Admission

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We admit students wholly on the basis of individual merit. We do not discriminate against anyone seeking admission on the basis of their race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or sex. See Villanova's Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Policies.

Application Requirements

You must have earned a bachelor's degree by the time you plan to enroll in a graduate degree or certificate program, with a minimum undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (or, the equivalent, in the case of educational  institutions located outside the US). The undergraduate institution, if in the US, must be accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies.

The items listed in the admission requirements checklist are all we need to review your application. You are not required to submit all application materials together. However, we consider applications only when all materials have been received. For most programs, we review and approve applications on a rolling basis and admit applicants to the fall, spring, or summer semester. To insure a timely review, consider submitting your application well ahead of the posted deadlines. We attempt to notify you of our acceptance decision by email within one week of receiving your complete application.

Note: If you are an international applicant,
you must provide additional material.

What's Needed

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MA

MA w/ CERT Past Min

CERT Past Min

all CERT THL

Online Application

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yes

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Application Fee (non-refundable)(1)

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Resume

yes

yes

yes

yes

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Writing Sample

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no

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no

References - academic(2)

2

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1

1

References - ministerial

n/a

n/a

1

1

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Interview of Finalists

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n/a

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yes

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Bachelor’s Degree

yes

yes

yes

yes

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Transcripts(3)

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yes

yes

yes

yes

18 credit hours in theology, religion, or the equivalent(4)

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yes

yes

n/a

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18 credit hours in theology, religion, or the equivalent; or evidence of 5 years working experience, e.g., in ministry, teaching, administration, education(5)

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n/a

yes

yes

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GPA (UG/G)

3.5(5)

3.0(5)

3.0(5)

3.0(5)

3.0(5)

Application Essay

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(1) 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.

(2) Please contact us if you cannot meet this requirement.

(3) Transcripts of all previous college work (undergraduate and graduate where applicable). Unofficial copies may be uploaded in your online application for review. Official copies are required for international applicants and for all applicants who receive an offer of admission. Have official transcripts sent to:

Office of Graduate Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
gradinformation@villanova.edu

(4) We also welcome your application if you majored in other fields in the Humanities, the Social Sciences, the Sciences, Law, etc.

(5) Please contact us if you do not meet this requirement. In principle, we also welcome your application if you have a lower GPA.

(6) An essay of not more than 500 words (300 words for Certificate applicants) that addresses this prompt:

Which situations, questions and/or readings have motivated you to study theology and/or pastoral ministry within the Catholic tradition, and what are your goals for pursuing the degree/certificate?

Application Deadlines

We admit applicants on a rolling basis. Applicants seeking admission for the fall, spring, or summer semester must meet the following application deadlines:

MTS

MA

MA w/ CERT Past Min

CERT Past Min

all CERT THL

Fall

Aug 1

Aug 1

Aug 1

Aug 1

Aug 1

Spring

Dec 1

Dec 1

n/a

Dec 1

Dec 1

Summer

May 1

May 1

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May 1

May 1

Applicants seeking scholarships must meet the following application deadlines:

         

Assistantships

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Feb 1

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Campus Ministry Internships

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Feb 1

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Admission of Applicants with Graduate Credit Work from Other Institutions

  • Requests for transfer of credit for work completed prior to enrolling at Villanova must be made at the time of application. No requests will be reviewed after the first semester of enrollment.
  • Students accepted into a Master's degree program may receive transfer credit for up to a maximum of 6 credits (usually 2 courses) taken at another accredited higher education institution. However, approval is subject to approval by the Graduate Program Director and Graduate Dean.
  • The courses must be graduate-level, and must have been taken within the past six years. A graduate course used to complete an applicant’s undergraduate degree at another institution may not be transferred and used to complete a graduate degree at Villanova.
  • Only courses with grades of B or better will be considered.
  • Only applicants accepted as matriculated students may be approved for transfer of credits.
  • Transfer credits are not accepted for a non-degree certificate program.
  • Transfer credits will only be reviewed for one degree program at Villanova.

How To Request:

When requesting transfer credits, please submit the following materials to the Graduate Program Director:

  1. the relevant official transcripts (regardless of whether a degree was earned)
  2. course descriptions and syllabi.

The Graduate Program Director will review the request and, if approved, will complete a transfer of credit form.

Applying as a Visiting or a Non-Matriculated Student

Matriculation status is established for all new students at the time of application submission.

  • If you fulfill all admission requirements, we will admit you as a matriculated student. If not, the admission's committee may recommend that you be admitted non-matriculated and retain this status until you have successfully completed several graduate courses. At that time, we will re-evaluate your matriculation status.
  • If you would like to try out one of our programs without completing the full application process, or complete one of our courses as a visiting student, you may apply as a "non-matriculated student." Under this status, you may take any two of our foundation classes. If you later apply to and are accepted into one of our programs, the credits from these courses will be transferred toward a degree or certificate program.
  • Please note that only matriculated students are eligible for VU assistantships and governmental loans.
Please review the information concerning the various student status categories. If you wish to apply to be a non-matriculated student, please notify us.

