PHD PROGRAM APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

The College of Engineering offers a distinctive PhD program leading to a Doctorate of Philosophy. The PhD can be earned with a focus on any of the engineering programs offered in the College of Engineering.

  1. Application Fee* of fifty dollars ($50.00) payable online prior to submitting your completed application.

  2. Transcripts** from all undergraduate and graduate universities attended. Unofficial transcripts from U.S. schools are acceptable for application review and may be uploaded in the online application. Official transcripts must be provided upon an offer of admission. Official transcripts are required for all International schools.

  3. Two (2) Applicant Rating Forms completed by your recommenders:

    Recommender 1 - One (1) academic recommender

    Recommender 2 - One (1) professional recommender (If a professional recommender is not available, a second academic recommender is acceptable).

    You will be prompted to provide two (2) recommender’s email addresses within your online application. These recommenders will receive an email with a link to electronically complete our recommendation process. Recommenders will be required to complete an Applicant Rating Form and upload a supplemental letter of recommendation.

    All recommenders must have professional email addresses. Personal email addresses (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo, Comcast) WILL NOT be accepted. An acceptable professional email address is from an educational institution, a business, or the government.

  4. Statement of Purpose - While there are no specific guidelines regarding the content or formatting of this document, you should consider describing your background, your academic and professional interests, and what specifically about Villanova’s College of Engineering drew you to apply to our graduate program. 

  5. Resume

  6. Official GRE Scores sent directly from ETS. Villanova University Institution Code is 2959.

  7. Complete online application by hitting 'Submit' as the final step.
  1. Application Fee* of fifty dollars ($50.00) payable online prior to submitting your completed application.

  2. Transcripts
    Transcripts from International Schools 
    - Applicants must submit official university/college transcripts bearing the seal of the institution and the signature of the Registrar. These transcripts must be sent directly by mail from your Registrar's Office. Transcripts are required for all previous undergraduate (and graduate where applicable) education. Students who apply prior to completion of their undergraduate (or graduate) work are expected to submit the most up-to-date transcript available. If offered admission, which is contingent upon satisfactory degree completion, you will be expected to submit an updated official transcript showing the conferred degree, conferral date, and final cumulative G.P.A.. Transcripts should be sent to: COE Graduate Programs Office, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, CEER 309, Villanova, PA 19085
  3. Transcripts from U.S. Schools - Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application review. You may upload a copy of your unofficial transcript in the online application. Official transcripts must be provided upon an offer of admission**

  4. Credential Evaluation - Villanova requires that transcripts from colleges and universities outside the U.S. and Canada undergo a course-by-course analysis by World Education Services or SpanTran. Students are responsible for paying all fees for such evaluations and must make arrangements with the credential evaluation company to send and receive their documents. 

  5. Two (2) Applicant Rating Forms completed by your recommenders:

    Recommender 1 - One (1) academic recommender

    Recommender 2 - One (1) professional recommender (If a professional recommender is not available, a second academic recommender is acceptable).

    You will be prompted to provide two (2) recommender’s email addresses within your online application. These recommenders will receive an email with a link to electronically complete our recommendation process. Recommenders will be required to complete an Applicant Rating Form and upload a supplemental letter of recommendation.

    All recommenders must have professional email addresses. Personal email addresses (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo, Comcast) WILL NOT be accepted. An acceptable professional email address is from an educational institution, a business, or the government.

  6. Statement of Purpose - While there are no specific guidelines regarding the content or formatting of this document, you should consider describing your background, your academic and professional interests, and what specifically about Villanova’s College of Engineering drew you to apply to our graduate program.

  7. Resume

  8. Official GRE Scores sent directly from ETS. Villanova University Institution Code is 2959.

  9. Official TOEFL or IELTS Scores sent directly from testing centers. Photo copies are not accepted. Waived if applicant has a degree from a college/university in the U.S.

  10. Complete online application by hitting 'Submit' as the final step.

I-20 Transfer Applicants Official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities (domestic and International) must be received before Villanova will initiate an I-20 transfer.

*Application Fee

If you have been provided with an application fee waiver code, please complete the fee waiver form linked on the “Specific Program Instructions” tab in the online application.

Application fee will be waived for students with a Villanova degree. Please request a waiver code by completing the online form linked on the “Specific Program Instructions” tab in the online application.

**Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from U.S. colleges/universities can be uploaded in the online application portal. The admissions committee will review your application based on unofficial transcripts. If an offer of admission is made, it will be contingent upon you submitting official, final university/college transcripts bearing the seal of the institution and the signature of the Registrar. These transcripts must be sent directly by mail or by electronic transmission from your Registrar's Office prior to enrollment. Transcripts are required for all previous undergraduate (and graduate where applicable) education. One copy of each transcript is sufficient. Students who apply prior to completion of their undergraduate (or graduate) work are expected to submit the most up-to-date transcript available. If offered admission, which is contingent upon satisfactory degree completion, you will be expected to submit an updated official transcript showing the conferred degree, conferral date, and final cumulative G.P.A.. Students who fail to submit official transcripts at least two weeks before the first day of classes will not be permitted to enroll.

Official, hardcopy transcripts must be sent to: COE Graduate Programs Office, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Ave., CEER 309, Villanova, PA 19085. Official electronic transcripts can be submitted via email to: engineering.grad@villanova.edu

PHD APPLICATION DEADLINES

February 15 - Fall deadline for domestic and international applicants

September 15 - Spring deadline for domestic and international

Engineering Programs Office

CEER 309