Accelerate Your Degree

We know that adult students want to finish their degree in as few semesters as possible without sacrificing the quality of their education. Designed specifically for working adults, our part-time academic programs provide flexibility in addition to academic excellence. Villanova’s accelerated options include the following:

Fast Forward

Review the current FastForward Course Schedule and see how Villanova can help you move quickly towards graduation. These accelerated courses meet seven weeks for 3 ½ hours at a time.  Villanova’s faculty augments these 3 ½ hour meetings with online instruction  FastForward classes are held both fall and spring semesters. Be sure to check the FastForward course schedule for exact dates and times.

Students will be charged tuition for FastForward class unless withdrawal is processed within 24 hours of first class meeting.

Fast Forward Courses Fall 2017 

Fast Forward 1, August 23, 2017 through October 6, 2017

  • LDR 2030 - Leadership and Technology

           Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

  • LDR 5940 - Special Topics and Leadership (Leadership and Spirituality)

           Distance Learning

  • LDR 5000 - Leadership Capstone

           Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

  • CSC 4710 - Info Systems Project Management 

          Wednesdays, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

  • PHI 1000 - Knowledge, Reality, and Self

          Distance Learning

          Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:30pm

  • ETH 2050 - The Good Life

          Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:30pm

FastForward 2, October 16, 2017 through December 11, 2017

  • LDR 2040-100 - Ethics and Leadership

          Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

  • LDR 2070-100 - Strategy Driven Talent Management

           Distance Learning

           TBA

  • CSC 3070 - Emerging Technology Trends

          Mondays, 6:00 - 9pm

  • THL 1000 - Christian Faith and Life

           Distance Learning

           TBA

  • ENG 1975 - Lit. and Writing Seminar

           Distance Learning 

           TBA

Credit By Exam

To encourage independent study and recognize personal knowledge and mastery of subject matter and topics, we provide matriculated students, who have not previously enrolled in an equivalent course, the opportunity to demonstrate academic competency. If you can show evidence of advanced knowledge and successfully pass the departmentally created examination, you could be exempt from certain courses and requirements and earn credits toward your degree.

To participate in the program you must be a matriculated student (accepted into a bachelor's degree program).  You must also show the department offering the exam, that you have sufficient background and a reasonable command of the subject matter.

You may earn a maximum of 30 credit hours though this program and can apply up to three courses in your major field. The cost is $80.00 per credit hour.  Villanova will award a passing grade of P if you pass the exam; we will not record a failing grade. Additional conditions apply - please review in their entirety.

Villanova schedules test dates twice a year: often the Saturday of Fall and Spring break. Syllabi for all challengeable courses are available for your review in the Reserve Room of Falvey Library and in the Dean's Office of the College of Arts and Sciences.

To apply to take an exam, contact the Dean's Office at 610.519.4600.  Villanova will review your eligibility. Once you have approval to proceed, have completed the necessary form, and have secured the appropriate signatures, you will take the form to the Bursar's Office for validation and pay the fee at that time. You must complete the application process at least two weeks before the date of the exam. Once you have taken the exam, the director will notify you, your major department, your dean and the Registrar's Office of your exam results.

For more information, please contact the Dean's Office at 610.519.4600.

Weekend Seminars

The Psychology Department offers one-credit seminars on various topics.  Villanova offers these seminars, meeting on a Friday night from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and on a Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, in the summer and fall terms only. You can apply the credits earned for these weekend courses toward graduation. They are graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and are used as free electives. You may select three different topics to equate to one course and may use this option once in your degree program. You can take the three separate seminars over any number of semesters

Sample Topics Include Memory Improvemen, Time Management, Stress Management, Career Development, Interpersonal Communication, Enhancing One's Mental Health, Managing Change, Motivation, Leadership.

In the Master Schedule for fall, look for these listed in the Undergraduate Evening Courses section under Psychology, PSY 3005. In the Summer Sessions Catalog, look for them under the Psychology listings, PSY 3005.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

As a Part-Time Studies student, you can gain credit by means of the CLEP Subject Examinations as long as:

  • The credit is applicable to your degree program
  • Credit will be given for the Subject Examinations listed below and NOT for the CLEP General Examinations

Note that Villanova considers credits earned through the CLEP Subject Examinations transfer credits. Villanova will apply a maximum of 60 transfer credits, from any combination of appropriate sources toward your degree program.

If you register for any CLEP test, the numerical code for Villanova University is 2959. Your score report will come directly to the Office of Part-Time Studies. A score of 60 or higher on the subject examination will earn credit according to the schedule given below. Your record will carry notation of credit for the courses specified, but will not carry a grade.  Thus, CLEP Subject Examinations will not have an affect on your cumulative average.

CLEP Subject Examination Villanova Course Credits
American Government PSC 1100 3
History of the United States I HIS 1000 3
History of the United States II HIS 1001 3
American Literature ENG 2103, 2104 6
English Literature ENG 2101, 2102 6
General Biology BIO 1505 4
General Chemistry CHM 1050, 1001 4
Introductory Psychology PSY 1000 3
Human Growth & Development PSY 2200 3
Calculus with Elementary Functions MAT 1330, 1335 6
Introductory Sociology SOC 1000 3
Western Civilization II HIS 1050 3
CLEP Test Centers in this Area
Bucks County Community College Newtown 215-968-8466
Delaware County Community College Media 610-359-5322
Delaware Valley Four-Year Independent College Doylestown 215-345-1500
Drexel University Philadelphia 215-895-2594
Gwynedd-Mercy College Upper Gwynedd 215-646-7300
Immaculata College Immaculata 610-647-4400 x3239

Featured Events

  • A Villanova Education, Built for Professionals — As a nationally recognized and respected University, a degree or certificate from Villanova enhances your resume and helps you stand out to employers.
  • Flexible and Accelerated Course Options — Evening and online courses are available, as well as special seminar series. Our accelerated FastForward courses run for seven weeks and enable students to complete their degree or certificate at a faster pace.
  • Personalized Advising — Every student is assigned a dedicated CPS adviser who is available to meet in person, over the phone, or via email to assist in choosing courses and progressing through the program.
  • Competitive Tuition — Tuition and fees for evening courses through CPS are offered at a lower rate. There are also a variety of financial aid and scholarship options.
  • Alumni Network — As part of the Villanova community, you join a powerful and engaged network of over 120,000 alumni across the globe.

New Technology Programs

A variety of technology programs are under development at CPS.