NEWS AND EVENTS
Graduate Open House and Reception
Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - 6 p.m. ET
Find out why the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the ideal place to continue your academic journey! Join us for our Fall Graduate Open House and Reception where you can enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres as you mingle with faculty and students from your program of interest. Our Fall Open House and Reception is a great way to get a feel for what graduate student life is like at Villanova.
Virtual Information Sessions
Join us for a virtual information session to learn more about the admissions process and graduate student life at Villanova. We save plenty of time for Q & A. All attendees will receive an application fee waiver code for Graduate Arts & Sciences graduate programs.
Space is limited for these events, so register now and we'll send you a web link to participate and reminder messages. All times Eastern Time. If you are an International Student, we strongly encourage you to attend an International Session, as they are designed to address your specific admissions process.
|International Session||Sept. 21, 2023||3 p.m. ET||Register now!|
|General Session with Student Panel||Oct. 26, 2023||5:30 p.m. ET||Register now!|
|General Session||Nov. 10, 2023||12 p.m. ET||Register now!|
|General Session||Dec. 14, 2023||12 p.m. ET||Register now!|
|General Session||Jan. 4, 2024||12 p.m. ET||Register now!|
|International Session||Jan. 18, 2024||3 p.m. ET||Register now!|
Ask Me Anything (AMA) Series
An Ask Me Anything (AMA) session is your chance to hear directly from Villanova graduate students. Each AMA will have a virtual Q&A via Zoom with current students around topics such as graduate student life at Villanova, housing options, funding opportunities and more! All attendees will receive an application fee waiver code for Graduate Arts & Sciences graduate programs. Staff will be on hand to facilitate discussion.
Program-Specific Virtual Information Sessions
Join us for an upcoming virtual information session dedicated to one of our graduate academic programs. Space is limited for these events, so register now and we'll send you a web link to participate and reminder messages. All times Eastern Time.
|Human Resource Development (HRD)||Oct. 4, 2023||12 p.m. ET||Register now!|
|Human Resource Development (HRD)||Oct. 4, 2023||6 p.m. ET||Register now!|
|Public Administration (MPA)||Oct. 17, 2023||3 p.m. ET||Register now!|
|Public Administration (MPA)||Nov. 13, 2023||12 p.m. ET||Register now!|
|Human Resource Development (HRD)||Nov. 14, 2023||12 p.m. ET||Register now!|
|Human Resource Development (HRD)||Nov. 14, 2023||6 p.m. ET||Register now!|
|Human Resource Development (HRD)||Dec. 6, 2023||12 p.m. ET||Register now!|
|Human Resource Development (HRD)||Dec. 6, 2023||6 p.m. ET||Register now!|
|Public Administration (MPA)||Dec. 13, 2023||3 p.m. ET||Register now!|
Graduate Fairs and Campus Visits
Graduate Studies goes on the road and online to attend Graduate School Fairs hosted by other universities and organizations. If you are currently an undergraduate student at one of the schools or an employee at an organization we visit, please stop by our table at the event to pick up brochures and get some general questions answered!
|GEM Consortium||Sept. 16, 2023|
|McNair Conference at UMBC||Sept. 16, 2023|
|University of Virginia||Sept. 27, 2023|
|College of William and Mary||Sept. 29, 2023|
|Holy Family University||Sept. 30, 2023|
|Albright College||Oct. 4, 2023|
|Morgan State University||Oct. 11, 2023|
|Ursinus College||Oct. 19, 2023|
|Rutgers University - Camden||Oct. 25, 2023|
|Diversity Recruitment Partners (Virtual)||Oct. 26, 2023|
|National Diversity Graduate STEM Fair (Virtual)||Nov. 7, 2023|
|Drexel University||Nov. 9, 2023|
|Kutztown University||Nov. 13, 2023|
History Graduate Student’s Research Opportunities Give Way to Professional Development, Historical Findings and Igniting Change
September 25, 2023 - Colin McCrossan ’23 MA began conducting independent research after he graduated from McGill University with a BA in History in 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. He never imagined his research on the history of slavery in southeastern Pennsylvania would lead him to Villanova University’s History graduate program, but after being introduced to Professor Judith Giesberg, PhD, the Robert M. Birmingham Chair in the Humanities, McCrossan couldn’t pass up the opportunity to learn more about his home state’s history with slavery. He quickly found that Villanova History was the perfect place to both continue his research and prepare for a career in law.
