College of Professional Studies

Villanova University College of Professional Studies

Welcome to Villanova University College of Professional Studies (CPS), the first new College at Villanova University in the last 50 years. While our structure is new, we have been committed to serving adult learners for nearly 100 years. This deep experience serving the adult learner makes CPS different. We understand our students lead busy lives to support home, work and community. Our students bring as much to the classroom as they take away—everyone teaches and everyone learns at CPS. CPS was created with this in mind—and adult students are always our focus.

CPS offers bachelor’s degree programs, post-baccalaureate certificates, and non-credit professional certifications. Whether you are looking to complete your undergraduate degree, earn a certificate in areas like Leadership and Business Administration, or complete a non-credit professional certificate course to gain proficiency in a specific business area—CPS has a program to meet your needs. Our goal is to meet your education needs now, as well as whatever they may be in the future. Your education journey is never finished. Continue on your journey with CPS by selecting below the type of education you’re looking for at this time: Undergraduate degrees, professional non-credit certificates, for-credit certificates (post-baccalaureate), or online programs.

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Personal Enrichment Registration for Next Semester

Spring 2017

  • Wednesday, January 24 - **Change of location: Connelly Center, 2nd Floor, Devon Room, 9:00 am to Noon.** (after noon, report to Vasey Hall)
  • Thursday,  January 25 - Vasey Hall 9:00 am to 5:00 pm..

(if you area new student you must complete an application. Click here.)

For more information, please visit the Personal Enrichment page.


  • Building on Success: A Bright Future for Paralegals

    Building on Success: A Bright Future for Paralegals

    Villanova University College of Professional Studies has been producing high-performing paralegal certificate program graduates for over 30 years, and the future is only getting brighter... read more

  • An Ever-Evolving, Lifelong Educational Experience

    An Ever-Evolving, Lifelong Educational Experience

    Villanova can’t help itself. It promises students that learning will be a lifelong project, and it makes good on its word whenever alumni return to campus. read more

  • The Fuel to Reach His Goals

    The Fuel to Reach His Goals

    Mike Bambrick ’16 CPS appreciates a talented rival. Growing up in “Orange” country, the Syracuse, N.Y., native and basketball fan admired what the Wildcats stood for on and off the court. read more

  • Dean’s Reflection on Disney

    Can a world-class university become magical? As I celebrate my first anniversary at Villanova I can attest that this university has its own type of magic. read more

  • 2016 CPS Awards and Convocation

    Recap of 2016 CPS Awards and Convocation Ceremony read more

  • Message to Our Graduates

    We’ve reached the end of the academic year and the completion of your degree program. I remember approaching the end of a degree program feeling as if a heavy weight had fallen off my shoulders. Relief – pride – accomplishment – sadness. read more

  • Leadership & National Championship

    Our Cats are national champions and I would love to talk with you about it…once my voice returns from screaming the team on to victory. The Pavilion literally rocked the night of the game, and I rocked right along with the crowd. Somehow I feel even more a Villanovan after sharing that amazing experience with the Villanova community. read more

  • New Institute for Women's Leadership

    Villanova, Pa. – Villanova University has announced the creation of a new Institute for Women’s Leadership with a $5 million gift from Anne Welsh McNulty ’75 (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), co-founder and managing partner of JBK Partners and former member of the Villanova Board of Trustees. read more

  • Dean Tyksinski's Reflection on Leadership

    As we prepare to celebrate Presidents’ Day, let’s ponder to what degree do you believe presidents Washington and Lincoln are still relevant to us? read more

  • New CRS Certification Introduced

    The College of Professional Studies introduced the Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) program in Fall 2015. The program, which is approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, is built for students interested in enhancing their counseling career by providing recovery support services to those individuals dealing with dependencies. The CRS works peer-to-peer to identify needs and connect participants with the required available resources. In doing so, this community-based service intends to reduce the risk of relapse. read more

  • CEANY Awards

    Deborah J. Tyksinski, PhD, dean of the College of Professional Studies (CPS) at Villanova University, was awarded with the Emeritus Honor by the Continuing Education Association of New York (CEANY). read more

  • Announcing the Part-Time Studies 2015 Bisk Scholarship Winner

    The College of Professional Studies is thrilled to congratulate Brian Donegan, a part-time studies student pursuing his B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in Finance. Brian received this award after demonstrating academic potential and financial need. read more

  • Popular Villanova Professor Seamlessly Combines Business Experience with Teaching Approach

    In Rick Anthony’s professional life, he’s often called the “Connector” because of his extensive network which has benefitted hundreds of people, including many of his students. “I’ve just been on the planet a long time,” he quips. Founder and Managing Director of The Anthony Group, Inc., a management consulting firm, and founder of The Entrepreneurs Network, a venue for early stage ventures and angel investors, Anthony is also a published author, TV host and successful entrepreneur. read more

  • CPS Adjunct Faculty Member and “HR Person of the Year” Talks About the Industry and Gives Sage Advice to Professionals

    July 23, 2015 -Douglas Allen, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, an adjunct faculty member for the HR certificate programs for over 23 years, received a prestigious award at the 2015 SHRM Awards. Allen, the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Cooper Health System, was named “HR Person of the Year,” a significant and widely respected accomplishment within the human resources community. read more

  • CPS Students Teach Introductory Computer Science to Middle School Tech Club

    June 5, 2015 - As part of an independent study course, several students from the College of Professional Studies traveled to a technology club at Julia De Burgas Middle School in North Philadelphia to mentor and teach over twenty students introductory computer science skills. read more

  • Successful Launch of Online Degree

    This spring, The College of Professional Studies (CPS) welcomed our first class of online part-time undergraduate students. The inaugural class of the online undergraduate degree is an important and exciting step forward for CPS, and an opportunity for adults around the country—with commitments such as careers and families—to complete their degree through Villanova University. read more

  • Paralegal Grad Published

    April 27, 2015 - Gailynne Ferguson earned her Paralegal certificate from Villanova University in 2006, and the certification has influenced her career in a multitude of ways since that time. read more

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