The Politics Department of The Catholic University of America offers a unique program leading to a Master of Arts degree in Congressional and Presidential Studies (CAPS). The Department also offers a Graduate Certificate in CAPS which requires fewer courses.  Balancing academic analyses and practical experience, the curriculum meets the career and informational needs of congressional staff, interest group representatives, journalists, Executive branch employees, diplomatic staff and others interested in the political and policy processes of the United States government. Those who wish to pursue higher academic degrees will find this program a strong foundation.

With unrivaled access to the Capitol and the federal government, the CAPS Program is designed for the working professional: maximum flexibility for the student combined with a wide range of course offerings. Classes are conducted in the early evening at the Hall of States near Capitol Hill and Union Station. Small class size facilitates student interchange with each other and with the instructor. The program provides an instructional blend of both highly respected faculty of the Department of Politics with very successful individuals who have a wealth of practical experience in their fields. All have earned doctoral degrees from distinguished American universities. The students, many of whom are already actively involved in congressional and presidential endeavors, are drawn from a wide-range of academic and experiential backgrounds which greatly enhances the learning experience. The CAPS program is semester based (Fall and Spring), and includes summer sessions.


Eligibility for admission to the program is based on having attained a Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution and a demonstration of the potential to successfully study at the graduate level. GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores must be received by the university before your application will be considered. Complete application requirements and procedures as well as information on tuition and fees are detailed on the University's Graduate Admissions website.  Applications may be filed on-line and, in accordance with CUA's rolling admission policy, at any time.

Admission is by letter from the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, School of Arts and Sciences.
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