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New Handbooks for Dissertation and Thesis Writing

The 2015-2016 editions of the Doctoral Dissertation and Master's and Licentiate Thesis handbooks have been finalized and uploaded. These handbooks replace all previous editions, and must be used for all dissertation and thesis submissions starting this Fall 2015 semester.

Graduate Intern Program of the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) seeks qualified graduate students for its fall internship program. OSSE plays a unique and dynamic role in the education reform landscape of the District of Columbia. Created in 2007 through legislation that placed DC schools under the control of the Mayor, OSSE is designed to serve various state-level functions, like administering federal grants to local education agencies, setting statewide policies for District schools, collecting student data and exercising accountability, and providing educational resources and support, among other functions. As a relatively new agency evolving quickly to advance urgently needed reforms, OSSE offers an exciting and fast-paced environment for aspiring education leaders to hone their skills and grow their knowledge about education policy and administration.

For more information, please click here to read the program flyer from the OSSE.

Job Posting: Campus Ministry

Position Description

The Graduate Assistant for Retreats and Men's Ministry will work with the Associate Campus Ministers for Men’s Ministry AND Faith Formation. This person will assist with the various tasks (preparation and logistics) required for the numerous retreats offered through campus ministry. In addition, this person will assist with the training of student leadership teams for various faith based.

Position Requirements

Candidates should have experience managing large and small scale programs, great communication skills (oral and written), organizational skills, good initiative, and creativity. Candidates will also be responsible for nurturing a “culture of encounter” among student leaders. Serving as coordinator for Campus Ministry Retreat programs includes, but is not limited to:

  • Communication with various sites to confirm schedules, activities, number of retreatants, future contracts.
  • Communication with transportation company to confirm buses, passenger numbers, times of pickup.
  • Coordinating with Pastoral staff members in charge of various retreats to ascertain logistical needs.
  • Take inventory of medical kits, Retreat supplies.
  • Serve as resource for student leaders on retreat teams for advertising as needed.
  • Some nights and weekends.
  • Meet weekly/as needed with Associate Campus Minister for Men’s Ministry and Athletes for supervision.

Provide direct assistance to the Associate Campus Minister for Faith Formation, includes but not limited to:

  • Participate in RENEW events around the campus
  • Provide logistical assistance as needed for new initiatives for both Renew and Encounter
  • Promote the Confirmation Retreat Team in the parishes of the area and coordinate the dates for parishes together with the seminarian in charge of the ministry


Pay rate for this position is $12-17 per hour, approximately 19 hours per week. It is available to graduate students who qualify for federal work study funding (to determine if you apply, contact the Financial Aid office) for the academic year. You do not need federal work funds for the summer. This position is a part of the Campus Ministry office.

To apply, send a résumé and cover letter to Emmjolee Mendoza Waters at

If you have further questions, please contact:

Emmjolee Mendoza Waters
Associate Campus Minister for Community Service

Job Posting: Architecture Graduates

Leuterio Thomas LLC, a provider of architectural and structural engineering services in Prince George’s County, is currently seeking qualified candidates to fill positions as an Architect Intern (Level I) and Architect (Level II).

Please see the attached flyer and announcement for further details.

NORC/SED Interviews

NORC is recruiting research doctorate candidates who are nearing graduation (i.e., graduating by December 2015) to participate in a confidential cognitive interview that will discuss the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) questionnaire. During the interview, participants will be asked to “think aloud” as they fill out the questionnaire and respond to questions. NORC is hoping to get valuable feedback from doctoral students so that we can better understand how students respond to the questionnaire.

This round of cognitive interviews is scheduled to take place in July and August 2015 during regular business hours at NORC’s Bethesda office (4350 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814). The session will last no more than 60 minutes, and students only need to participate in one session. Each participant will be paid $40.00 upon completion of the cognitive interview.

Any CUA doctoral students who fit the above criteria and are willing to assist are asked to contact NORC at A flyer announcing this opportunity is also available here.

Housing Services Announces On-Campus Housing Space for Graduate Students

Housing Services has announced that, based on current housing demand, The University will have on-campus housing for graduate and law students next year. Available spaces will include single and double rooms in Caldwell Hall (male) and Seton Wing (female).

Interested students should visit the Housing Services website at for more information, including instructions on how to apply.

Scholarship and Research Opportunities

A comprehensive listed of current scholarship and research opportunities can be found in the Funding and Research Opportunities section of the Graduate Studies website. 

