Villanova University is a private institution founded in 1842 by the Augustinian Fathers. Graduate programs were first administered separately in 1931. Currently, there are six academic units in addition to Graduate Studiesthe Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Commerce and Finance, Engineering, and Nursing; the Division of Part-Time Studies; and the School of Law.
Approximately 2,400 graduate students are enrolled, of whom 1,079 were in liberal arts and sciences programs. Total University enrollment is approximately 11,000, including 6,500 full-time undergraduates, 1,000 part-time evening (undergraduate and continuing studies) students, and 1,000 students in the School of Law. There are about equal numbers of men and women graduate students.
The Location and Community
Located in the heart of the Delaware Valley’s Main Line, the University occupies more than 200 handsomely landscaped acres in the town of Villanova, 12 miles west of Philadelphia. The location combines the advantages of a tranquil suburban setting with proximity to a large metropolitan city known for its outstanding contributions in the areas of culture, education, history, recreation, religion, and sport.
Programs of Study and Degree Requirements
Master’s degrees and certificates are offered in the following areas: biology, communication, computer science, counseling and human relations (community, elementary, and secondary), education (elementary, secondary, and school leadership), English, Hispanic studies, history, human resource development, liberal studies, mathematics, political science, public administration, and theater. Master’s degrees only are offered in the following areas: applied statistics, chemistry, classical studies, criminal justice, psychology, and theology. Doctoral degrees are offered in the area of philosophy only.
The academic year consists of two semesters. The first semester begins in mid-August and ends in mid-December. The second semester begins in mid-January and ends in mid-May. In addition, there are three summer sessionstwo successive monthlong day sessions and a third evening session that is offered over a two-month period.
Facilities & Resources
The University library contains more than 780,000 volumes and 5,600 current periodicals. Special library holdings include the collection of the Augustinian Historical Institute and an extensive collection of works in contemporary continental philosophy.
The Office of University Information Technologies provides data and voice communication, computing services, and access to remote computing and information services over the Internet; offers noncredit seminars and workshops on popular computer software and in the use of the Villanova phone system; and maintains state-of-the-art computer labs for students on campus.
Expenses and Aid
Graduate tuition ranges from approximately $790 to $990 per credit hour. In addition, there is a University fee of $30 each semester.
Graduate assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. The assistantship stipend begins at approximately $14,750 and carries with it a waiver of all tuition and academic fees. A few research fellowships are also awarded each year. A number of tuition scholarships are available; they provide a waiver of all tuition and academic fees.
In addition, the office of the director of financial aid administers the Federal Stafford Student Loan Program.
The University does not maintain accommodations for graduate students, but second-year students are eligible for positions as resident counselors in the dormitories. The area has a wide selection of living quarters convenient to the campus.
How to Apply / Application
Application forms and the Graduate Studies Viewbook may be obtained from the Graduate Studies Office. Due dates for submission of credentials vary by program. In addition to forwarding the completed application form and official college transcripts, applicants must also arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. There is an application fee of $50. GRE scores are required by some departments. Descriptions of programs and procedures are found in the Graduate Studies Viewbook and on the University’s Web site.
The International Student Services Office at Villanova University offers a myriad of services to international students. The ISSO also sponsors an annual Association, language orientation program, a host family program, the International Students club and an international newsletter and magazine.A good source of information about visas is the US State Department's Visa Services web page. It includes information about Foreign Student Visas. Information about entrance requirements may be obtained from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
Who to Contact
Dean, Graduate Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, Pennsylvania 19085-1688
Web site home page
Graduate Departments and Directors
Gerald M. Long, Ph.D., Stanford; Dean.
• Applied Statistics: Douglas Norton, Ph.D., Minnesota.
• Biology: Russell M. Gardner, Ph.D., Indiana.
• Chemistry: Barry S. Selinsky, Ph.D., SUNY at Buffalo.
• Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures (Hispanic Studies): Silvia Nagy-Zekmi, Ph.D., Eötvös Loránd (Budapest).
• Communication: Bryan Crable, Ph.D., Purdue Calumet.
• Computer Science: Robert E. Beck, Ph.D., Pennsylvania.
• Counseling (Community, Elementary, Secondary): Connie Titone, Ed.D., Harvard.
• Criminal Justice: Thomas Arvanites, Ph.D., SUNY at Albany.
• Education: Connie Titone, Ed.D., Harvard.
• Elementary and Secondary Graduate Teacher Education: Connie Titone, Ed.D., Harvard.
• English: Evan Radcliffe, Ph.D., Cornell.
• History: Adele Lindenmeyr, Ph.D., Princeton.
• Human Resource Development: David F. Bush, Ph.D., Purdue.
• Liberal Studies: Lowell Gustafson, Ph.D., Virginia.
• Mathematics: Douglas Norton, Ph.D., Minnesota.
• Political Science: Craig M. Wheeland, Ph.D., Penn State.
• Psychology: Thomas C. Toppino, Ph.D., New Mexico.
• Public Administration: Craig M. Wheeland, Ph.D., Penn State.
• School Leadership: Connie Titone, Ed.D., Harvard.
• Theater: Rev. Peter M. Donahue, O.S.A., Ph.D., Illinois.
• Theology: Bernard Prusak, Ph.D., Lateran (Rome).
• Philosophy: John Carvalho, Ph.D., Duquesne.
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