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Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs

Villanova University is a member of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP), which is the professional organization of academic programs providing graduate interdisciplinary education in the liberal arts and sciences. The Association provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among the administrators of program, and a number of resources and opportunities for faculty and students, including the AGLSP National Honor Society of Graduate Liberal Studies.

AGLSP National Honor Society of Graduate Liberal Studies

The AGLSP Honor Society is open to Liberal Studies graduate students who have earned a minimum of 3.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, have at least 24 credits toward their master’s or 16 credits toward the graduate certificate. They will have demonstrated leadership in the classroom and community, and have been selected, approved and invited to join the Honor Society by their enrolling institution.

Research Support and Faculty Mentorship

The Graduate Program in Liberal Studies supports student research in a wide range of scholarly interests that span the scope of the humanities and social sciences. Faculty are dedicated mentors for independent student research.

Conference Travel Grants

The Graduate Studies Office offers grants to allow graduate students to attend research conferences. The funds pay for travel, housing and registration costs.

Summer Research Fellowships

You will also have the opportunity to apply for Summer Research funding through the Graduate Studies Office to support travel and other expenses related to your research while in our program. Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship awards are made on a competitive basis in the amount of $3,500 for work in June, July and August.

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 Liberal Studies. 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.


The Villanova Center for Graduate Research and Education is a student-centered office dedicated to supporting and promoting all of Villanova’s graduate and professional students. The Grad Center provides a strategic, comprehensive, university-wide voice for graduate students and programs at Villanova, grounded in the University’s Augustinian identity, mission and values. Visit the Grad Center.


Program Director
Dr. Emory Woodard



Fall Assistantship: February 1

Fall: Rolling until August 1

Spring: Rolling until December 1

Summer: Rolling until May 1

Begin your application.




Krista Cantrell ’22 MA

Liberal Studies Master’s Degree Helps Recent Grad Align Career and Life Goals with Personal Values

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. READ MORE