The Catholic University of America (CUA) is unique in that we are the only national university of the Catholic Church in the United States and the sole higher education institution founded by the Catholic bishops of the United States. Founded in 1887 in Washington, D.C. as a center for graduate study, CUA has evolved into a modern American university, committed not only to graduate, but also to undergraduate and professional education. The University is dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, seeking to discover, preserve and impart truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation, and the world.
The Catholic University has more than 40 research centers, institutes, and interdisciplinary collaborative arrangements currently in place, and is home to approximately 7,000 students from 50 states and 85 countries. The University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and 97 percent of the full-time faculty have doctoral or terminal degrees in their fields. Our School of Social Work, National Catholic School of Social Service, is ranked #1 by Social Work Degree Guide’s 35 Best Value Christian Colleges with CSWE-accredited Programs.
Rankings and Awards
Ranked in the top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools of Social Work, 2017.
The University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Service’s program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE).
This clinical Master of Social Work (MSW) program paves your path to clinical practice and gives you the advanced knowledge and experience you need to fill professional roles that reach more people at a deeper level. When you attend the online MSW program at The Catholic University of America’s (CUA) National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS), you’ll be prepared pass your Licensed Graduate Social Work exam, the first step toward clinical social work licensure.
Our Advanced Standing option is offered in consideation of your previous education and experience. If you qualify, you’ll focus solely on the advanced curriculum and shorten the length of time it takes to obtain your MSW degree.
Students from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds choose CUA for its dedication to excellence in social work, and to join a legacy of professionals who answer a higher calling to help others in service to their church, community, and world. At CUA, you’ll learn alongside peers who hold similar values at home and at work, connect with mentors who lead you on your personal path of success, and bond with allies who support you in your educational journey.
Graduates are prepared to handle all aspects of clinical practice for individuals, families, couples, and groups while understanding policy and social services, community development, and administration.
Healthcare, substance abuse, and marriage and family social workers are projected to enjoy a 19 percent career-growth rate through 2024.
1. From the BLS.gov
Substance Abuse: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211023.htm
Marriage and Family: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm
Facts & Figures
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education
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