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Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Announcements

2014-2015 Graduate Announcements

The 2014-2015 edition of The Catholic University of America Graduate Announcements has been published, and is available by clicking hereThe Graduate Announcements govern graduate studies at The Catholic University of America, and all graduate students should be familiar with these requirements.

Survey of Earned Doctorates

The Survey of Earned Doctorates has now moved to a fully-online system. All students, as the last part of their doctoral deposit process, must complete the SED at This is a requirement for graduation from CUA, and must be completed. If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Studies office.

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Campus Ministry Announces Graduate Events for 2014-2015 Academic Year

Sister Ruth A. Harkins, IHM, the Associate Campus Minister for Graduate and Professional Students, has announced the schedule of events geared towards graduate students this upcoming academic year. For further information, feel free to contact Sr. Ruth at or by phone at 202-319-6579.

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CUA News and Happenings (Fall 2014 Semester)

Graduate students can always keep up with events of campus by visiting Home@CUA and Inside CUA.

Picturing Mary Exhibit Opens (December 12, 2014): Picturing Mary, a landmark art exhibit, opens in Washington, D.C., with support from CUA.

Events to Usher in Christmas Season (November 21, 2014): The Catholic University of America will celebrate the season with holiday events that take place over the course of the next month.

Christmas Concert to Benefit Bethlehem Hospital (November 17, 2014): The 25th Annual Christmas Concert will benefit the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation.

Professor Named Pryzbyla Endowed Chair (November 13, 2014): Dr. Brian Engelland, associate dean and professor of marketing in the School of Business and Economics, has been named the first-ever Edward J. Pryzbyla Chair of Business and Economics.

School of Theology and Religious Studies Hosts Talks by Two Cardinals (November 10, 2014): The School of Theology and Religious Studies hosted separate talks by Cardinal Gerhard Müller and Cardinal Walter Kasper.

Three Professors Honored For Excellence (November 6, 2014): Three professors were honored Oct. 29 at the University's Annual Teaching Awards Ceremony and Reception.

Architecture Programs Ranked 15th (October 30, 2014): The School of Architecture and Planning’s Master’s in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) program was named the 15th best small program of its kind in the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs, 4th Edition.

Walter Cardinal Kasper to Speak on Campus (October 24, 2014): On Thursday, November 6 at 4:30 p.m., in Caldwell Auditorium, Walter Cardinal Kasper, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, will speak on “Theological background of the ecclesiological and ecumenical vision of Pope Francis.”

Gerhard Cardinal Müller to Speak on Campus (October 24, 2014): Gerhard Cardinal Müller will speak Monday, November 3, 2014 on the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. His lecture, “Donum Veritatis: The Contribution of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the Theological Enterprise,” will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Caldwell Auditorium.

CUA Collection on Display at Smithsonian (October 17, 2014): Eleven items from Catholic University’s Semitics/ICOR (Institute of Christian Oriental Research) Library have been loaned to the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

STRS Receives Grant for Scientific Study (October 9, 2014): The School of Theology and Religious Studies was one of 10 Christian institutions awarded “Science for Seminaries” grants from the American Association for the Advancement of Science this week.

Graduate Student Receives Award (October 8, 2014): Indira Henard, a social work graduate student, received an award for her work on legislation helping sexual assault victims.

Renowned Pianists to Perform During Series (October 8, 2014): For the third consecutive season, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will play host to world-renowned pianists for performances and master classes during the Washington International Piano Series at CUA.

Music Faculty to Perform During Piano Series (October 1, 2014): The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Sharon Christman, soprano, and Ivo Kaltchev, piano.

Student Plays Produced at Other Universities (October 1, 2014): Students in the M.F.A. playwriting program are seeing their original plays performed at college campuses in Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

CUA Hosts International Canon Law Congress (September 26, 2014): CUA's School of Canon Law hosted the International Congress of Canon Law in September.

Alumnus Named New Archbishop of Chicago (September 20, 2014): Pope Francis has named Most Rev. Blase Cupich, bishop of Spokane, to be the new archbishop of Chicago. He will succeed Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I.

