The Catholic University of America

Welcome from the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies

As one of the original graduate schools in the United States, The Catholic University of America has built on this rich legacy of discovery and now offers diverse graduate programs of study in all twelve of its schools. Indeed, graduate education is and always has been a key element of CUA's mission. This is reflected in our student population with almost half being comprised of graduate students.

Our program offerings exhibit extraordinary breadth, spanning the disciplines from the humanities, sciences, engineering, social sciences, arts, professions, and ecclesiastical programs, some of which are unique only to this university. As a community of scholars, CUA fosters a culture of collaboration between students and the faculty. With this collaboration as a touchstone, faculty members and students embrace the search for excellence in discovery that cultivates creativity while encouraging intellectual growth.

CUA's location in The District of Columbia provides our school with access to extraordinary resources that augment our own. We are among the thirteen universities and two colleges in the area that comprise the Consortium of Universities. It is a powerful force for the advancement of higher education in and around the nation's capital. As noted on its web site, "as an intellectual resource, the Consortium is unsurpassed." It has a combined library holdings that contain over ten million volumes along with many other materials central to scholarly research.

Consider this site to also be a resource. It is a repository of information for things "graduate" - a place where you can find forms, policies, procedures, news, and other information relating to graduate studies. CUA is a place where scholarship, innovation and collaboration merge to create new knowledge. I know that you will find CUA an exciting and suppoprtive environment for pursuing your graduate studies and personal goals.

Dr. James J. Greene
Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies


Dean Greene received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester. He then received a doctorate in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University working on the regulation of interferon production. He continued at Johns Hopkins to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in cell biology while studying the effects of interferon on cell proliferation.

Dean Greene joined the faculty at The Catholic University of America in 1982 where he is now Professor of Biology. While at The Catholic University of America, he continued his studies on the mechanism by which interferon can regulate cell division, being among the first to use DNA microarrays for gene expression analysis in the mid 1980's. His current research is directed towards understanding how the redox state can serve as a signaling mechanism in the regulation of genes, particularly those involved in cell death such as that occurring in Alzheimer's disease.

He has participated in several international education and scientific programs sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State. He is also the co-editor of the text Recombinant DNA: Principles and Methodologies (New York: Marcel Dekker, 1998). 

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