Catholic University National Catholic School of Social Service

  • DC

About Us

The National Catholic School of Social Services (NCSSS) at The Catholic University of America (CUA) offers an academically rigorous value-driven program that integrates the core values of the social work profession with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. The end result is a balanced combination of theory, history, and practice that is linked together and deeply grounded in the principles of social justice, human dignity, solidarity, subsidiarity, stewardship, and priority for the poor and vulnerable.

Students may select from 3 concentrations and 2 specializations in their advanced year of studies. The Clinical concentration prepares students for clinical social work practice. The Clinical concentration also provides students the opportunity to specialize in healthcare or working with military personnel, veterans, and military families. The Social Change concentration seeks to renew the social work profession’s longstanding and rich history of advocacy and social change by going back to the origins of macro level social work, which was pioneered by individuals such as Jane Addams during the Hull House movement of the early 20th century. The Combined concentrations offers students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skill in clinical and macro social work practice.

CUA prepares students to work for social justice and social change on the local, national, and international level in the realm of grassroots community organizing, policy advocacy, international social development, and social administration.

In addition to coursework, students are given the opportunity to operationalize the theories and practice strategies learned in the classroom through a diverse array of field placement options present in the D.C. Metro area. International social work experiences are avaialble through the International Program Associates initiative.

For more information about the program, visit our website at, or contact Ms. Aileen Worrell, director of admissions, 202-319-5496 or