We're excited that you've decided to join the Master of Science in Business program, and welcome to the Class of 2023! We've outlined a general timeline and useful resources for you below.

Spring - Onboarding meetings with our Busch School Career Development team for students who have deposited and enrolled in the program. Meetings will take place throughout the spring and summer. 

Early to mid-Summer - Internship Search Strategy Zoom Sessions

Early June (rolling) - The Office of Financial Aid releases FAFSA decisions. See below to apply for FAFSA and Grad PLUS Loan.

Mid-July - Class registration and pre-class assignments are emailed to students.

Week of August 23-27 - Tentative MSB Orientation. Official dates will be announced later in the year. Orientation is mandatory for all students.

August 29 - First day of classes.

  • Program FAQs

    Is this a good time to do the MSB program?
    There is probably no better time to earn your graduate degree in business:
    • The economy and job market are still in flux, and finding a good paying, growth-oriented job is difficult today with a bachelor's degree.
    • Some businesses will look a little different when they return, and we will teach you the skills they are going to need.
    How will the program adapt to the current environment?
    First of all, let's remind ourselves of our three primary objectives:
    1. Providing you with the practical and current knowledge you need to open doors and be successful in a career
    2. Explore the many, many different kinds of opportunities available to you from large and small businesses, government agencies, not for profits, startups etc.
    3. Use our vast network to connect you with the right organizations and people as you find a potential career of interest
    There is no reason we will not satisfy these objectives in the coming year.
    Visiting companies in the DMV and New York area seems to be a major part of the program.  Will this still happen?
    Yes it will, and in a different manner but just as effective
    • While many companies will not be available or comfortable with a physical visit in the Fall, we are sure all will be excited to meet you.
    • The main purpose of these visits is to understand the business, acquaint you with the culture, and meet the players, including the hiring managers.
    • It is the business purpose and the people that are most important to you.
    What about networking events with alumni and companies?
    We plan to hold both in person and virtual events:
    • We will be inviting MSB alumni and local company representatives to campus or to schedule a local company visit.
    • Of course such events are always subject to regulations the DC Government has in place.
    • We are hopeful we can do live events as permitted.
    If I feel uncomfortable coming to class on a certain day due to illness or possible exposure, will I need a doctor's note?
    Absolutely NOT!
    • You are here because you have shown yourself to be mature, responsible adults, and our program treats you as such.
    • Our classes (let's get used to calling them business meetings now) can be live streamed so if you are up to it, you can join your teammates virtually.
    • Your teammates and professors will be sure you have access to assignments - most will be on your Blackboard syllabus.
    • We are asking you to be the "best teammates ever" and to take care of yourself and each other.
    Will the Universtiy require or offer COVID-19 testing?
    We suggest you follow Catholic University's COVID-19 Updates for all relevant, up to date information.
  • Admissions and Financial Aid


    Applications are still being accepted. Once you've been admitted, to join the program, accept our offer, view your decision letter in the application portal, and click "accept the offer" of admission. The next step is to submit the enrollment deposit. Once this is completed, we'll grant you access to the program's resources.

    Financial Aid

    Apply for the FAFSA here. A useful guide to walk you through the steps for graduate school can be found here. The Office of Financial Aid normally releases their decision in June and on a rolling basis afterwards.

    The Grad Plus Loan is a non-need based, low-interest loan made to graduate students. Students may borrow an amount up to the cost of attendance less any financial assistance. This can be helpful in covering the rest of the cost of tuition.

  • Steps After Depositing

    If you were admitted provisionally, contact your previous university's office of the registrar and ask them to email or mail a copy of your final, official transcripts to our Office of Graduate Admissions.
    Graduate Admissions Office
    Fr. O'Connell Hall
    620 Michigan Ave NE
    Washington, DC 20064
    Accepting Financial Aid:
    Immunization Records
  • Housing

    There are many areas to live around the campus and DC area. Catholic University is conveniently served by the Metro (specifically the Red Line) so access to and from campus is easy.  Some of the more popular areas are Brookland, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Friendship Heights, NoMa, H Street, Chevy Chase, Clarendon, and Hyattsville. All are metro accessible. There are also three apartment complexes within walking distance of campus. These are listed in order of convenience and price (higher).

    There are also resources available for on-campus and off-campus housing:

  • Internship Search

    After paying your enrollment deposit and officially joining the class, we'll be reaching out to you in early Spring to schedule your on-boarding meeting. This is an opportunity for you to improve your resume and discuss internship and career goals. You should try to update your resume and cover letter to reflect the guidelines. Students are not required to have an internship by the start of the program, and we will work with all students to acquire an internship. One of the important parts of the program is having an internship to get experience in business and help you develop good time management skills. Resources include:

    MSB Internship Strategy: Resume and Cover Letter
    We suggest that you use these resources as a jumping off point for your search. Your search, however, shouldn't be limited by what's in our sessions. 
  • Business Casual and Business Professional Attire

    Business Casual


    Business Professional


  • Register for Classes

    Class registration is now open!. Below is an example guide to register and the courses we're offering. Students should register for all classes:

  • Orientation

    Orientation will take place on August 23-26.

    • Orientation Day 1, August 23 - Athletic attire
    • Orientation Day 2, August 24 - Business Casual attire
    • Orientation Day 3, August 25 - Business Professional attire
    • Orientation Day 4, August 26 - Business Casual attire
  • Pre-Class Assignments

    Pre-class assignments will be will be posted in July. These assignments will serve as an introduction to the subject matter and allow students to familiarize themselves with the language and terms of these courses before the start of the school year.

    Create or update your LinkedIn account

  • Suggested Reading/Listening

    Students often ask how they should prepare for the program. We've compiled a list of books, publications, subscriptions, and podcasts to introduce you to the world of business:


    • Start with Why by Simon Sinek
    • Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
    • Straight from the Gut by Jack Welsh
    • Good to Great by Jim Collins
    • Great by Choice by Jim Collins
    • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
    • Playing to Win by A.G. Lafley
    • Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching by Andrew V. Abela and Joseph E. Capizzi
    • The Pope and the CEO by Andreas Widmer
    • Turn this Ship Around by L. David Marquet
    • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
    • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Pat Lencioni
    • Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by David Marquet




  • Catholic University Maps, Offices, and Mass Times


    All MSB classes take place in Maloney Hall, half a block from the Brookland Metro. Below are other general Catholic University resources:
  • Miscellaneous Resources

  • Recent MSB Success Stories

    As the class of 2020 begins to find their career paths, we'll continue to post their success stories.

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