You might be surprised to learn that The Catholic University of America was founded as a graduate institution—and, in fact, today is designated by the Carnegie Foundation classification R2: Doctoral University - Higher research activity.
Whether you’re an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student, opportunities abound for you to participate in cutting-edge research projects in every program of study.
Our 12 schools and 22 research facilities attract world-class faculty, guests, speakers, visiting scholars as well as government, corporate, foundation, and non-profit financial support.
Catholic University faculty built the first scientific wind tunnel laboratory in the United States (1901) and a state-of-the-art chemistry lab (1913) that shaped research for decades. That pioneering spirit continues today in the work of faculty across disciplines.
Faculty in Catholic University’s Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences do groundbreaking research in partnership with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the fields of solar physics, astrophysics, and planetary science. Catholic University faculty like astronomer Duilia de Mello, for example, are using the deepest ultraviolet images taken with the Hubble Telescope to study the evolution of galaxies like the Milky Way. Knowing how such galaxies assembled will shed light on how Earth was formed.
Catholic University fills an important niche: doctoral programs in philosophy and social work that are among the nation’s oldest; the only university music school in Washington, D.C.; the largest architecture school in the area; and a law school that is a pioneer in clinical education.
The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) assists university inventors in commercializing and managing the patent activities resulting from discovered inventions.
The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services (OSP) helps faculty submit proposals to government and private sources for support of research and training, and provides ongoing administrative support.
The Catholic University of America Press publishes 35 to 40 books each year in theology, philosophy, literature, history, and political theory.
Catholic University is the only American university with ecclesiastical faculties granting canonical degrees in canon law, philosophy, and theology. Theological College, the University seminary, prepares men for the priesthood who come from many dioceses of the United States.