In her role as Program Manager for Renewable Energy at the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability, Charlotte Shade ’19 MS focuses on municipal energy conservation, efficiency and emissions reductions. Some of her responsibilities include buying renewable electricity for city buildings, mapping the potential for solar panels and analyzing energy use data. Shade’s research work and use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Villanova’s master’s program in Environmental Science helped prepare her for a career that blends her passion for sustainability with the skills to help solve complex environmental issues.
July 25, 2023 - Four graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences earned Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for 2023-24. In total, 25 Villanova University students and alumni received the competitive grant this year. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, offering students grants to conduct research, study and teach abroad. Villanova has been listed among the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Students for more than a decade.
Applied Statistics and Data Science Master’s Program Evolves to Meet Industry Demand, Expand Career Options
July 24, 2023 - For many years, U.S. News has ranked “Statistician” as one of the best and fastest growing jobs in the country. More recently, “Data Scientist” has also appeared high in those rankings, a trend that mirrors changes in the industry. To better match industry demand and evolution of the program, Villanova has adjusted the curriculum and changed the name of its master’s program in applied statistics to “Applied Statistics and Data Science.”
June 23, 2022 - CONCEPT, the scholarly journal of graduate students in the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, launched its 2023 edition with a recognition event this spring. The CONCEPT Graduate Research Prize was awarded to James Wojtal, a master's student in English, for "Legibility and Annotation: Reading Images and Words by Wendy Red Star, Thomas Harriot, and Theodore De Bry."
June 22, 2023 - The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a guidebook so embedded into the US healthcare system that all mental health professionals—from counselors to social workers—must assign clients a DSM-generated diagnosis in order to receive reimbursement for their services. A new paper by Villanova professors Krista Malott, PhD, and Terence Yee, PhD, along with a colleague from New Zealand, critically evaluates this model.
Villanova Liberal Studies Master’s Degree Helps Recent Grad Align Career and Life Goals with Personal Values
May 17, 2023 - Krista Cantrell ’22 MA began her graduate studies in the summer of 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic and civil unrest. During this time of isolation and uncertainty, Villanova’s master’s program in Liberal Studies served as both an opportunity to connect with others and as a path to align her career with her personal values of equity and justice. Cantrell’s academic excellence led to her induction into the National Honor Society of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, and, today, she works for a national nonprofit focused on changing the conversation about mental health.
May 16, 2023 - On Saturday, May 20, 2023, the three inaugural graduates of the Villanova University doctoral program in Theology will gather on stage at the Master's and Doctoral Degree Commencement and Recognition Ceremony inside Villanova Stadium. University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, will bestow upon them their academic hoods—a symbolic act recognizing their successful completion of the program and their transition from students to colleagues of the faculty. The Rev. Rebecca Irwin-Diehl '23 PhD, Andre Price '23 PhD and Sister Theresa Dung Trang, LHC, '23 PhD, who all entered the program in 2017, will make history as the first cohort of Theology PhD students to graduate.
May 5, 2023 - Villanova University graduate Chemistry student Eliana Uriona was the first runner-up at the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on April 28, 2023. Uriona advances to the Council of Graduate Schools national 3MT competition in December.
April 11, 2023 - The Villanova Department of Theatre and Studio Art boasts faculty who are accomplished scholars in the field and acclaimed practitioners of the craft. This spring, Associate Professor James Ijames, MFA, debuted his Pulitzer-winning play FAT HAM on Broadway; Associate Professor Chelsea Phillips, MFA, PhD, published two articles in scholarly journals; Assistant Professor Bess Rowen, PhD, edited and contributed an introduction to a revised edition of A Streetcar Named Desire; and Assistant Professor Peter Hilliard, BM, MFA, composed a new opera, Inbox Zero.