College of Professional Studies

Villanova's College of Professional Studies provides a rigorous Villanova education for working professionals, career changers and lifelong learners. A place for continual learning and growth, CPS offers an array of programs that are on campus and online, flexible, driven by industry trends and focused on applied skills.

No matter the path, CPS provides academically challenging undergraduate degree programs, post-baccalaureate certificates, and non-credit professional programs — both on campus and online — meeting our students' needs and demanding lifestyles.


The Villanova Difference in the College of Professional Studies includes such elements as: our alumni network; competitive tuition; personalized advising; flexible and accelerated course options; and a Villanova education built for professionals.

Undergraduate Degrees

  • Administration and Management - NEW MAJOR!

    The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Administration and Management provides students with the essential knowledge, understanding, and tools needed to become a successful administration and management professional in a variety of fields. read more

  • Computer Science

    Villanova has designed the Bachelors of Science in Computer Science to prepare academically, individuals seeking careers in software development. Villanova’s computer science program emphasizes the theory, abstraction and application of computing. read more

  • English

    The department offers a wide selection of courses from traditional survey courses to courses on contemporary writers, film, and creative writing. English course are well suited to help students become better readers, writers and analytical thinkers. read more

  • General Studies — Available Online and On Campus

    A Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in General Studies provides the flexibility to select courses where you have strong academic interest. The General Studies curriculum requires only 45 core credits allowing you to select 33 additional credits in your major and 42 free elective credits to satisfy degree requirements. read more

  • History

    The History Department offers more than 60 courses in different academic fields and areas of personal interest. Villanova history courses span cultures and decades, from ancient Egypt to modern America. History illuminates the laboratory of human experience and provides the background necessary to understand social movements, literature and religion. read more

  • Information Systems

    Villanova’s BIS in Information Systems emphasizes the application of computing technology in today's workplace. We designed this major to satisfy the demand for business professionals with a combination of technical and business skills. read more

  • Leadership Studies — Available Online and On Campus

    A highly sought-after trait in every industry, CPS offers a bachelor's degree in Leadership Studies, available on campus and online, as well as a post graduate certificate in Leadership Studies. read more

  • Public Service and Administration - Online

    An interdisciplinary program that prepares students to be responsibly engaged citizens, government managers, and community leaders working in the “new public sector.” read more

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

  • Accountancy Certificate

    Villanova’s College of Professional Studies offers a thirty-six credit Certificate in Accountancy through Villanova's School of Business. The Accountancy Certificate allows those with bachelor's degrees in liberal arts or other non-business majors to acquire accounting expertise. read more

  • Information Systems

    Villanova’s College of Professional Studies offers a certificate in Information Systems designed to help you acquire information technology and technology management skills through a broad selection of coursework. (The Information Systems Certificate does not require an undergraduate degree.) read more

  • Leadership Certificate

    Villanova has designed the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership Studies for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in business or liberal arts who wish to acquire a formal background in leadership. This program caters to individuals interested in securing careers in management as well as those who work in small businesses or are self-employed. read more

  • Pre-Health Professions

    Villanova has designed the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Health Professions Science to provide a fundamental science education to students preparing to enroll in a health professional school or pursue a career in the health profession. read more

Non-Credit Professional Programs

  • Alcohol & Drug Counselor Certificate

    Certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) is an advanced certificate for those currently working in the counseling field. Earning CADC enhances a counselor's knowledge base by learning targeted counseling techniques for substance abusers. read more

  • Certified Management Accountant

    The IMA’s Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Certificate Program offered by Villanova University College of Professional Studies (CPS) addresses the needs of managerial finance and accounting professionals as they meet the challenges of the new corporate accounting environment. read more

  • English as a Second Language

    Villanova University's English as a Second Language program was established to assist those for whom English is a second language. The goals of the program are to increase English language fluency and individual confidence in listening, speaking and writing. read more

  • Facilities Management Professional

    Prepare to earn the must-have credential for all facility management professionals and industry suppliers. Course teaches the core topics of facility management. Enhance your knowledge, gain recognition and earn a competitive advantage. read more

  • Fundraising

    The Villanova University Principles of Fundraising certificate provides students with the tools and data driven solutions for their development needs. Through this course students develop a portfolio of strategies and skills to implement goal setting, strategic outreach and communication with donors. read more

  • Human Resources Studies

    For more than 20 years, Villanova University has met the needs of HR professionals in various stages of their careers and developed the region's premier center of excellence for Human Resource study and certification. read more

  • Paralegal Studies

    Our ABA-approved, flexible full-time day or part-time evening program options provide students with the education to pursue their professional goals. Experienced instructors, along with an extensive network of regional law offices and a thriving alumni network, ensures student success upon completion of the program. read more

  • Payroll: The PayTrain® College & University Program

    Villanova University’s PayTrain Level 1 and PayTrain Level 2 courses are designed to increase your payroll knowledge. read more

  • Project Management

    Through the Villanova University Project Management programs students learn the tools and techniques to breakdown an overwhelming work load into manageable elements resulting in measurable growth, economic value added and employee satisfaction and retention. read more

  • Recovery Specialist

    The Recovery Specialist (CRS) certificate program is ideal for individuals who are interested in becoming peer professionals trained to help others move through the recovery process. read more

  • Six Sigma

    Today's businesses are heavily investing in quality improvement initiatives so that they can be leaner and more cost efficient. Waste has been a significant issue in the past for many industries, and methods like Six Sigma have dramatically reduced waste and increased output. read more

  • Supply Chain Management

    Establish yourself as a globally recognized supply chain expert by earning the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designation. Ensure you're prepared with Villanova University's Supply Chain Management course, designed for CSCP credential candidates. Expand your knowledge and practical approaches to global end-to-end supply chain that are critical for career success. read more