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Located on a beautiful campus in Washington, D.C., The Catholic University of America (CUA) is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church and the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. Catholic bishops. Founded in 1887 as a center for graduate study, CUA has evolved into a modern American university, committed not only to graduate but also to undergraduate and professional education. The University is dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, seeking to discover, preserve and impart truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation, and the world.

CUA is home to 12 academic schools, 21 research facilities, and approximately 7,000 students from all 50 states and 85 countries. The University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and 97 percent of the full-time faculty have doctoral or terminal degrees in their fields. At CUA, you will find a supportive and friendly learning environment where students experience personal attention from dedicated faculty members and caring advisers who are committed to nurturing your potential for professional and personal success.

Quick Facts


School Name

The Catholic University of America

City

Washington

State

DC

General Information

Institutional Control

Private

Year Founded:

1887

Religious affiliation

Catholic

Academic Calendar

Online classes are 8 weeks long

Accreditation:

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education

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Majors/Programs
Online Master of Science in Management

Management skills don’t automatically come with a promotion. Develop your ability to lead employees, teams, organizations and projects with Catholic University’s online Master of Science in Management (M.S.M.) degree. This career-oriented program is designed to give you the practical expertise that managers need in the real world.

The core curriculum of the Master of Science in Management focuses on communication, strategy, employee behavior, decision-making, and project management to build a strong foundation for your career now and in the future, whether you work in a corporate, non-profit, or government organization.

Four specializations give you the option to customize your studies based on your personal interests and career goals.

Online Master of Arts in Human Resource Management

This comprehensive degree program will help prepare you to assume a leadership role in the human resource function of an organization. Developed with the input of senior HR executives, the career-oriented curriculum offers coursework in all of the main functional areas of human resources, coupled with broad contextual courses such as organizational behavior and leadership, to provide the high-level perspective and planning skills you need to steer an organization to success.

Coursework also prepares students for the Society for Human Resource Management’s Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certifications, credentials that employers recognize and value.

Choose to specialize as a Human Resource Generalist or in Federal Human Resource Management.

Online Master of Social Work

Leave a lasting impact through clinical social work.

Gain the credentials to facilitate social change. The online Master of Social Work (MSW) from The Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) helps you gain the knowledge and skills to leave your legacy and prepares you to obtain your license in clinical social work practice.

This values-based degree uses a comprehensive, demanding curriculum that utilizes theory in all written assignments and readies you for real-world application after graduation.

Although an undergraduate degree in social work is not required to apply, a true desire to serve all people is necessary when considering our MSW program. This clinical MSW concentration prepares you for a wide range of professional roles including:

Online Master of Science in Nursing

Create a more fulfilling nursing career with an online M.S.N. from The Catholic University of America. Catholic is a respected, established institution with 77 years of experience in nursing education. Study an advanced practice nursing curriculum that challenges you to deliver the best care possible, learn from experienced faculty members who care about your accomplishments and gain the ethical perspective to make a difference in health care today. Plus, it’s all in a flexible online format that works with nurses’ busy schedules.

The online Master of Science in Nursing meets the standards for Nurse Practitioner education as established by national nursing organizations to prepare students for certification and licensure as Family Nurse Practitioners. Core courses cover the essentials of advanced practice nursing in depth, such as:

The program also provides courses and clinical experiences to prepare comprehensive primary care providers for individuals across the lifespan.

    Family Nurse Practitioner Track

    Prepare for a growing role in advanced practice nursing with the Family Nurse Practitioner track. FNPs provide primary care to children, adults and families in clinics, private practices, in the community, and other health care settings. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national Family Nurse Practitioner exams administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners ( AANP)

    Coursework focuses on primary care to individuals and families across the lifespan. Selected courses include:

    Coursework meets the curriculum guidelines and requirements of the:

**The Catholic University of America is currently not accepting applications for the Online MSN FNP program from people residing in Washington DC, Maryland, and some counties in

   Northern Virginia including Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudon.CUA’s School of Nursing serves those residing in these locations with our campus-based MSN FNP program.

   This on-site program is tailored to the needs of working nurses, with classes generally scheduled one day/week.**

Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

From the patient room to the boardroom, the nursing field is under pressure to produce leaders who can create and implement strategies for more efficient health care delivery and successful patient outcomes. Become one of them with this online CCNE-accredited program at The Catholic University of America, where you’ll find an engaging learning environment, enthusiastic professors committed to helping you thrive; a curriculum that emphasizes the role of ethics, values and spirituality in health care; and a community of faculty, staff and students from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds.

You’ll learn to translate research into reality, using your skills to improve systems for health care delivery. These abilities will help you forge a path to advanced and executive nursing roles. The program covers topics including:

You can tailor your studies to your specific areas of professional interest through a project-based dissertation completed under the guidance of supportive faculty members, resulting in a professional portfolio to show to potential employers.

A B.S.N. to D.N.P. option is also available for nurses without a master’s in Nursing.

The American Association of Colleges of Nurses recognizes the D.N.P. as a degree that shows the ability to manage the interdisciplinary responsibilities of advanced practice nursing. Make sure you earn such an important credential at a school that’s truly invested in your success—earn it at Catholic University.

Discover Tomorrow’s Health Care Solutions Today

Nursing needs researchers who can effectively produce, analyze and implement findings promoting better patient care and outcomes. The online Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing at The Catholic University of America focuses on the clinical aspect of nursing to train the next generation of nurse scientists who will continue to pursue scholarship and innovation in the field.

This program emphasizes the research skills needed to work in the highest levels of nursing research, practice and education. Coursework is research-intensive, with studies in:

As a part of the program, you will complete dissertation research exploring an aspect of patient care issues that you choose according to your professional goals and interests. During the entire process—both research and writing--you’ll have access to support and guidance from faculty members who are committed to helping you and keeping you on track.

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