College of

Professional Studies

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The College of Professional Studies provides an academically rigorous education to high achieving adults who are balancing educational and professional aspirations with life’s commitments.

High-rigor, high-touch, high-flex and high-tech, CPS offers learners of all ages an academically challenging and collegiate educational experience that is transformative.

CPS offers students a variety of pathways to enrich their lives, enhance their value in the workplace and pursue new careers.  

EXPLORE CPS PROGRAMS

ASSOCIATE'S

Pursue an Associate of Arts degree, offering the utmost flexibility to explore your areas of interest.

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Attain immediately applicable skills and industry-recognized credentials.

BACHELOR'S

Explore full-time, part-time, on campus, online and hybrid degree options, including evening and accelerated courses.

100% ONLINE

Join the Villanova community from anywhere in the world with our 100% online programs.

CERTIFICATES

Learn if a certificate is right for you, including undergraduate and post-baccalaureate options.

CUSTOM CORPORATE

Partner with CPS to deliver customized training for your organization.

THE CPS EXPERIENCE

 

 

NEWS

nick-langan

Student Spotlight: Nick Langan - Finding Passion Both In and Out of the Classroom

In May 2018, Nick Langan set a goal. By enrolling full time in Villanova’s College of Professional Studies, he set out to earn his earn his bachelor’s degree in two years. Along the way, that goal evolved. His eyes were opened to a field, and a style of learning and collaborating, that made him eager to keep going past his bachelor’s. Now, with his undergraduate degree in Information Systems in hand and as the recipient of CPS’ 2020 Grit Award—given annually to the graduate who has shown dedication, courage and character throughout their studies—he’s decided to continue on at Villanova for his master’s in Software Engineering.

OCTOBER 15, 2020

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michele-pistone

IN THE NEWS | Most Asylum Seekers Have No Legal Counsel. This Villanova Program Trains Non-Lawyers to Step In.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The contrast, for a young lawyer in a high-powered New York firm,
couldn’t have been clearer. In 1991, Michele R. Pistone was part of a team of lawyers helping Donald J. Trump restructure his massive debts as his Atlantic City casinos hemorrhaged money. Pistone, who was 25 at the time, recalls walking into her client’s office with closing documents and being greeted by an entire floor-to-ceiling wall of framed magazine covers with his photo.

Fast-forward a few months to the pro bono assignment that would change the course of her career and inspire her to start a program at Villanova University aimed at expanding legal assistance to immigrants and asylum seekers.

OCTOBER 6, 2020

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chad-allen

After 11 Years of Service, This Marine Has His Sights Set on a Bachelor’s Degree

After joining the Marine Corps immediately after high school, Chad Allen served for 11 years.  Although he wasn’t exactly sure what profession he wanted to pursue post service, he had a clear understanding that —whatever he decided— a bachelor’s degree would be essential. “I’m confident that my experience in the Marines coupled with a degree from Villanova will present numerous career opportunities. I feel like I’m part of a community, I have excellent support from the faculty and staff, and I know I’m receiving a first class education from a top university. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

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new immigrant advocate program

IN THE NEWS | New Villanova program tackles ‘justice gap’ for immigrants

CatholicPhilly.com

A new program at Villanova University is helping migrants and refugees by equipping advocates to provide desperately needed legal aid. Launched in August, the Villanova Interdisciplinary Immigrations Studies Training for Advocates (VIISTA) consists of a one-year, fully online curriculum that enables graduates to become U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited representatives.

 

SEPTEMBER 28, 2020

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