Tuition Scholarships and Assistantships

Villanova’s graduate school tuition is very competitive, and there are a number of ways to finance your MA in English. 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 considerable number of graduate Tuition Scholarships and Assistantships. The Tuition Scholarships cover tuition for the program in exchange for seven hours per week of work as a research assistant for one of the graduate English faculty members. The Graduate Assistantships cover tuition and provide a stipend of more than $17,000 per year. In exchange for this aid, Graduate Assistants work 13 hours per week in the University Writing Center and seven hours per week as a research assistant. 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. The deadline to apply with consideration for department scholarships and assistantships is March 1.

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.

We have enthusiastically welcomed teachers into our program since its creation in the early 1950s. Each year some of the brightest and most ambitious English teachers in the Philadelphia area pursue our degree in order to enrich their understanding of their subject matter and enhance their pedagogical repertoire. If you are a certified teacher, our program also helps you to meet the requirements of Act 48 and to achieve the official designation of “Highly Qualified Teacher.” The GRE requirement will be waived for teachers with a teacher certification.

Our program offers the flexibility that you need as a teacher. All of our two-hour seminars are held in the evening, at 5:20 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., to accommodate your work schedule. If you wish, you may pursue the program part-time on a schedule that is comfortable for you. You will also have opportunities to complete coursework during the summer months. 

Our MA curriculum schedule fits well with the teaching schedule and lifestyle. If you prefer an additional pedagogical emphasis, we welcome you to pursue the teaching track within our program. This track permits you to do the following:

  1. Take two courses in the Education program as part of your English MA studies.
  2. Design final seminar paper topics in two of your classes that address pedagogical issues related to the course materials.
  3. Develop your thesis or field examination topic in line with your pedagogical interests.

If you have questions or would like to talk to a teacher who is currently in the program or has recently completed it, please contact the Graduate Director, Evan Radcliffe, PhD.

For more information about how Villanova works with teachers, and for recent alumni testimonials, visit the page Villanova Loves Teachers!

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. Through the Villanova Irish Studies Program, you can compete for the opportunity to receive funding to travel to and work at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

Department of English
St. Augustine Center
Room 402

Dr. Evan Radcliffe
Graduate Program Director

Mike Malloy
Graduate Program Coordinator


March 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. Radcliffe to discuss your options.

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