FAQ's

Where is the HRD Graduate Program located?

The HRD Program is located in St. Mary's Hall, Suite 119 on Villanova University's West Campus. We are #48 on the campus map.

Mailing Address:
Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development
Villanova University

800 Lancaster Avenue

Villanova, PA 19085


Coming from the West (Taking 476):

  1. Travel east on Lancaster Avenue/Route 30. 
  2. Turn Left onto Route 320/Spring Mill Road.
  3. St. Mary's Hall will be on your left at the intersection of Route 320 and County Line Road

Coming from the East (Taking Lancaster Avenue/Route 30):

  1. Travel west on Lancaster Avenue/Route 30.
  2. Pass Villanova University on your right side.
  3. Turn Right onto Route 320/Spring Mill Road.
  4. St. Mary's Hall will be on your left at the intersection of Route 320 and County Line Road

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Who should the three letters of recommendation come from?

The three letters of recommendation should come from either individuals who are well acquainted with the applicant’s academic performance or individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity (i.e. a supervisor or professional colleague).

Please remember that it is your responsibility to monitor the status of your letters of recommendation and the accompanying forms. To ensure that all three letters are received by the application deadline for the semester in which you are applying for, the letters of recommendation and forms should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies in Kennedy Hall.

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Does the program accept GRE scores from a few years ago?

GRE scores last for a total of 5 years. For more information visit www.ets.org/gre. To have your GRE scores sent to the program, please use School Code: 2959 and Program Code: 4202.

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May I speak with a current student?

We would be happy to put you in contact with our graduate assistants who are current students in the program. Please feel free to call (610.519.4582) or email Bridget Boston to set up an appointment.

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I would like to register for my next class, but I don't have a registration pin. Is that something that my advisor provides or should I contact the Registrar?

The policy is as follows: Each semester the student is to meet with the assigned advisor to review the student's progress and decide on the next courses in which the student will enroll.

The student should choose potential courses for the next term in preparation for the meeting with their advisor. At the end of the advisory meeting, the student will be allowed to register through MyNova online, depending on their status as a student. If this is your first semester registering, the HRD office will submit the student's registration to the Office of the Registrar. For alll subsequent registrations, the student will follow the procedure discussed above.

Some students may find actual registration to be denied if:

  1. the student is a special student who has not complied with university regulations [i.e. has not taken the GRE, has not obtained 3 letters of recommendation, or has not fulfilled the transcript requirement]
  2. has an outstanding balance for the University
  3. has grades that are below 3.00 cumulative GPA.

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Which courses are best suited for my level of experience in Human Resources?

Students are asked to consult with their advisors to develop a course plan that suits their level of experience in the HR field.

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Where do I get my MyNova user ID and password?

Visit UNIT's Student Services support site, contact support@villanova.edu for help, or call the Help Desk at 610-519-7777.

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How do I access Blackboard Learn online?

Log in to MyNova using your webmail user ID and password and click on the "Student" tab. In the "Student Dashboard" window, students will find links to the Blackboard sites for each of their classes.

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How do I know if I can waive the internship?

One must submit a letter to his/her advisor requesting the waiver, along with a copy his/her resume that accurately reflects the individual's work experience in the HR field.

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How many one-credit seminars can be taken for credit towards the elective requirements?

Students may take up to six one-credit seminars to replace two three-credit elective requirements.

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How can I learn more about preparing for the professional certification examinations (e.g. PHR/SPHR)?

Students interested in taking the PHR, SPHR, or GPHR can find information through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Testing dates, times, preparation materials, and all information is accessible through the HRCI website.

If you are interested in taking a PHR/SPHR preparatory course through Villanova University, please visit the Villanova Continuing Studies website for additional information. *Please note this is non-credit educational program.

Students interested in taking the Assurance of Learning Assessment can find information through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Testing windows, preparation materials, and registration information is accessible through the SHRM Assruance of Learning website.

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How should I dress for class?

Please attend class in business casual attire or the attire required at your place of work, whichever is more formal. If you are still unsure, feel free to ask one of your course instructors.

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As a student, how can I get involved in professional HR organizations?

It is beneficial for all HRD students to join Villanova's chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, or SHRM. For more information about our chapter please visit our chapter website.

Students are also strongly encouraged to attend meetings, possibly become members of and volunteer at events held by other local HR-related societies. These include the Philadelphia Regional SHRM Chapter, the Greater Valley Forge Human Resource Association, the Chester County Human Resource Association and the Southeastern Psychological Association.

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During registration, what do I do if a class I want is full?

When a course is closed it is the responsibility of the student to contact the professor requesting that the student be placed on a wait list for that course.  If the course is required, the professor may add you to the class. This is a reasonable request for a graduating student.

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What about tuition reimbursement for the Pre-Master's certificate from our employers?

Students enrolled in the pre-masters certificate program are urged to check with their employer regarding reimbursement of tuition and fees. Some employers do not reimburse for these programs. If your employer is one of these we urge you to take the GRE exams and fulfill any other requirements and apply for full matriculated status.

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For more Information on Graduate Programs and Policies and Resources

 please visit the Office of Graduate Studies site

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