Program Specific Admission Requirements

General Requirements

All degree and certificate candidates must submit the items below, in addition to the program-specific items listed in the chart:

  • Application
  • Application Fee ($50 non-refundable)
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate universities attended. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application review. Official transcripts must be provided upon an offer of admission. However, international applicants seeking student visas must submit official transcripts for application review.

Each academic department has additional requirements shown below.

Program-Specific Requirements

Program   Degree   Additional Requirements
Applied Statistics   M.S. and Certificate
  GRE, 3 recommendation letters
Certificate: 3 recommendation letters
Biology   M.S., M.A. and Pre-Master's Certificates   Degree: General GRE required, subject GRE recommended, 3 recommendation letters. Certificates: no additional materials
Chemistry   M.S.   GRE, 3 recommendation letters, statement of goals
Classical Studies   M.A.   GRE, 3 recommendation letters, A 500-700 word statement of goals, academic writing sample.
Communication   M.A., Pre-Master's Certificates   Degree: GRE or GMAT, a statement of goals, an academic or professional writing sample, 3 recommendation letters. Certificates: an academic or professional writing sample, 2 recommendation letters; statement of goals
Computer Science   M.S.
  Degree: GRE, 3 letters of recommendation, statement of goals.
Counseling    M.S., Post-Master's Certificates   Degree: GRE, statement of goals, 3 recommendation letters Certificates: 3 recommendation letters
Education   M.A., Certificates   Degrees: Copy of valid teacher certification or GRE or MAT, statement of goals, 3 recommendation letters Certificates: 3 recommendation letters

 

Education

 

 

 

 

 

M.A. Plus Teacher Certification

 

 

GRE or MAT, statement of goals, 3 recommendation letters, basic skills demonstration (SAT >1550 or ACT >24 or passing scores on PAPA or Praxis CORE)

English   M.A., Certificate   Degree: GRE General Test (Subject Test optional); 3 recommendation letters, writing sample -critical essay of roughly 10 pages, 1-2 page statement outlining the candidate’s objectives. Certificates: no additional requirements
Environmental Science   M.S.   Degree: GRE, resume, supplemental form  
Gender and Women's Studies   Certificate   Certificate: statement of goals/interest in Gender and Women's Studies, 2 recommendation letters.
Hispanic Studies   M.A., Certificates   Degree: statement of goals in English, 3 recommendation letters, writing sample in Spanish, in person or online interview with graduate program director Certificates: no additional materials
History   M.A., Post-Master's Certificates   Degree: GRE, 3 recommendation letters, a brief 250-word statement about fields of interest in history, pertinent experience, prior research and objectives in seeking the degree, a History Writing Sample. Certificates: 2 recommendation letters, statement of goals
Human Resource Development   M.S. Pre-and Post-Master's Certificates   Degree: GRE, statement of goals, resume, 3 recommendation letters. Certificates: statement of goals and 2 recommendation letters
Liberal Studies   M.A., Pre-Master's Certificates   Degree and Certificates: statement of goals/interest in liberal studies, 2 recommendation letters.
Mathematics   M.A., Pre-and Post-Master's Certificates   Degree: GRE and 3 recommendation letters. Certificates: no additional materials
Philosophy   Ph.D.   GRE, 3 recommendation letters, a two-page statement including areas of proposed research, plus a recent writing sample; curriculum vitae
Political Science   M.A., Pre-Master's Certificates   Degree: GRE, 3 recommendation letters, 2-page statement of goals.Certificates: statement of goals, 2 recommendation letters.
Psychology   M.S.   GRE, 3 recommendation letters, statement of goals
Public Administration   M.P.A., Pre-Master's Certificates   Degree: GRE, 3 recommendation letters, statement of goals, resume. Certificates: statement of goals, 2 recommendation letters, resume
Software Engineering   M.S.   GRE, 3 recommendation letters, statement of goals
Statistics (see Applied Statistics above)        
Theatre   M.A., Pre-Master's Certificates   Degree: GRE, 3 recommendation letters, resume (including professional work and theatre experience), statement of goals, headshot Certificates: 2 recommendation letters, statement of goals, resume
Theology   Ph.D., M.A., M.T.S, Pre-and Post-Master's Certificates   Ph.D.: GRE, 3 recommendation letters, statement of goals, writing sample, Degree: GRE, statement of goals, 3 recommendation letters Certificates: Statement of goals, 2 recommendation letters

Application Fee

This $50 fee is non-refundable. You will have the opportunity to pay by credit card after your submit your application online.

The application fee is waived for the following individuals: 1) Those who already hold a Villanova University degree (undergraduate or graduate) 2) Those who have attended a Villanova Event (open house, online or in- person information session) 3) McNair Scholars. We ask McNair Scholars to have their program administrator send a letter or email to us confirming your participation in the program.

Transcripts

Villanova will accept unofficial transcripts uploaded by domestic students into the online application system. (International students must supply official transcripts.) The admissions committee will review your application based on unofficial transcripts. If an offer of admission is made, it will be contingent upon you submitting Official university/college transcripts bearing the seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar sent directly by mail or by electronic transmission from your Registrar's Office prior to enrollment. Transcripts are required for all previous undergraduate (and graduate where applicable) education. One copy of each transcript is sufficient. Transcripts from colleges and universities outside of the U.S. and Canada must include a certified course-by-course evaluation provided by one of the organizations listed here www.naces.org in addition to the original language document.

Students who apply prior to the completion of their undergraduate work are expected to submit the most up-to-date transcript available. If offered admission, which is contingent upon satisfactory degree completion, you will be expected to submit an updated official transcript showing the degree has been awarded or conferred with date, and final cumulative G.P.A..

Students who fail to submit official transcripts by two weeks before the first day of classes will not be permitted to enroll.