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.




FastForward courses are on campus and/or online over seven weeks in the Fall and Spring semesters. Click here to see more!

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 has a generous transfer credit policy, allowing students to transfer in up to 90 credits from regionally accredited institutions.

Community College Dual Admission

CPS has agreements with several local 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.


All students, faculty and staff who will be on campus are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information, visit the University's Vaccine Info webpage.


FastForward 2 Deadline - October 12
Spring Deadline - January 10

College of Professional Studies

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

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Important Notices for Distance Education Students

The following includes important information for students participating in online courses, online programs and/or on-ground clinicals or practicums while physically located outside of Pennsylvania.

Read the Notices for Distance Education Students

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.