Villanova University

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
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Strong Arts and Science Graduate Programs in the Augustine Tradition

Founded in 1842, Villanova is a premier institution of higher education with five separate colleges. Guided by the Augustinian values of truth, unity, and love, Villanova University welcomes and respects members of all faiths who share an enthusiasm for the challenge of responsible and productive citizenship in order to build a just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

For over twenty years, "U.S. News & World Report" has consistently ranked Villanova University number 1 in the Best Universities, Master's category in the northern U.S. region.

Diverse Learning Opportunities

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University offers a broad spectrum of over 60 graduate studies programs, from master's degrees to pre- and post-master's certificates to a Ph.D. degree in philosophy.

These diverse graduate programs include Master of Arts degrees ranging from classical studies, communication, to education. English and Hispanic Studies are offered, as well as, history, liberal studies, mathematics, philosophy, political science, theatre, and theology.

The college also offers Master of Science degrees in applied statistics, chemistry, computer science, counseling, human resource development, psychology, software engineering, and biology.

Villanova also offers two online degree programs. The Master of Science in Human Resource Development and the Master of Public Administration degrees are both offered either on-campus or online. The online programs are offered in accelerated 8-week terms and taught entirely online in a virtual class format by Villanova faculty.

Pre- and Post-Graduate Certificates

Ongoing learning and career advancement are cornerstones of the college's programs. Pre-graduate and post-graduate certificates augment the majority of program streams offered in a wide range of areas, including computer science, communications, education, biology, Hispanic studies, and human resource development.

The college offers state certifications at both the elementary and secondary school levels. In addition, certificates in area expertise, such as Hispanic literature, English, American government, or theological studies, aid teachers specializing in particular areas.

Certificate programs offer graduate students practical experiences that can help advance their careers. To complete the certificate in practical theater, for example, students must participate in stage management, public relations, scene and costume design, or acting during the four-show theater season at the university.

Certificate programs often involve taking a small number of courses in a special area within the student's field of study. For example, students seeking a communication certificate may take courses in advertising, media production, public relations writing, health communications, or other specialized topics. Students may also complete internships and independent study courses.

Close Interaction with an Accomplished Faculty

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty members are nationally recognized for excellence in teaching, applied learning techniques, and research. Faculty members are widely published and have received numerous honors, national fellowships, grants, and recognition by academic associations and federal agencies.

Graduate classes at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova are small. Most classes have between 11 and 16 students enrolled. This small-class environment allows more individual focus for each student and increased opportunities for interaction and learning between students and faculty.

Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship

Graduate students in any program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are eligible for a summer fellowship from the Dean of Graduate Studies. These summer fellowships support graduate student research and are available every year. Students are granted summer fellowships on a competitive basis.


Applicants to graduate programs at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and must have completed the undergraduate prerequisites for graduate study in their proposed major field. Students should submit credentials by March 1, November 15, and May 1, for the fall, spring, and summer terms, respectively.

Falvey Memorial Library -- A Hub for Research and Information

Falvey Memorial Library is the center for research and information for the Villanova University campus. It offers comfortable study areas and knowledgeable staff members who provide direction for students seeking access to collections and information.

The library holds extensive print, electronic, and audiovisual collections that assist student research and curriculum-related inquiries. Seating capacity is over 1,200. A 24-hour study lounge is accessible when the library is closed.

Villanova Ranks in Top 15 for Technology

In "PC Magazine" and the "Princeton Review" Most Wired Campus designation, Villanova University consistently ranks as one of the Top 15 technologically advanced and Well Connected Campuses in the U.S.

Villanova's wireless access is strategically located throughout the campus, including the academic buildings and common areas. Student laboratories, open on a 24-hour basis, are located in Mendel and Tolentine Halls on the main campus and in various departments.

Support Services for Graduate Students

The Graduate Student Council is a peer organization that provides orientation and mentorship, helps new graduate students acclimate to life at Villanova, and introduces them to the university's many social and academic offerings for graduate students. In addition, Villanova's Division of Student Life provides services, activities, and programs to help students develop on intellectual, spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and physical levels.

An Accessible Location

The campus sits on 254 acres in Radnor Township, 12 miles from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is located along the old Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad, making it easily accessible by car, bus, or train.

Historic Setting

The Roman Catholic Order of Saint Augustine founded Villanova University in 1842. Steeped in tradition, the campus was originally known as Arboretum Villanova due to approximately 1,500 trees on the campus. One of the most striking features on campus is the St. Thomas of Villanova Chapel with its twin spires.

Campus Life

Student activities include club sports, cultural organizations, Greek letter fraternities and sororities, and service clubs. Villanova students participate in charitable and philanthropic activities and organizations, including the largest student-run Special Olympics in the world.

Sports and athletics play a central role in the campus life of Villanova University. There are a number of sports and recreation facilities on campus, including the Davis Center for Athletics and Fitness, Villanova Swim Complex, and Villanova Stadium.

Location & Contact

Villanova University

800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
United States

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Colleges, Departments, and Programs

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students3627
    • Female Percentage51%
    • Male Percentage49%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students3627
    • Part-time Percentage35%
    • Full-time Percentage65%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total FacultyNot Reported
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Percentage37%
    • Male Percentage63%




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