The Catholic University of America

Graduate Studies

The Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies works collaboratively with faculty and administrators from CUA's twelve schools to enhance the academic quality of graduate programs, and provides leadership and support to the University's graduate mission. 

The Graduate Studies office is responsible for issues regarding University registration, enrollment (and changes in enrollment), residency, and general regulations for masters, licentiate, and doctoral degree programs.

You can like the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies office on Facebook, follow Graduate Studies on Twitter, or read more about Graduate Studies on their website.

Academic Integrity

Academic honesty is one of the foundations of the educational mission and Catholic commitment of this University. Academic dishonesty, including such practices as cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication, undermines the learning experience, and, as it involves fraud and deceit, is corrosive of the intellectual principles and is inconsistent with the ethical standards of this University. Academic dishonesty damages the sense of trust and community among students, faculty, and administrators.

The University's Academic Integrity Policy sets forth the standards of honesty that student members of our academic community are expected to follow. The faculty is also bound to adhere to the strictest standards of academic honesty. All members of the academic community have an obligation to familiarize themselves with these standards and to conduct themselves to implementing these standards and to educating, staff, and students on the importance of academic honesty and on the application of these standards in a variety of academic settings.

Academic Leaves and Withdrawals 

Sometimes, graduate students in good standing at The Catholic University of America may find it necessary to take time away from their studies.

Because The Catholic University of America is a term-based credit-hour institution, it cannot offer a federally approved Leave of Absence (LOA) option. However, students may request to be placed on Academic Leave for a future semester.

The full University Change of Enrollment Policy can be in the Graduate Announcements, as well as on the University Policies website. A complete listing of the Academic Leave, Term Withdrawal, and Permanent Withdrawal options can also be found on the Graduate Studies website in our General InformationPolicies and Guidelines, and Graduate Studies FAQ sections.

However, graduate students may find the table on the Academic Leave and Withdrawals website helpful in deciding which of the three interruption of studies options best suit their individual needs.

The Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies strongly suggests to students contemplating interrupting their studies that they discuss these options with their adviser, department chair (where applicable), and school dean BEFORE submitting a leave or withdrawal request.

Course Registration and Course Grades

Near the middle of each fall and spring semester, students register online through Cardinal Students for courses they wish to take during following semester. Course offerings for each term can be viewed via the Class Search menu option in Cardinal Students

Students may access grades for all semesters through Cardinal Students.  If a student needs a hard copy of a grade report for a sponsor, employer, or for their personal records, the student may either print an unofficial transcript from Cardinal Students or request that an official transcript be generated. Official transcripts must be requested via Cardinal Students and can either be held for pick-up by the student in the Office of Enrollment Services or mailed directly to an address provided by the student. Transcript request options can be accessed from the drop-down menu in the Academics section of the Cardinal Students Student Center.

Funding and Research Opportunities for Graduate Students

The Catholic University of America offers a wide variety of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study appointments to new and continuing students at the graduate level. Federal funds are, by statute, awarded solely on the basis of financial need as determined by a federally approved needs analysis system. These funds are available to as many qualifying students as funding will allow.

For a list of available research, scholarship, and fellowship opportunities, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

The Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association of The Catholic University of America is dedicated to the academic, cultural, and professional development of all graduate students enrolled at CUA. As the official voice of graduate students, the Graduate Student Association responds to the needs and concerns of the graduate community and strives to improve the quality of education and life at the university, acting fully within the university’s mission statement and governing documents.

You can follow the Graduate Studies Association on Facebook or read more about the GSA on their website.

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