BALANCE YOUR EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ASPIRATIONS WITH LIFE'S COMMITMENTS
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.
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.