We're excited that you've decided to join the Master of Science in Business program, and welcome to the Class of 2021! We've outlined the summer timeline and useful resources for you below.
ASAP - Onboarding meetings with Marykate Conroy. Meetings will take place throughout the summer. Sign up here.
July 13, 4:00 PM - Interviewing Strategy Zoom Session
July 15, 4:00 PM - Internship Search Strategy Zoom Session #2
July 15 - The program will send out pre-class assignments.
July 29, 4:00 PM - Internship Search Strategy Zoom Session #3
August 10, 4:00 PM - Internship Search Overview Zoom Session
August 12, 4:00 PM - Internship Search Strategy Zoom Session #4
August 17-20 - MSB Orientation. An official schedule will be shared in August.
August 24 - First day of classes.
Program FAQsIs this a good time to do the MSB program?There is probably no better time to earn your graduate degree in business:
How will the program adapt to the current environment?First of all, let's remind ourselves of our three primary objectives:
- 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.
- Many indications suggest the economy will be recovered/ing by next spring and a new graduate student should flourish in that environment.
- There are several vaccines fast tracked for human trials with some predicting a year end or early spring result.
- Some businesses will look a little different when they return, and we will teach you the skills they are going to need.
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
- Providing you with the practical and current knowledge you need to open doors and be successful in a career
- Explore the many, many different kinds of opportunities available to you from large and small businesses, government agencies, not for profits, startups etc.
- Use our vast network to connect you with the right organizations and people as you find a potential career of interest
Will there be a trip to New York?It is our hope to visit the city in the spring if conditions permit:
- 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. I am already getting calls from companies offering to do this
- Seeing a company's physical work space is interesting and we will do that through means of a video walk through
- The main purpose of these visits is to understand the business, acquaint you with the culture, and meet the players, including the hiring managers
- We can easily accomplish these goals through virtual meetings as we did with Capital One Bank last spring
- 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:
- It is important to start seeing what kinds of careers are available to you in the fall so you can start to think about those as you are learning the craft.
- We want these virtual meetings to take place in the fall for that reason.
- If conditions allow for safe travel and visits in the spring, we will arrange short visits to the company's you meet in the fall.
- Alternatively, a number of companies like to come to campus and introduce themselves and conduct interviews on the spot.
Will the Spring semester schedule change?We have no information at this time, and but we will let you know as soon as decisions are made.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!
- We will be inviting all MSB alumni and local company representatives to join us for a safe outdoor barbecue event the second evening of orientation.
- Of course such events are always subject to regulations the DC Government has in place.
- We are hopeful we can do more live events in the Spring.
Will the Universtiy require or offer Covid19 testing?Not on a regular basis, but there are free, walk-in testing centers in the area:
- 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) will be live streamed so if you are up to it, you can join your teammates virtually.
- If you have been identified as being exposed to Covid19 through contact tracing, you will quarantine for 14 days to protect your teammates and participate in business meetings 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.
- The current plan does not include on-campus testing but that could potentially change if conditions warrant.
- We will provide you with all the latest and greatest information about how to stay safe in this environment.
- As you can imagine, as conditions change, so do procedures so as time draws closer, we will be providing updates.
- Bookmark this University website which contains more details on procedures and is updated frequently: https://
Several students have expressed concern about the availability of finding a paid internship this fall. We continue to believe there will be good opportunities available, but also want to remove this concern from students' minds.With that in mind, if a student has made a "good faith effort" to find an internship and has not been successful by October 1, we will offer a meaningful internship experience in October/November at the going hourly rate of $19 for graduate students. This might be within the MSB program, Busch School, the University or an outside organization. It will provide students with an opportunity to practice what they are learning and serve as a resume builder while at the same time earning some extra money.QualificationsTo qualify for this internship guarantee, by October 1st, students will have:
We are a team and in this uncertain time, we will work together.
- Conducted their onboarding meeting with Marykate Conroy so we know where their interests lie.
- Attended or watched all June/July internship workshops to prepare their resume, cover letter, and begin their search strategies.
- Updated their LinkedIn profile.
- Spoken to Daniel Noone a minimum of three times to get ideas to pursue.
- Applied to at least ten internship positions.
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 some of the program's resources.
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.
HousingThere 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:
After paying your enrollment deposit and officially joining the class, 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:
Internship Strategy Zoom Session #1We 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 Zoom sessions.
- Business Resume Template
- Business Cover Letter Template
- Join the MSB LinkedIn Network
- Handshake (one-stop shop for your internship and job search)
- LinkedIn Learning (login using CUA account)
- Internship Resource (see email)
Internship Stratefy Zoom Session #3 - LinkedIn
Register for Classes
Orientation will take place August 17-20. Classes will begin on Monday, August 31. A tentative schedule is below:
Orientation Day 1, August 17 - Athletic attire
Orientation Day 2, August 18 - Business Professional attire
Orientation Day 3, August 19 - Business Casual attire
Orientation Day 4, August 20 - Business Casual attire
Pre-class assignments will be due on Monday, August 24. Assignments 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.
Accounting (will be posted in July)
Quantitative Analysis (will be posted in July)
Google Analytics for Beginners (can be completed now)
Students often ask how they should prepare for the program over the summer. 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:
- Directions to campus
- Campus Ministry and Service Opportunities
- Mass Times at the Basilica
- Kane Fitness Center
- Mullen Library
- Student Health Services
- Center for Academic and Career Success
- Counseling Center
- Disability Support Services
- Center for Cultural Engagement
- Catholic University Bookstore (For swag; books are bought by the program and included in tuition)
- Tuition Payment Plan
- Cardinal Card (Your Catholic University student ID)
- Reset password
- Parking on campus
- Student Technology
- SmarTrip® Card (or buy on the Metro)
- SmarTrip Monthly Pass (An alternative path to the SmarTrip® Card)
- Food and fun in Brookland
- Capital Bikeshare
- Catholic University Bookstore (For swag; books are bought by the program and included in tuition)