Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get general information about Graduate programs at Villanova?

From the Graduate Studies website.

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What degrees do you offer?

The Chemistry Department at Villanova offers the M.S. degree in Chemistry. Students can choose a research path (requiring independent research and a thesis), or a non-thesis path requiring additional coursework and substituting work experience for the thesis.

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Do you offer the Ph.D. degree?

No, we once had a Ph.D. program, but this was discontinued in 1992.

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Do I need to take the Graduate Record Exams for admission? What scores are needed?

The General Graduate Record Exams are required for admission. A combined minimum score of 1050 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam are required.

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What grades do I need to be accepted into your program?

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 point scale) is required for admission.

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Do I need to take the Chemistry Subject Graduate Record Exams?

No, the Chemistry subject test is not required for admission.

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Can I get financial assistance to attend your program?

Yes, full time students can apply for a Graduate Assistantship, which will provide a tuition waiver and a stipend to help cover living expenses. You are expected to work as a teaching assistant as part of the Assistantship, which requires about 15 hours of work per week while classes are in session.

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How much is the stipend for the Graduate Assistantship?

The stipend varies from year to year; please email the Chemistry Department for stipend information.

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Does your stipend include health insurance?

No, you must obtain health insurance on your own. Villanova does have some information about available programs; Contact the Office of Student Life, 2nd Floor of Dougherty Hall, for information about health insurance coverage.

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I am from outside of the United States, and my finances are limited. Can I get financial assistance with my application fee or my financial certification letter for my visa?

No, these items are required by our University and by the U.S. Government, and we cannot just waive these fees.

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When are your application deadlines?

You may apply anytime. For Fall registrations, for priority consideration, particularly regarding financial aid determination, completed applications should be submitted by March 1 for fall registration. Applications will be considered until August 1. For Spring registration, For priority consideration, completed applications should be submitted by November 15 for spring registration. Applications will be considered until December 1. Completed applications should be submitted by May 1 for summer registration. When will I know if I have been accepted?

We will review your application after all of your application materials have been received. You should know within six weeks of this date. You may contact the Chair of the Chemistry graduate program at any time to ask about the status of your application.

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How long will it take me to complete my Master’s degree?

The average time is about 2.5 years for thesis students attending school full time. Non-thesis students usually need a bit longer to complete the ten courses, usually 3-4 years.

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Do you offer courses in the summer?

In the past, we have not offered graduate courses in the summer, but we will be offering one graduate course in the Summer of 2007 on a trial basis.

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