Flexibility is a key consideration for adult students working toward a degree or certificate. Villanova's College of Professional Studies (CPS) provides adults with a rigorous Villanova education that can be customized to meet each student's individual needs.

Online, on campus and hybrid program options make it possible to balance all of life's many responsibilities, including full-time careers, raising families, caring for aging parents and more. The accelerated options below allow students to complete their programs at a faster pace.


Deciding to earn your degree is a major life decision. Some students feel that working towards their degree is more attainable if they start small. For example, several CPS credit-bearing certificate programs can serve as a way to explore an interest area and as a first step towards a degree. Another pathway is to first earn an associate's, which enables you to add a degree to your resume and open up career opportunities. Once you've accomplished these milestones, a full bachelor's degree can feel that much more within your reach.

Hear from Villanova College of Professional Studies staff and students about how our programs are flexible for adult students.




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Campus, Online,
& Hybrid

Nearly all majors are available 100% online, and most have the option of on campus courses as well.

Evening Courses

Many CPS students are full-time working professionals, so classes are held in the evening to accommodate busy schedules.

Transfer Credits

CPS allows students to transfer in up to 90 credits from regionally accredited institutions.

Community Colleges

CPS has agreements with several community colleges for dual/guaranteed admission after earning an Associate's Degree.

Combined BIS/MS Programs

CPS students pursuing a graduate degree can take 9 credits at the end of their undergraduate degree program that double count towards their master's degree.

CLEP/Exam Credits

The College Level Examination Program and Villanova Challenge Exam assess college-level knowledge and provides a mechanism for earning college credits. If earned, these credits are considered transfer credits.