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CUA News and Current Events (Summer 2015)

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

CUA Ranked Top Catholic Social Work School (July 7, 2015): The National Catholic School of Social Service has been rated the top Catholic school of social work in the nation.

CUA Honored with Catholic Press Awards (July 7, 2015): Catholic University received eight awards from the Catholic Press Association.

CUA to Host Conference on Human Trafficking (July 7, 2015): Catholic University's school of social work, together with Catholic Charities and the USCCB, will address the problem of human trafficking.

Archdiocese Announces Pope's Visit to DC (June 30, 2015): The Vatican today announced the confirmed schedule for Pope Francis’s apostolic visit to the United States this September, which includes a stop in Washington, D.C.

Conference on Syriac-Christian Culture (June 16, 2015): On June 21 through 24, The Catholic University of America will host The Seventh North American Syriac Symposium.

Conference Celebrates Interreligious Friendship (June 4, 2015): Representatives from three of the world’s major religions came together for a conference celebrating interreligious friendship and dialogue.

Andrew Abela Named Catholic University Provost (June 2, 2015): President John Garvey has announced that he has appointed Andrew V. Abela as the new University Provost, effective June 3.

University Hires VP for Enrollment Management (May 20, 2015): President John Garvey announced today that the University has hired Christopher P. Lydon as the new Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing, effective June 22.

CUA News from the Spring 2015 Semester

Higgins Clark to Graduates: Find Your Gift (May 16, 2015): Best-selling suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark addressed the Class of 2015 during the 126th Annual Commencement Ceremony May 16.

University Hires VP for Advancement (May 11, 2015)President John Garvey announced today that the University has hired Scott P. Rembold as the new Vice President for University Advancement, effective June 24.

CUA to Confer 1,850 Degrees at Commencement (May 11, 2015): Catholic University will confer approximately 1,850 degrees during its 126th Annual Commencement Ceremony.

Faculty Honored at Spring Luncheon (May 7, 2015): Three faculty members were honored for their achievements in research and creative arts during the Spring Faculty Luncheon.

IPR Fellows to Discuss Recently Published Books (April 30, 2015): Highlighted books will cover topics ranging from minority party politics in Congress, American Catholic life and education, bilingual education, and health care management.

Cardinals Dinner Raises Scholarship Funds (April 28, 2015)America’s Catholic cardinals gathered in St. Louis on April 24, raising more than $1.1 million for college scholarships at the 26th American Cardinals Dinner.

Catholic Historical Review Celebrates 100 Years (April 21, 2015)The Catholic Historical Review was founded at CUA in April 1915. The well-respected journal is marking its 100th anniversary.

University Mourns Passing of Cardinal George (April 17, 2015)The Catholic University of America is mourning the passing of its distinguished alumnus and former longtime trustee Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I.

Classroom Dedicated to Fulton Sheen (April 17, 2015): McMahon 112 is dedicated to the former philosophy professor during the University's Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Week.

Panel to Discuss the "Founding Padres" (April 10, 2015)A panel of historians will consider how three missionary priests helped shape the United States during a discussion panel April 22.

Nursing School Faculty Receive Honor (April 10, 2015): Two nursing professors have been accepted as American Association for Nurse Practitioners (AANP) fellows.

Of Guillotines and Girl Power (April 10, 2015)The Department of Drama presents “The Revolutionists,” a new play by Lauren Gunderson, exploring feminism, violence, and the French Revolution.

Catholic University to Honor Archbishop Sheen (April 8, 2015): In March and April, CUA will celebrate Archbishop Sheen, a Catholic University alumnus and longtime theology and philosophy professor.

Mary Higgins Clark to Address 2015 Graduates (March 31, 2015): Mary Higgins Clark, best-selling author and suspense novelist, will address the Class of 2015 at the 126th Annual Commencement Ceremony of The Catholic University of America on May 16.

Drama Department to Revive Traditional Play (March 30, 2015): The Drama Department will present The Annunciation, a modernization of the medieval Wakefield Play, in partnership with the "Picturing Mary" exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Taking a Collection into the Digital Age (March 26, 2015): Items from the Oliveira Lima Library were recently digitized to make the items in the collection widely available to researchers.

Female Engineering Students Find Support (March 25, 2015): A new generation of female engineers is learning to hold their own in a historically male-dominated field.

Conference Explores Marian Themes (March 25, 2015): The University's recent Graduate Student Conference on Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea explored the influence of the Blessed Mother.

University Hosts Astrophysics Seminar (March 25, 2015): Carl Sagan Medal honoree Brother Guy Consolmagno was among the speakers during a recent Vatican Observatory Foundation Seminar.

