Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Villanova's Graduate Arts and Sciences!

All applicants are required to fill out an application on our website, which can be found on each program landing page. 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.

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 visit this page for specific deadlines relating to your program

The deadlines for the Ph.D. programs are as follows:

  • Theology PhD - January 2nd
  • Philosophy PhD - January 15th

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.

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.

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.

Villanova offers competitively affordable tuition rates. In 2014-2015 all courses in Villanova’s Graduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are $750.00 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).

Generally, students enrolled in Master’s degree programs complete all the requirements for their degree in 2 years, although students are permitted up to 6 years to complete their degree.  Students enrolled in a PhD program are permitted up to 8 years to complete their degree.

Villanova offers two PhD programs in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Philosophy and Theology. All other programs award terminal Masters Degrees.

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.

Yes! If you attend one of our online or on-campus information sessions, you will receive and application fee waiver code. Virtual information sessions are held online approximately every two weeks. Visit for a complete schedule.