RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Financing Your Education
Villanova’s graduate school tuition is very competitive, and there are a number of ways to finance your master's degree in Human Resource Development. All of the classes, both on-campus and online) are held in the evenings, permitting you to work while in the program whether you are studying part-time or full-time. Your employer may offer tuition assistance benefits!
The program offers a number of Graduate Assistantships, which 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.
These assistantships require 20 hours of work for the HRD program per week. Graduate assistants are ambassadors of the HRD program and work with the office on research projects, program initiatives and events.
If you are interested in applying for a graduate assistantship, you must submit your application by March 1. Candidates will be contacted for interviews.
To apply to be a graduate assistant, you must submit GRE exam scores and the Application for Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship. Please submit this application to: email@example.com by March 1. GRE exam results must be sent directly to: Villanova University (school code: 2959).
Other Campus Funding
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.
HRD Academic Calendar and Advising
For all general advising questions, such as registration, scheduling and registration PINs, students should contact HRD Program Coordinator, Keith Grohowski.
For questions about tailoring elective options to meet career goals, or discussion about career options within HR, please reach out to HRD Program Coordinator, Keith Grohowski, to schedule an appointment with a faculty advisor.
HRD Academic Calendar
The HRD Program academic calendar uses two 8-week terms per semester: Fall I, Fall II, Spring I, Spring II, Summer I and Summer II. The HRD Program academic calendar does not follow the same start and end dates as the regular university calendar. To see the start and end dates for the HRD semesters and terms, see the CLAS Graduate Studies Academic Calendar and click the HRD online and campus tab.
HR Recertification Credits
Our classes are approved for both HRCI and SHRM recertification credits: a 3-credit class is worth 30 recertification credits, and a 1-credit class is worth 10 credits.
Our classes are scheduled in the evenings and are convenient for those working full time. On campus classes are scheduled from either 5:20 - 7:20 p.m. or 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. ET. Online courses are all scheduled from 8:30-10:30 p.m. ET. All 3-credit on campus and online classes are scheduled once per week, Monday-Thursday, and run for 8 weeks at a time; 1.5-credit electives run for 4 weeks. Search the Master Schedule.
How to Apply to Take Classes as a Non-matriculated Student
If you are interested in applying to take HRD classes at Villanova, simply email the Office of Graduate Studies, to request an application to apply as a non-matriculated student. You must have successfully completed your bachelor's degree to enroll in these master's-level classes. You can choose to apply for the master's degree or a certificate program at a later time.
As a non-matriculated student, students can take up to 12 credits in graduate programs. HR professionals who are looking to stay up to date on current HR trends may choose to take classes in this status, as well as earning recertification credits for their certificate through HRCI or SHRM. Students can also choose to apply into one of our programs after taking classes as a non-matriculated student.
To apply, students must submit the non-matriculated application as well as official transcripts from the undergraduate institution.
Villanova University SHRM Chapter
The Villanova University SHRM Chapter is an active student group founded in 1985. This student organization is an affiliate of the Society of Human Resource Management.
VUSHRM is run by a Board of HRD graduate students who organize and coordinate interactive programming for students in the Human Resource Development graduate program and all VUSHRM members. Learn more about the Villanova SHRM Chapter.
Student Services, Research Support and Policies
The College of Liberal Arts and Science Office of Graduate Studies offers a wide range of services and support for graduate students, as well as opportunities to connect with graduate students from other disciplines. Visit the Graduate Studies Student Services, Research Support and Policies page to learn more about research funding opportunities, student organizations, academic policies and procedures, graduation information, and more!
Visit the HRD Corner! We use this blog to share our thoughts on the world of HR, share alumni, student and faculty stories, and to keep you informed about our program and upcoming events throughout the year!
MARCH 1: For admission with funding consideration for the fall.
AUGUST 1: For admission without funding for the fall.
DECEMBER 18: For admission without funding for the spring.
APRIL 10: For admission without finding for the summer. (Please note, international students are not eligible to apply for the summer term.)
ONLINE: Rolling with courses beginning every eight weeks.
Please contact Keith Grohowski with questions related to admissions.