Congressional and Presidential Studies, M.A. | Catholic University of America | Washington, D. C., United States
12 months
52190 USD/year
52190 USD/year
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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.


With unrivaled access to the Capitol and the federal government, the Congressional and Presidential Studies Program from Catholic University of America 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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Religion and International Politics
  • Counter-intelligence: A Wilderness of Mirrors
  • Congressional Internship
  • Washington Internship
  • Independent Study: Master's Thesis
  • Independent Study

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Every International applicant needs to return a completed application.
  • Submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Payment must be in the form of a check or money order payable in U.S. currency to The Catholic University of America.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency
  • Submit confirmation of financial support
  • Submit secondary school report with translated transcripts
  • Receive your admission packet with visa information
  • Secondary School Report
  • Official/Attested Copy of Transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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