Review Your Choice(s)

Review the Program Information

Please look around our web-site to find out as much as possible about us and our program, and Villanova's and our department's services for our students. It is important to us that you consider Villanova a good fit for your academic journey.

Review your Academic Qualification

All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies. Please review all admission requirements and contact us if you have any questions.

Contact Us

Of course, we invite you to contact us to discuss your unique situation, qualifications, and goals. Also, you are most welcome to visit us in person if you live nearby or plan on stopping by in Philadelphia. If you cannot visit in person, you can find detailed information on Villanova's campus and community as well as the surrounding Philadelphia area by taking a virtual tour.

Contact the Director of the Campus Ministry Internship Program

Some programs are jointly administered with Villanova's  Campus Ministry Graduate Internship Program. If you are interested in applying to one of our ministry programs, we encourage you to contact the Program Director of the Campus Ministry Internship Program.

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How do I apply to the standalone M.A., M.T.S., and Certificate Programs?

  1. Review the Admission Requirements and Deadlines.
  2. Complete the Online Application.

What Happens Next?

We review and approve applications on a rolling basis and admit applicants to the fall, spring, or summer semester. To insure a timely review, consider submitting your application well ahead of the posted deadlines.

Upon receiving all your application material we will review your application and submit a recommendation concerning acceptance and matriculation status to the Office of Graduate Studies. We aim to notify you of our acceptance decision by email and regular mail within one week of receiving your complete application.

How do I apply to the standalone Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Program?

  1. Review the Admission Requirements and Deadlines.
  2. Complete the Online Application.

What Happens Next?

Upon receiving all your application material, the Director of the Center for Pastoral Ministry Education who supervises the field practicum will schedule the required in-person or video interview. After the interview, we will review your application and submit a recommendation concerning acceptance into the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Program to the Office of Graduate Studies. We aim to notify you of our acceptance decisions by email and regular mail within two weeks of completing the interview.

How do I apply to the Joint Master of Arts in Theology with Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Program - with On-Campus Internship (CMI)?

  1. Review the Admission Requirements and Deadlines.
  2. Complete the Online Application.

What Happens Next?

Upon receiving all your application material, the Director of the Center for Pastoral Ministry Education who supervises the internship will schedule the required in-person or video interview. After the interview, we will review your application and submit a recommendation concerning acceptance into the Joint Master of Arts in Theology with Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Program to the Office of Graduate Studies. At the same time, the Director of the Center for Pastoral Ministry Education will inform you concerning your acceptance into the Campus Ministry Internship Program. We aim to notify you of our acceptance decisions by email and regular mail within two weeks of completing the interview.

Note: Should we not be able to admit you to the CMI program, you remain eligible for admission to the Joint Master of Arts with Certificate in Pastoral Ministry program and complete an off-campus practicum.

How do I apply to the Joint Master of Arts in Theology with Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Program - with Off-Campus Practicum?

  1. Review the Admission Requirements and Deadlines.
  2. Complete the Online Application.

What Happens Next?

Upon receiving all your application material, the Director of the Center for Pastoral Ministry Education who supervises the field practicum will schedule the required in-person or video interview. After the interview, we will review your application and submit a recommendation concerning acceptance into the Joint Master of Arts in Theology with Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Program to the Office of Graduate Studies. We aim to notify you of our acceptance decisions by email and regular mail within two weeks of completing the interview.

How do I apply to all other Joint and Dual Degree Programs?

  1. Review the Admission Requirements and Deadlines for the Master of Arts in Theology Program, and the requirements and deadlines of your second program at that program's website.
  2. Read the Graduate Studies Office policies governing enrollment in two programs.
  3. Complete Online Applications for both programs.

What Happens Next?

Applicants are evaluated and accepted by the Graduate Program in Theology for its master’s degree program and by the second program for a certificate or second master's degree program. That is, both programs evaluate applications according to their respective admissions criteria and collaborate in admitting students to dual degree or to joint programs.

We (Graduate Program in Theology) aim to notify you of our acceptance decision by email within one week of receiving your complete application.

Note: You may enroll in either a certificate or a second master's degree program also after commencing your studies at Villanova.

Master of Arts in Theology and Master of Theological Studies

You may enroll as a full-time student and complete the program in two years. If you plan to study part-time you may enroll in as little as one course per semester and take up to six years to complete all degree requirements.

Joint Master of Arts in Theology with Certificate in Pastoral Ministry

If you enroll in the On-Campus Internship track, you must study full-time and complete the degree in two years.

If you enroll in the Off-campus Practicum track, you may register as a full-time student and complete the program in two years. Or, if you plan to study part-time, you may enroll in as little as one course per semester and take up to six years to complete all degree requirements.

All Certificate Programs

You may enroll as a full-time student and complete the program in one year. If you plan to study part-time you may enroll in as little as one course per semester and take up to three years to complete all requirements.