International students of the MSB program have access to a wide range of networking opportunities and knowledgeable faculty members in a multicultural setting. Our curriculum places a strong emphasis on hands-on learning, instilling a sense of business as a force for good and emphasizing ethics. We seek to mold our students into successful professionals who make valuable contributions to the business community. Boasting a high job placement record, the Master of Science in Business program has a practical focus and includes internships and case studies. Regardless of their background,  our graduates are prepared for success and ethical conduct in the modern corporate environment.


Quick Facts:

  • International scholarships are available
  • STEM-designated
    • F-1 students can apply for an “OPT STEM Extension”, which could grant an additional two years of work authorization without H-1B sponsorship following their initial OPT period.
    • CIP Code: 52.1399 -“Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other”
  • CPT (Curricular Practical Training)
    • The MSB program considers off-campus internships integral to our curriculum, which means that F-1 students can attain paid or unpaid internships outside of CUA with CPT work authorization following their first academic semester. 
  • All classes are in-person and located in Washington, DC
  • 99% of our graduates have received jobs within 5 months of graduating

Required Application Documents

International Students
  • A completed Catholic University online application
    • No application fee is required
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
    • Unofficial transcripts can be used for the initial admissions review
  • English Proficiency test scores (International students only)
    • Minimum language scores required: IELTS (6.5), TOEFL (80), Duolingo (105), PTE (58)

Official transcripts and English proficiency scores must be submitted for full admittance to the University. Your official copies should be sent from the institution to


Admissions Process

International Students
  1. Apply online before July 1
  2. Upload transcripts and English proficiency scores
  3. Receive admissions decision
  4. F-1 visa application process
  5. Submit your $300 MSB enrollment deposit
For questions regarding international admissions, please contact
For questions regarding the visa process and international services at CUA, please contact



  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How can I learn more about scholarships for international students?


    Are graduate assistantships available at the Busch School of Business?

    • Unfortunately, no graduate assistantships are available in the Busch School for academic year 2024-2025


    How much is the tuition for the MSB program?

    • To learn about MSB tuition, fees, and associated costs, visit the Enrollment Services webpage.
    • For information about the total cost of the MSB program and related living expenses for the F-1 visa application, please contact


    Can I waive the English Proficiency Exam requirement?

    • If you are a native English speaker, you may request that the English Proficiency Exam requirement be waived by contacting Waivers are not guaranteed.


    Is public transportation available?

    • Yes, the Busch School of Business is conveniently located by the Brookland-CUA Metro station. More information about public transportation can be found at the Office of Transportation webpage.