The measure of a society is how it treats the least among us. Educating students from many faiths and cultures who share a deep commitment to social justice, service, and scholarship, the National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) builds knowledge and raises awareness of the means by which we may respond to the needs of the poor and vulnerable as an integral part of our communities’ common good.

Since 1918, the National Catholic School of Social Service has set itself apart from other schools of social work with its grounding in Catholic social teaching. Our Ph.D. program, established in 1934, is the third-oldest in the nation. Our Bachelor and Master of Social Work candidates are led through a rigorous curriculum by faculty working at the forefront of the profession. They also complete thousands of hours in field placements at some 450 local agencies and non-profits serving individuals, families, and communities in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. In addition to providing strong work experiences, we intend that our field placements help our students understand the social work profession and witness the Church’s work in addressing human needs.

Campaign Priorities

The future of NCSSS looks bright. There will always be a place for the School’s mission-driven work, but investing in new scholarships and taking a leadership position within groundbreaking University initiatives will ensure that our light will shine in more places. Our priorities within this Campaign are:

New Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Violence

Part of the University’s comprehensive response to the abuse crisis facing the Church, the Center will serve as a resource portal, provide training services, and undertake research on the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse.


New Scholarships

Similar to the Compass Scholars program which provides graduate scholarships, NCSSS seeks increased investments in scholarships that will power our efforts to recruit a more diverse student body and meet the nation’s growing need for rigorously trained social workers.


Annual Support for NCSSS

Creating a broader and more engaged base of financial support for the National Catholic School of Social Service is vital to ensuring the School has the resources needed to tap into opportunity and weather unanticipated challenges.