Fall Philosophy Lecture Series (September 19, 2014): The Catholic University of America School of Philosophy presents its 47th annual Fall Lecture Series, which this year explores the theme Music and Philosophy.

Professor Honored by University of Dayton (September 18, 2014): Philosophy Professor Thérèse-Anne Druart was recently honored by the University of Dayton with its 2014 Marianist Award.

Canadian Bishop Visits School of Engineering (September 16, 2014): The School of Engineering honors Bishop Vincent Nguyen of Toronto during a special lunch Sept. 8.

Crough Center LEED EB: O+M Certified (September 16, 2014): Faculty, staff, students, and administrators gathered Monday, Sept. 15 to acknowledge the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies being designated LEED Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EB: O+M) certified.

A New Look for Hartke After Renovations (September 9, 2014): Members of the University community will enjoy a more comfortable theatre experience this semester, thanks to the many renovations and updates recently completed at Hartke Theatre.

Campus Ministry Offers New App (September 5, 2014): The Office of Campus Ministry at The Catholic University of America launched a new app last month.

Cardinal Calls for Solidarity at CUA Mass (August 29, 2014): Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, gave an impassioned plea to speak up for those being persecuted, tortured, and killed for their religious beliefs in Iraq and Syria.

Students Called to Action During Holy Spirit Mass (August 28, 2014): The Catholic University of America community received a message of inspiration and solidarity during the Mass of the Holy Spirit Aug. 28.

Recent CUA News and Happenings (Summer 2014)

New Bookstore Opens on Monroe Street (July 28, 2014): Approximately 100 people gathered on the sidewalk of Monroe Street on the morning of Monday, July 28, to witness the opening of one of the anchor stores of Monroe Street Market — Barnes & Noble at The Catholic University of America.

Theology Professor Receives Award (June 27, 2014): Rev. John T. Ford, C.S.C., professor of theology and religious studies, has been honored with the Paul Wattson Christian Unity Award.

National Symphony Orchestra to Perform at CUA (June 26, 2014): The National Symphony Orchestra will take its 2015 NSO In Your Neighborhood series to Brookland, with a special performance at CUA's Hartke Theatre on January 12, 2015.

University Archives Increases Online Access (June 26, 2014): New digital content is now available online from three archive collections: Young Catholic Messenger, Msgr. Joseph Fenton, and Iturbide-Kearney.

Summer Exhibits at Mullen Library (June 25, 2014): The John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library is hosting two exhibits on display this summer.

U.S. Cardinals Raise $2.1 Million for Scholarships (June 2, 2014): Eight U.S. Catholic cardinals and 750 guests gathered in New York City on Friday, May 30, for the 25th American Cardinals Dinner, held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

University Recognized for Tree Management (May 28, 2014): The Catholic University of America has been recognized as a 2013 Tree Campus by the Arbor Day Foundation — the third consecutive year the campus has earned the distinction.

Music School to Present Piano Festival (May 21, 2014): The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America will present the Washington International Piano Festival July 27 to August 3.

Recent CUA News and Happenings (Spring 2014 Semester)

Philip Rivers to Graduates: Put Your Faith First (May 17, 2014): San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers addresses graduates during the 125th Annual Commencement Ceremony.

Cardinal Tagle Urges Graduates to Find their Place (May 17, 2014): At the Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2014, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, urged the graduates to find the place Jesus has prepared for them in life.

Retiring Faculty Honored at Spring Luncheon (May 8, 2014): Retiring faculty members with an accumulated 177 years of service to The Catholic University of America were honored during a luncheon May 6.

CUA Drama Takes Shakespeare On The Road (May 2, 2014): Drama students perform Shakespeare for middle and high school students during a five-week tour of local schools.

Professors Honored for Research and Scholarship (April 24, 2014): Three faculty members were honored April 23 by The Catholic University of America for their achievements at the 2014 Research and Scholarship Awards.

Four Alumni Honored With Helen Hayes Awards (April 23, 2014): Several Catholic University alumni from the Department of Drama and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music were honored for their work in Washington, D.C.-area productions during the 30th Annual Helen Hayes Awards, which took place April 21 at the National Building Museum.

