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Applicants to graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Science are admitted wholly on individual merit. Villanova University does not discriminate against anyone seeking admission on the basis of their race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or sex.

Before you begin your application, please review the general admissions policies on this page, and please explore the web pages of your program of interest for further information about application deadlines, admissions criteria, curriculum requirements, course offerings, resources for students and other discipline-specific details. You may also review application deadlines for each program.

The Office of Graduate Studies also offers additional resources for current teachers, military and veterans, and international students.

For application details and deadlines, please visit your program of interest.

Bachelor’s Degree
All applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies. All applicants in their last year of undergraduate study at the time of application should provide a transcript of all courses completed to date. A final transcript must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office listing the degree received and the date the degree was conferred.

All applicants must have completed the undergraduate prerequisites for graduate study in their proposed program. These prerequisites are detailed on each program’s admission requirements page.

Non-Matriculated and Visitor Applications
Applicants who wish to apply as non-matriculated (non-degree seeking) or visiting students must contact the Office of Graduate Studies to request the application. Please email in order to apply.

Before you begin your application, please review these general requirements and your individual program requirements and admission deadlines in order to make the application process as seamless as possible.

Application Requirements

  • The online application for your program.

  • Nonrefundable application fee: $50 payable by credit card online.

Note: The application fee may be waived for the following individuals: 1) Those who already hold a Villanova University degree (undergraduate or graduate) 2) Those who have attended a Villanova Event (e.g. open house, online information session) 3) McNair Scholars. We ask McNair Scholars to have their program administrator send a letter or email to us confirming your participation in the program.

  • Letters of Recommendation: Check your program-specific requirements for details. We prefer that you use the online recommendation system embedded in our online application. Recommendations should be submitted by those who can speak to your capacity for graduate study. Ideally, letters should be academic in nature, but some programs may also accept professional letters.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities where you earned 10 or more credit hours are required (undergraduate and graduate where applicable). Unofficial copies may be uploaded in your online application for review. Official transcripts are required for all applicants who receive an offer of admission and want to enroll.

Electronic transcripts are preferred and should be sent by the institution(s) to:

Or find Graduate Programs, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova University listed in the transcript service recipient options.

Paper transcripts should be sent to:

Villanova University
Graduate Studies Office
Vasey Hall, Suite 109
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085

If you are unable to have an official transcript sent to us officially through your university registrar’s office, please contact us as soon as possible.

All applicants in their last year of undergraduate study at the time of application should provide a transcript of all courses completed to date. A final transcript must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office listing the degree received and the date the degree was conferred.

  • All application materials must be submitted electronically on the application form. There is no need to mail copies of documents. The only document that may be mailed to our office is the official transcript or a score report from a test center that does not offer electronic delivery. 

Additional Materials
Programs may also require additional materials including:

  • General GRE scores. Learn more about the GRE. Villanova's school code is 2959. Official GRE scores needs to be sent via ETS.
  • Supplemental information such as Resume, Statement of Goals or Writing Sample

International Applicants

International Applicants need to submit additional application materials:

  • Official TOEFLIELTS or Duolingo English Test scores. Villanova's school code is 2959.
  • Credentials Evaluation. Transcripts from colleges and universities outside of the U.S. and Canada must include a certified course-by-course evaluation provided by one of the organizations listed on the NACES website in addition to the original language document.
  • Financial Certification (will be required upon acceptance).

New Students
Requests for transfer of credit for graduate work completed prior to enrolling at Villanova must be made at the time of application. No requests will be reviewed after the first semester of enrollment.

Enrolled Students
Students already enrolled in a master's degree program at Villanova University who wish to take a graduate course at another institution for credit toward their Villanova graduate degree must obtain written approval from the Graduate Program Director and the Dean before the course is taken.

Learn more about Transfer of Credit policies and procedures.



International students join a robust global community at Villanova. Learn more about application requirements and resources for international students.


Villanova is honored to support the outstanding individuals who are serving or who have served in the U.S. Military while they pursue their higher education goals. Learn more about education assistance benefits and resources for veterans and current military.


Villanova loves teachers! Each year, some of the brightest and most ambitious teachers in the Philadelphia area pursue our degrees and certificates to enrich their understanding of their subject matter and enhance their pedagogical repertoire. Learn more about tuition discounts for teachers.

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