GRADUATE LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES

 

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University is an ideal place to pursue your graduate education. Program offerings in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and sciences include more than 20 master's degrees, more than 40 graduate certificates, and PhD programs in Philosophy and Theology. While many of our programs are fully on-campus, online and hybrid options are available in some programs. Take the next step in your career with a graduate degree or certificate from Villanova!

YOUR PASSION. YOUR FUTURE.

Visit Villanova to learn more about what Graduate Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer you! Schedule a campus tour, attend an open house or join us for an online information session.

The graduate programs seek to integrate general education, cultural improvement, and professional excellence. The aims of these programs are:

  • To extend and deepen knowledge by scholarly research;
  • To assist those who wish to secure specialized training in order to improve their occupational competency;
  • To supply the need of advanced training for special purposes, especially in the fields of teaching and other human services;
  • To offer the graduate students the opportunity to join with the faculty of the University in the common pursuit of learning wherein the students are encouraged to develop according to their individual capacities and to learn to live and work together in a community of scholars.

Office of Graduate Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Villanova University
Vasey Hall - Suite 202

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PLAN YOUR VISIT!

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The Office of Graduate Studies offers a multitude of ways to get acquainted with Villanova! From personal tours to events such as Open House and virtual information sessions, we have options to fit your schedule. Plan your visit today!

NEWS AND EVENTS

top view of a laptop with hands typing on keyboard

A.I. and Higher Education: The Rise of ChatGPT

ChatGPT. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Colleges and universities certainly have. It’s the chatbot that uses artificial intelligence (A.I.) to generate sentences based only on a brief prompt, writing anything from college-level papers to fanfiction. And as one might expect, the popular chatbot is taking the academic world by storm, raising questions about trust, academic integrity and even the future of college admissions. We turned to Seth Matthew Fishman, PhD, assistant dean of Curriculum and Assessment and director of the MA in Higher Education Leadership program in the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to get his thoughts.

JANUARY 25, 2023

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Graphic illustrating debt-to-salary ratios comparing two sample schools

Villanova Graduate Programs Earn High Marks in Debt-to-Income Study

Is graduate school worth the debt? A recent study by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) shows that, in many cases, it is. In fact, the two Villanova College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) graduate programs included in the study, Human Resource Development and Public Administration, show a strong income-to-debt ratio, meaning that the median income of graduates far exceeds the median debt incurred during their studies.

JANUARY 19, 2023

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Theology doctoral student Trevor Williams

Theology PhD Student Wins Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality

Theology doctoral student Trevor Williams was recently honored by the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality with its Founder's Circle Prize, which recognizes emerging scholars in the discipline. Williams was invited to present his paper at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meetings this past November in Denver.

JANUARY 18, 2023

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Emory H. Woodard IV, PhD, Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Graduate Dean Accepts Advisory Roles with Key Education Organizations

Emory H. Woodard IV, PhD, Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), has recently accepted advisory roles with two organizations that have important connections to graduate education. Dean Woodard was named to the Executive Committee of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS), which is the regional association of the broader Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). He also joined the Advisory Committee for the Duolingo English Test, which is used to evaluate the language proficiency of international candidates for admission to universities in English-speaking countries.

JANUARY 17, 2023

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AT A GLANCE

2

PHD PROGRAMS IN PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY

  

24

MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS

     

43

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

  

25

SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS AWARDED EACH YEAR

  

60+

STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR

  

1,300+

GRADUATE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE

  

GRADUATE RESOURCES