The Graduate Program in Theology offers comprehensive programming in graduate studies. Villanova’s Augustinian heritage is reflected in a “faith engaging culture” approach integrating the mind and heart in service of the church and world. We use a portfolio review system to assess each of our programs in light of their distinct learning goals. Master’s students find placements in ministry, education, and doctoral studies. The PhD in Theology program was launched in Fall 2016. Our Heart of Teaching Program prepares master’s and doctoral students for roles of educational leadership within the academy and beyond.

Our Graduate Program in Theology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools ( and is approved to offer the following degrees:

  • Master of Arts in Ministry and Theology
  • Master of Arts in Theology
  • Master of Theological Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy.

Jennifer Jackson, ThD
Director of Master's and Certificate Programs

Stefanie Knauss, PhD
Co-Director, Ph.D. Program - Programming & Advising

Jonathan Yates, PhD
Director of Admissions, Ph.D. Program 

Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Villanova University
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
St. Augustine Center Room 203
Villanova, PA 19085



January 8: For admission to the PhD program with or without assistantship

February 1: For admission to master's programs with funding consideration

August 1: For admission to master's or certificate programs without funding for the fall

December 1: For admission to master's or certificate programs without funding for the spring

If you have missed a master's or certificate program deadline, please contact the program coordinator to discuss your options.

Begin your application.


Elisha Chi, doctoral candidate, was named the recipient of an Honorary Dissertation Fellowship, Louisville Institute, August 2023. Chi was also awarded a 2023 Villanova Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship.

Perdian Tumanan, doctoral student, was selected as one of the Roothbert Fund Fellows for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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Elisha Chi
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Perdian Tumanan