By making the decision to embark on graduate study, you’ve decided that your profession is a life’s calling and you want to be the very best at it. Catholic University treasures its graduate students. We were founded in 1887 as the first Catholic graduate research institution in the United States, and we haven’t forgotten our roots. Our graduate students make up just about half of our student population of more than 6,500.

Graduate students can study within 94 master’s degree programs and 40 doctoral programs in 12 schools. While the fields of study are unique and diverse, all graduate students at Catholic University have a common bond. They belong to a community of scholars who share a commitment to using their advanced knowledge and skills to serve humanity.

That’s why you will find our law students donating thousands of hours in the Columbus School of Law’s many pro bono legal clinics, and why you’ll find doctoral students in the Department of Biology’s Bacteriophage T4Lab working day and night as they move ever closer to discovering effective vaccines for complex infectious agents, and why our master’s students at the National Catholic School of Social Service are answering Pope Francis’s call to stop human trafficking by working to change policy and further a national dialogue.

A rich Catholic intellectual tradition informs all of the University’s graduate programs from philosophy to theology to physics to nursing. All of our graduate students work closely with faculty mentors who model the belief that scholarship at the highest level, no matter the discipline, serves society.

Find out more about how you can join Catholic University’s community of graduate students, made up of scholars who, each in his or her own way, are dedicated to changing the world.

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    U.S. Students

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    International Students

    The Catholic University welcomes graduate applications from international students.

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    Law School Admission

    Studying law in the nation’s capital affords students the chance to experience numerous aspects of the legal profession.

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    Graduate Programs

    As one of the original graduate schools in the United States, The Catholic University of America possesses a rich legacy of discovery and academic accomplishment in advanced scholarship. The University offers diverse graduate programs in all 12 of its schools.

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The D.C. Advantage

Catholic University, located in the heart of Washington, D.C., offers unparalleled opportunities for students. The seat of government of the world’s most influential nation is a magnet for businesses, foundations, aid agencies, science and technology centers, think tanks, charities, research institutes, cultural organizations, and policy advocates.