ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


The College of Professional Studies is pleased to offer an Associate of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies degree and a variety of certificate programs.

Students in the College of Professional Studies are typically working professionals who are seeking to complete their degree or credit-bearing certificate in a flexible manner. Our students have typically earned prior college credit and/or an Associate’s degree. For students without earned college credit, we require a minimum of four years post-secondary work experience, military experience, professional education, or a combination of the three before applying to our degree or credit-bearing certificate programs.

Students in the College of Professional Studies, on average, are 37 years old with 5-11 years work experience and have generally earned at least 15 college credits. For information regarding Villanova’s programs geared towards traditional-aged undergraduate learners, please visit the Office of University Admissions for additional information.

Prospective adult students interested in applying to a degree or credit-bearing program in the College of Professional Studies will need to submit the following to be considered for admissions:

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Unofficial transcript(s) for each school attended. Official transcripts must be received before registration.
  • Official high school transcript or GED certificate is required for students who have not earned at least 15 college credits.
  • Essay discussing your educational interests and professional goals. Essay submission details
  • Current resume.
  • $50 application fee.

Information Systems or Leadership

  • Unofficial college transcript(s) for each school attended. Official transcripts must be received before registration.
  • Official high school transcript or GED certificate is required for students who have not earned at least 15 college credits.
  • $50 application fee.

Accountancy 

  • Unofficial college transcript(s) documenting the award of a Baccalaureate degree. Official transcripts must be received before registration.
  • $50 application fee.

Pre-Health Professions

  • Unofficial college transcript(s) documenting the award of a Baccalaureate degree. Official transcripts must be received before registration.
  • $50 application fee.
  • A statement of purpose describing your career and educational goals, reasons for pursuing the Pre-Health Certificate, and please explain if you believe your transcripts and previous academic history do not present an accurate picture of your academic ability. Your statement of purpose should be around 1-2 pages.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Official transcripts should be sent directly to CPS from the Institution:

Mail:
Villanova University
College of Professional Studies
Vasey Hall, Room 103
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Email CPS

In addition to the above degree requirements, international degree-seeking students must also submit:

  • Official English translation of transcripts by WES or NACES-approved agency
  • TOEFL or IELTS for non-native English speakers
  • Completed Certification of Finances form along with bank statement (dated no later than three months prior to the submission of your application) showing the ability to meet tuition and living expenses. If the bank statement is not in the applicant's name, then a letter of support must accompany the bank statement of the account holder stating he/she will financially support the application while he/she is attending Villanova.

All international CPS students must secure their own housing.

International students are only admitted to the following CPS Programs:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership (BA)
  • Paralegal Professional Program

The College of Professional Studies welcomes Veteran and Military Service members to explore our programs. CPS offers flexible options to fit the needs of Veterans, Service members, and Military-Connected Students.  

As a proud Yellow Ribbon Program member, CPS also accepts Joint Service Transcripts (JST) to help service members earn valuable credit for their training and experience.  

For more information, please visit our Office of Veterans and Military Service Members webpage.

Students who have voluntarily withdrawn from the College of Professional Studies for one calendar year may submit a petition for re-admission.

  • The decision to re-admit is made by the Dean, in consultation with the Directors of Admissions and Enrollment and Academic Programs.
  • Full Re-Admission Policy

Villanova accepts up to 60 transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions. In addition, CPS has transfer agreements with Delaware County Community College, Montgomery County Community College and Community College of Philadelphia. See our Transfer Credit Policy for more information on which credits will transfer to CPS, as well as our procedures and guidelines.

View more details about transfer and community college agreements.

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APPLICATION DEADLINES
Spring Deadline  January 18
Spring II Deadline  March 8

College of Professional Studies

800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Vasey Hall, Room 103
Villanova, PA 19085

Maps & Directions to Campus

Important Notices for Online Prospective and Current Students

The following includes important information regarding the University’s authorization status, students’ responsibilities related to relocation and programs leading to professional licensures, and the complaint process for online students.

Read the Notices for Distance Education Programs

BIS vs. BA

The primary difference between a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is the core curriculum that must be completed for each.

Students completing the BIS degree follow a 45-credit core curriculum. This provides more flexibility and choices in selecting classes.

Students completing the BA degree follow the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 50-credit core curriculum, which includes foreign language courses and science courses with a lab.

STUDENT PERSPECTIVES