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Villanova Communication Alumni Network (VCAN)

The Villanova Communication Alumni Network (VCAN) is an exciting alumni program designed to connect those working in all areas of communication, including advertising, radio, TV, film, graphic arts, journalism, marketing, media, academia, public relations and more with other alumni. These connections lead to many new networking opportunities, mentorship relationships, as well as create internship and job possibilities for current Villanova students. Membership is open to all graduate and undergraduate alumni who work or study in the industry. For more information please contact Bill Cowen, EdD, at or 610-519-7921.

Tuition Scholarships and Assistantships

Villanova’s graduate school tuition is very competitive, and there are a number of ways to finance your master's degree in Communication. All of the classes are held in the evenings, permitting you to work while in the program whether you are studying part-time or full-time.

The program offers a number of graduate Tuition Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships. The Tuition Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, while the Graduate Assistantships cover tuition plus a stipend. To be considered for these funding sources, you should apply for admission in the fall semester. Applicants for spring admission cannot be considered for these awards.

There are also assistantships offered by other Villanova departments and offices. If you apply for other University assistantships, you will still be considered for internal department funding.

For more information, visit Financing Your Education.

Benefits for Teachers

Villanova offers a 20% tuition discount if you teach in a public or private school, and a 40% discount if you teach at a Catholic school.

Research Conference Grants

The Graduate Studies Office offers grants to allow graduate students to attend various research conferences. The funds pay for travel, housing and registration costs. You will also have the opportunity to apply for Summer Research funding to support travel and other expenses related to your research while in our program.



Lauren Dugan '15 CLAS,  '19 MA Communication

"I would not be where I am now if not for the Villanova Communication Department. I’m so thankful for the department’s faculty, who I became so close with during my time as an undergraduate and graduate student. As an undergraduate, they recommended me for FOX29 Philly’s Jr. Reporter program that kick-started my career and led to my current reporting position at the television station. The graduate faculty also worked with me while I traveled back and forth from campus to North Carolina so I could continue reporting at a television station in Charlotte. As a Villanova Communication student, I learned how to ask tough questions and develop a global perspective as a journalist. My Villanova education allowed me to explore and ultimately brought me back home."

- Lauren Dugan '15 CLAS, '19 MA, Three-time Emmy-nominated reporter at FOX29 Philadelphia, Adjunct Professor The College of New Jersey 

Ready for the Next Step?

Department of Communication
Garey Hall Room 28 Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085 
Tel: 610.519.6434

Director: Dr. Jie Xu
Administrative Assistant: Kelly Doyle 




February 1: For admission with funding consideration

August 1: For admission without funding for the fall

December 1: For admission without funding for the spring

If you have missed a deadline, please contact Dr. Jie Xu to discuss your options.

Begin your application.



Micki Burdick '18 MA

Passion for Social Change and Activism Drives Communication Master’s Student to Pursue Doctorate

Micki Burdick ’18 MA joined the Villanova University Master’s program in Communication with a passion for activism and aspirations to improve her writing and research skills. She is now pursuing a PhD in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy at the University of Iowa.