Villanova University Graduate Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Grad students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences can choose from more than 60 graduate degree and certificate programs, including:
• Applied Statistics* (MS)
• Biology* (MS or MA)
• Chemistry (MS)
• Classical Studies (MA); Latin track available online
• Communication* (MA); hybrid campus and online courses
• Computer Science (MS)
• Counseling* (MS)
• Education* (MA; MA plus teacher certification)
• English* (MA)
• Environmental Science (MS)
• Gender and Women’s Studies (certificate)
• Health Informatics (certificate)
• History* (MA)
• Human Resource Development* (MS)
• Liberal Studies* (MA)
• Mathematics* (MA)
• Philosophy (PhD)
• Political Science* (MA)
• Psychology (MS)
• Public Administration* (MPA)
• Software Engineering (MS)
• Theatre* (MA)
• Theology* (MA, MTS, PhD)
* Certificates also available

When passion leads, success follows. Graduate students in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are passionate about their areas of study. And when their drive to learn more about what they love is combined with the hallmarks of a Villanova education—including outstanding, attentive faculty; small class sizes; affordability; and flexibility—they’re destined to succeed wherever their journeys take them. 

60+ degree and certificate programs
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a wide array of graduate programs, including more than 20 master’s degrees and more than 40 pre- and post-master’s certificates, as well as PhDs in Philosophy and Theology. In addition, individuals who are eager to explore multiple disciplines will find that many of these programs can be combined.

Most on-campus classes are offered in the evenings for the convenience of working adults, and students can pursue their degrees and certificates on a full- or part-time basis. Several programs are available online or in a hybrid format as well.

Why choose a Villanova education?
A Villanova graduate education confers many advantages. Students learn from teacher-scholars in a rigorous environment, interact with classmates who share their passion, and are equally committed to expanding their knowledge and enhancing their skill set. They’re also supported by a vast network of alumni who can help them take the next steps in their careers and in their personal intellectual journeys. As important, Villanova graduates are highly respected for their academic accomplishments by employers and educational institutions across the nation and around the world.

Research and teaching opportunities
Graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences exemplify the nexus of teaching, research, and scholarship. Students and faculty collaborate on cutting-edge research and share their work at conferences nationally and internationally. Moreover, support for summer research and conference travel is available.

A number of programs offer graduate students the opportunity to gain college-level teaching experience by assisting faculty in the teaching of their undergraduate courses as lab instructors, teaching assistants, or teaching interns.

Outstanding faculty
All Villanova graduate courses are taught by highly qualified professors who balance active scholarship with a commitment to teaching. Courses are conducted as small seminars that provide students with an engaging classroom experience and one-on-one interactions with classmates and faculty.

Competitive pricing and scholarship opportunities
Villanova’s tuition rates and fees for graduate students are competitive and affordable. The University also offers merit-based assistantships for full-time students, assistance with applications for student loans, and convenient payment plans. In addition, teachers and educators are eligible for reduced tuition rates in most programs.

A vibrant community
Villanova is conveniently located in the historic Main Line suburb of Philadelphia and has ample parking and public transportation stops right on campus. Its proximity to the city enables students to connect with employers at some of the nation’s leading businesses and organizations.

“My graduate education from Villanova affected my life for the better both professionally and personally. The best parts of my educational experience have been the attentive professors. They’ll get to know you both as a student and on a personal level. Yet they’ll also push you to dig deeper academically and professionally.”
— Juliana Lombardi 

“My course work at Villanova has given me a whole new perspective on my career. It has helped me develop my long-term goals and has provided me with strategies for getting what I want out of my career. I love being able to apply what I learn in class to my job the very next day.”
— Brandon Celentano

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26 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Cell & Molecular Biology                
Communication Studies              
Computer Science                
Educational Leadership                
Environmental Science                
Evolutionary Biology                
Human Resource Management              
Liberal Studies                
Pastoral Counseling                
Political Science                
Psychology - General                
Public Admin                
School Counseling                
Secondary Education                
Theater and Drama                


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