardized examinations are offered directly on campus. In addition, Advanced Placement (AP) exam credit, and credits earned via American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations, may be considered for transfer into your program of study. For more information about MSPS's prior learning assessment (PLA) program, please visit the MSPS PLA website.
How much does it cost to attend MSPS?
In recognition of your service, MSPS will offer qualifying service members and veterans a generous tuition discount. Please contact the Director of Admissions at 202-319-5256 to learn more about this discount. For a full listing of tuition expenses and fees, please visit our Admissions and Financial Aid page.
How do I fund my education?
There are numerous avenues for funding your education. For those entitled to them, Veterans Education Benefits (i.e., GI Bill®, Yellow Ribbon Program) may be used to fund portions of the academic program in conjunction with a number of additional scholarships and grants and Federal Financial Aid. The Office of Enrollment Services provides assistance with initializing and maintaining educational benefits with Catholic University.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
How do I apply to MSPS?
You may apply online or via a hard-copy application form downloadable from the MSPS website. Online access as well as hard copy application forms and a listing of other application requirements may be found at Admission. For answers to your specific admissions questions, we encourage you to contact the MSPS Director of Admissions at (202) 319-5256.
What types of student services are available for me at MSPS?
MSPS strives to deliver an unparalleled level of service to adult students. We view each and every student as a whole person with a unique background, talents, and needs and, thus, shape our student development program with the individual in mind. For more details about our student development program, please visit our online Student Development Services. The Catholic University of America provides students with a vast number of resources including Career Services, Disability Support Services, Center for Academic Success, Health Services, Writing Center, Counseling Center, and more.