Dual Master's Degrees

Dual degree programs provide alternate paths to Villanova degrees. If you wish to to complement your theological education with studies in related or different disciplines, this program is the choice for you.

You may complete all requirements for two master's programs in cost- and time-effective manners. Most may be completed in three years rather than four years it would take to earn them separately. You may earn dual degrees within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or across colleges.

Each program has separate authority to approve or disapprove your admission. In so doing, it may function independently or in collaboration with the other program. Each program bears responsibility for proper advising of dual-enrolled students. Each program must communicate (a) with each other and (b) with the Registrar and Bursar on the particulars of the dual enrollment.

With the appropriate approvals from the two programs involved, you will be registered in, and enroll in courses in, both programs. With the approval of a given program (A), up to 25 per cent of the credit hour requirements of that program (A) may be earned in the other program (B) and thus “double counted.” Thus a student in a program requiring 30 credits may, with that program’s approval, count up to six credits earned in the other program. A student in program requiring 48 credits may, with that program’s approval, count up to 12 credits earned in the other program. The transfer may go in both directions, subject to the 25 per cent limit.

The two programs will collaborate on matters of financial assistance under the following principles:

  • You may receive only one graduate assistantship in a given academic year.
  • A student with a graduate assistantship in one program may not simultaneously receive financial aid from the other.
  • Both programs may combine resources to fund a full graduate assistantship.
  • Tuition scholarship assistance from both programs may not, in total, exceed the tuition cost of your coursework for the year.
  • A student receiving tuition scholarship support from both programs may not be required to work more than a total of 20 hours in a week.
  • Tuition in cases of simultaneous dual enrollment is determined by the Bursar by averaging the tuitions of the two programs.
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