Frequently Asked Questions

What are the application requirements?

All applicants are required to fill out an application on our website, which can be found at Applicants are also required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee as well as transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate universities they have attended, even if they did not earn a degree. Additional materials, such as a statement of goals, recommendations, or a resume, may be required according to the specific program to which you apply. For more detailed information please visit our website.

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What are the deadlines for admission to the graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences?

The deadlines for our Masters programs are as follows:

  • Fall – Deadline is March 1st but applications may be considered until August 1st*
  • Spring – Deadline is November 15th but applications may be considered until December 1st*
  • Summer – Deadline is May 1st

*Please note that early applications are always encouraged since available spaces in a program may fill before the “Applications may be Considered Until” date. Not all programs will review late applications. Please check with your program if applying close to the deadline.

In addition, if you are applying for a scholarship or assistantship, the deadline is February 1st or March 1st depending on the program. Please check for specific deadlines relating to your program.

The deadline for the Ph.D. program in Philosophy is January 15th.

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What is the average GRE score for incoming students?

Generally, our programs expect applicants to have GRE scores in the 60th percentile or higher. The GRE is just one of several factors taken into account when admissions decisions are made, however, and admissions committees look at every aspect of an individual’s application.

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Are GRE subject tests required?


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What GPA is required for admission to Villanova’s graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences?

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for admission.

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Are there scholarship opportunities available for graduate students?

Yes! There are two types of competitive, merit-based funding available in most graduate programs: Tuition Scholarships, which provide tuition remission for the total number of courses required for the degree; and Graduate Assistantships, which include a stipend along with tuition remission. International students as well as students from the US are eligible for these merit-based funding options. In addition, Graduate Assistantships may be available occasionally in various other university offices. Please check the Graduate Studies website for more Information.

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Is financial aid available to graduate students?

Yes! Financial assistance is available to all matriculated/degree-seeking students in a graduate level program. In order to receive assistance you must be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours in the summer, fall, or spring semester. Meghan Petsko ( is the representative in the financial aid office dedicated to assisting graduate students.

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What are the tuition rates for graduate courses?

Villanova offers competitively affordable tuition rates. In 2014-2015 all courses in Villanova’s Graduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are $720.00 per credit. Almost all graduate courses are 3 credit courses. Teachers and educators in public and private schools receive a tuition reduction of 20%, and those in Catholic schools receive a tuition reduction of 40% (in most programs).

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How long does it take to complete a Master’s degree?

Generally, students complete all the requirements for their Master’s degree in 2 years, although students are permitted up to 6 years to complete their degree.  Almost all of our graduate programs require 30 to 36 credits, or ten to twelve courses, for the degree.

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Does the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offer any Ph.D. programs?

Villanova only offers one Ph.D. program in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, in Philosophy. All other programs award terminal Masters Degrees.

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Does the Graduate College of Arts and Sciences offer certificate programs?

Yes. Certificates are available in most of our programs. Most certificates require fifteen credits, or five courses. In many cases, credits earned in a certificate can be applied towards a master’s degree.

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