PhD Program

The PhD program  admits four funded (tuition and stipend) full-time students, selected competitively, to the program per year. Admission is for the fall semester only.

Master's Programs

Tuition Scholarships and Assistantships

Villanova’s graduate tuition is competitive, and there are a number of ways to finance your master's degree.

Tuition Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, while Graduate Assistantships cover tuition plus a stipend. To be considered for funding, you should apply for fall semester admission. Applicants for spring admission cannot be considered for these awards.

Other Villanova departments and offices also offer assistantships. If you apply, you will still be considered for internal department funding. The deadline to apply for consideration for department scholarships and assistantships is March 1. For more information, visit Financing Your Education.

Church Management Certificate Program

Students enrolled in any one of our master's, certificate, or PhD programs, and alumni of those programs, may apply for a non-credit, non-degree Church Management Certificate earned from the Villanova School of Business. The fee for this 12-webinar series is $899, but Theology students and alumni may receive a $600 scholarship made possible through the Lilly Endowment's National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges for Pastoral Leaders. 

Program launch date is in September each year. For questions about deadlines and program logistics, contact Chesley Turner, Director, Center for Church Management. For questions about the scholarship, contact Jennifer Jackson, ThD, Director of Graduate Programs (master's and certificate). View the scholarship form.

Additional Funding Opportunities

Graduate Resident Ministry

The Graduate Resident Ministry program admits approximately four students annually. It provides room and board, full tuition remission and an annual stipend.

Tuition Reduction for Augustinian Volunteers

Villanova offers a 50% reduction in tuition to Augustinian Volunteers.

Tuition Remission 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.

Travel Grants

The Graduate Studies Office offers grants to attend professional conferences. The funds pay for travel, housing and registration costs. Graduate Studies also offers summer research funding to support travel and other expenses.

Ready for the Next Step?

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

Rachel J. Smith, PhD
Interim Director of Programming & Advising, Ph.D. Program

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 1: 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 Dr. Jennifer Jackson to discuss your options.

Begin Your Application.


CLAS summer research fellowship recipients

2021 Summer Research Fellowship Recipients

Two doctoral students, Nathaniel Grimes and Ailie Posillico, are the recipients of a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowship for 2021. Nathaniel will look at how cultural imagination about policing is formed through theological writing and Ailie's work will demonstrate how Christian literature functions as an alternative space in which to enact otherwise demonized expressions of desire.