CUA Recognized in Green Power Challenge (April 22, 2014): The Catholic University of America was recognized April 22 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a 2013-2014 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge.

25th American Cardinals Dinner Preview (April 22, 2014): America’s Catholic cardinals will gather in New York City on Friday, May 30, to raise money for college scholarships at the 25th American Cardinals Dinner, to be held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Retired Four-Star General Lectures at Business School (April 8, 2014): Gen. Stanley McChrystal, retired four-star general and former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Force and Joint Special Operations Command, will deliver the lecture “Crosslead: Adapting Organically” on April 15 as part of the School of Business and Economics’ SuperCurriculum lecture series.

Lecture to Focus on Origins of the Universe (March 24, 2014): The 33rd Annual Karl Herzfeld Memorial Lecture will feature John C. Mather, 2006 Nobel laureate in physics.

Cardinal Burke Draws Large Crowd (March 21, 2014): A crowd of nearly 250 turned out to hear Raymond Cardinal Burke deliver the Provost Lecture at CUA.

Professor Awarded Research Fellowship (March 20, 2014): Tobias Gregory, associate professor of English, has been awarded a research fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Professors Publish Catechism for Business (March 17, 2014): Book presents the teachings of the Catholic Church as they relate to more than 100 specific and challenging moral questions.

Sacred Space in Ireland Film Premiere (March 14, 2014): The School of Architecture and Planning presents a documentary about the 2013 design-build project completed in Ireland by the Spirit of Place/Spirit of Design program.

ALA President to Deliver Stone Lecture (March 12, 2014): Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association, will deliver the Department of Library and Information Science’s 24th Annual Elizabeth W. Stone Lecture.

CUA Introduces New Master in Catechesis (March 11, 2014): Beginning this summer, the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., will offer a new academic program, the Master of Catechesis.

Cardinal Yearbook Collection Now Online (March 5, 2014): University Archives has launched an online finding aid for CUA’s collection of the Cardinal Yearbook. Some yearbooks are available fully online.

Vocal Students to Perform "Don Giovanni" (February 25, 2014): Students at Catholic University's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will bring a musical masterpiece to Hartke Theatre as they perform their spring opera, "Don Giovanni," March 20 through 23.

International Week to Highlight Diversity (February 24, 2014)The Center for Global Education honors the cultural diversity of CUA students during International Week, which runs from Monday, Feb. 24, to Saturday, March. 1.

Engineering Professor Awarded Fulbright (February 20, 2014): Jandro Abot, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to do research in nanotechnology in Brazil.

Philip Rivers to Address 2014 Graduates (February 11, 2014): Philip Rivers, Pro Bowl quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, will address the Class of 2014 at the 125th Annual Commencement Ceremony of The Catholic University of America on May 17.

CUA Drama to Present "Etiology" (February 7, 2014): "Etiology", an M.F.A. playwriting thesis by Teri Gillmor, will premiere this month.

VSL Process Repurposes Old Technology (February 4, 2014): The Vitreous State Laboratory has developed a process to repurpose old televisions and computers into ceramic tiles.

New Philippine Cardinal Has Ties to University (January 23, 2014): Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, O.M.I., will become the second cardinal in the Philippines who was educated at The Catholic University of America.

CUA Participates in March for Life (January 22, 2014): Bundled in coats and scarves, CUA students attend a rally at Caldwell Hall before traveling to the March for Life.

Lecture on Religion and Public Life (January 17, 2014): The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies presents a Brown Bag Lecture by Joshua DuBois, former executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Professor Honored with Teaching Award (January 15, 2014): Renate Chancellor will be presented with the Award for Teaching Excellence from the Association for Library and Information Science Education.

CUA to Participate in March for Life (January 15, 2014): On Jan. 22, Catholic University students will join tens of thousands of people in the 41st Annual March for Life.

Provost Visits Israel with Other University Provosts (January 6, 2014): James Brennan, provost of The Catholic University of America, is spending a week in Israel as a member of a delegation of nine provosts from American universities.

Contact Information

Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
116 McMahon Hall
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20064
Main Phone: (202) 319-5247
Fax: (202) 319-6174