The Catholic University of America

Dean's Welcome

Greetings and welcome to the National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America!    Our values of justice, charity and service are directly derived Dean Rainfordfrom Catholic Social Teaching and the values of the profession of social work.  Here you will find people from diverse faiths, cultures and experiences respected, regarded, and celebrated as unique individuals whose gifts are vital to the common good of our school.  | Read more 

Programs within NCSSS


The National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) offers one undergraduate and two graduate degree programs. The Bachelor of Social Work program prepares students for a rewarding career in generalist social work practice. The Master of Social Work program provides students with the knowledge and skill to become advanced social work practitioners. The Ph.D. in Social Work prepares social work professionals for research, teaching, and leadership. In partnership with the Columbus School of Law, NCSSS and the law school offer a dual degree program in which students may obtain both a Juris Doctor (JD) degree and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. |Read more

Admission Requirements

studentsNCSSS offers the BSW, MSW, and PhD programs. In partnership with the Columbus School of Law, a dual degree program is offered where students may complete both a JD and a MSW program. Application requirements vary by program. Please follow the links below to read the requirements for the program of interest to you | Click here

Financial Aid

studentsThe Catholic University of America has scholarships, stipends, and loans available for undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants to NCSSS may contact the school’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (202-319-5496) for information about financial assistance. All applicants should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the CUA Office of Financial Aid for federal loan and need-based financial assistance.

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Social Work at Catholic

The Catholic University of America expresses its Catholic Identity through the actualization of Catholic Social Teaching in the National Catholic School of Social Service.  In their coursework and field practicum, students of social work are formed by Catholic Social Teaching as they develop into professional leaders who serve society through charity and social justice in their social work practice. The faculty of NCSSS serve as strong role models in living the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching through their excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service.   | More




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