The College of Professional Studies offers FastForward courses on campus and online over seven weeks in the Fall and Spring semesters.  These courses typically utilize a combination of class meetings (either virtual or in-person), online activities, and/or other assignments to afford students with an accelerated time frame to earn three credits.  


FALL 2020

FastForward 1

August 24 - October 8

FastForward 2

October 19 - December 10



FastForward 3

January 11 - February 25

FastForward 4

March 8 - April 25

There are no classes Monday, March 2 through Friday, March 6 for Spring Break or Friday, April 10 for Good Friday.

To view upcoming FastForward courses, follow these instructions: 

Navigate to Villanova's Master Schedule of Classes and select term of interest and Detail Search, then click submit. In the Attribute Type field, select Fast Forward Course, then click Class Detail Search.


Absences by students in FastForward classes are problematic due to the limited number of class sessions.  If a student expects to miss more than one session, they should be discouraged from enrolling in the class.  If an enrolled student misses more than one session, they should provide documentation for the extenuating circumstance resulting in their absence(s) for it to be considered “excused.”  Excused absences include the list offered in the Class Attendance Policy.  Faculty should clearly outline in their syllabus any potential make-up work allowed for excused absences, or grade penalties associated with unexcused absences. 

Students may add or drop a FastForward course within the first week of the class meeting with no financial penalty, per the Tuition Reversal Schedule from the Bursar’s Office.  Students may receive an authorized withdrawal from a course without academic penalty and receive a grade of “WX” up to Week 4.  After that date, a student seeking authorized withdrawal without penalty must petition the Dean of his or her college, who has sole authority to grant withdrawals without penalty.


Read about Villanova’s Return to Campus Plan



Fall Semester August 7
Fall II Deadline  September 28

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.