Music School to Present Kennedy Center Concert (March 23, 2015): The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will hold a 50th Anniversary Gala Performance April 12.

Conference to Commemorate Nostra Aetate (March 18, 2015): Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim scholars and leaders will to commemorate the legacy of Nostra Aetate, Vatican II’s declaration on non-Christian religions.

Irish Culture Thrives at CUA (March 13, 2015): At Catholic University, students can explore their interest in Irish culture through student organizations, certificate programs, classes, and study abroad programs.

Rigoletto: Verdi Masterpiece at Hartke Theatre (March 11, 2015): Catholic University’s production of Rigoletto March 19 through 22 promises “an intimacy and immediacy” not found at larger venues in the D.C. area.

Sanctity and Morality in the Public Square (March 9, 2015): Renowned scholar Joseph Weiler will speak on “Sanctity and Morality in the Public Square” and will be presented with an honorary degree.

Conference to Feature Renowned Marian Scholar (March 9, 2015): A graduate student conference on the Blessed Virgin Mary and her influence through time will feature a keynote address by renowned medieval historian medieval historian Miri Rubin.

Engineering Professor Receives $500,000 Grant (March 9, 2015): Dr. Sang Wook Lee was recently named a recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award.

Cardinal Tagle Says "Encounter People" (March 3, 2015): Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, a Catholic University alumnus, returned to campus Monday, March 2, to deliver the annual Cardinal Dearden Lecture. He spoke on the 50th anniversary of Gaudium et Spes.

The Synods on the Family and the New Evangelization (March 2, 2015): Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, archbishop of Louisville, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and a participant in the Synod of Bishops on the Family; and Dr. John Grabowski, associate professor and director of moral theology/ethics at CUA and a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family, will participate.

Recycle and Reuse, Earn Gift Cards (February 18, 2015): CUA is one of nearly 400 universities participating in the annual RecycleMania competition, which runs through March 28.

Bishop Flores to Speak on Immigration (February 13, 2015): Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores, bishop of Brownsville, Texas, will give a talk titled “Immigration as a Theological Paradigm for Faith and Social Justice.”

Alumni Nominated for Helen Hayes Awards (February 12, 2015): A number of Catholic University students and alumni from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and the Department of Drama in the School of Arts and Sciences have received nominations for the 2015 Helen Hayes Awards for their performances and work in Washington, D.C.-area productions.

Catholic University to Honor Archbishop Sheen (February 9, 2015): In March and April, CUA will celebrate Archbishop Sheen, a Catholic University alumnus and longtime theology and philosophy professor.

Music School to Perform at Little Flower Church (February 6, 2015): The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will present two events this semester at the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, Md., as part of its 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Stephen Schwartz Revue to Premiere at CUA (February 3, 2015): Musical theatre students will explore the material of one of today’s most well-known composers and lyricists this month as Unlimited: The Music and Lyrics of Stephen Schwartz, makes its premiere at The Catholic University of America.

Student-Written Plays to Premiere at Hartke (January 30, 2015): Knights and sword fights, fantastical characters, and real-life relationship struggles are just a few of the topics to be explored on stage as two original student-written plays premiere at Hartke Theatre in February.

President to Discuss Faith-Based Higher Education (January 30, 2015): The Catholic University of America President John Garvey and two other university presidents will discuss “The State of Higher Education and the Calling of Faith-based Universities” at the National Press Club on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Rome Center Signing Marks 3-Continent Venture (January 30, 2015): Seated next to his counterpart from the Australian Catholic University, The Catholic University of America President John Garvey noted the “three-continent endeavor” that had brought them to a signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding on a shared Rome Center.

Aquinas Mass Honors University Patron (January 27, 2015): Members of the University gathered January 27 for the University's Annual Mass in Honor of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Business School Receives $3 Million (January 22, 2015): Catholic University’s School of Business and Economics has received a commitment of up to $3 million from the Charles Koch Foundation ($1,750,000), the Busch Family Foundation ($500,000), and three business leaders (each contributing $250,000).

Campus Ministry Announces Graduate Events for the Spring 2015 Semester (January 7, 2015): 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 semester. Highlighted in the month of January are the online retreat and "Welcome Back" dinner. The Graduate Faith Community begins again thsi February. For further information, feel free to contact Sr. Ruth at or by phone at 202-319-6579.

Students can also click here for press releases, announcements, and graduate studies events for the 2014 calendar year.

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