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Letter from the Dean


Dr. Will C. Rainford, Dean of The Catholic University of America's MSW program

I’m Dr. Will C. Rainford. On behalf of The Catholic University of America and the faculty of the National Catholic School of Social Service, I am delighted to welcome you to our website. We have made every effort to bring you information that reflects the programmatic outcomes of the online clinical Master of Social Work program and how the degree can have a positive impact on your life and the lives of those you will serve.

The mission of The Catholic University of America’s online MSW is to improve the human condition, to make life better, longer and healthier for clients we serve. By enrolling in the program, you become a part of that critical mission.  As a social worker, your life’s work will help humanity reach its full potential, and in the call of Pope Francis to love your neighbors.

The Catholic University of America’s main campus is located in Washington, DC, but the CUA community extends well beyond the nation’s capital through our distance learning programs. A variety of course and degree programs are offered using the interactive classroom environment, to provide students the opportunity to take courses from any location around the globe. 

As you visit our website, I hope you will be inspired to take the next step in your academic and professional journey. Our website will help you discover how the online MSW program is tailored to fit your needs in the field of social work, and recognize the convenient nature the program provides, fitting perfectly into your busy life.

Our online admissions team is ready to help you achieve your academic and professional goals. If you are a prospective student, consider joining a growing number of social workers committed to excellence in service. Join our university and gain the knowledge and skills to serve your community, city, state, and nation. This is a time of rapid change as well as great challenges and opportunities for those prepared to lead, make the right decisions, solve problems, and innovate, moving social work into new possibilities.

We look forward working with you as we serve society and our fellow human beings through the power of social work. 

All my best,

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Will C. Rainford, MSW, Ph.D 

Dean, National Catholic School of Social Service