ADMISSIONS & ENROLLMENT

Villanova's College of Professional Studies (CPS) offers undergraduate degrees, certificates and single course options, as well as a rich array of professional education programs on campus and online.

Admission requirements vary by program type, detailed in the information below.


Program Requirements

Undergraduate Degrees*

CPS Graduates
  • 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.

Apply by March 2 for the Spring II Term

Credit-Bearing Certificates*

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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 or Pre-Health Professions

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

Apply by March 2 for the Spring II Term

Professional Education

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The majority of Professional Education programs and courses do not have requirements for enrollment. Please visit the Professional Education webpage to view all available options.

The Paralegal and Counseling certificates do have application requirements, which can be found below.

Application deadline is one week in advance of the course start dates.

Paralegal Certificate*

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  • Unofficial college transcript(s) from all schools attended documenting the award of a Baccalaureate degree. Official transcripts must be received before registration.
  • 350-word essay discussing your professional goals.
  • Current resume.
  • $50 application fee.

Apply by July 15 for the Fall 2020 Full-Time Day Program

or by August 14 for the 2020-2021 Part-Time Evening Program

Counseling Programs*

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Alcohol and Drug Counselor

  • Proof of degree: Bachelor's degree required (copy of diploma or unofficial transcripts).
  • Current Resume.
  • Letter of Recommendation.
  • $50 application fee.

 

Recovery Specialist

Apply by August 14 for the Fall 2020 Counseling Certificate Program

Individual Courses

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  • Completed at least 15 college credits and demonstrated strong academic performance. 
  • Students who are currently enrolled in another university will be considered with an official letter of good standing from their home university. 
  • Students are eligible to enroll in 9 credits. 
  • During the University’s Summer Session, high school graduates may apply to enroll in a course as a visiting student (transcript required with GPA 3.0 or above).  Exceptional high school students may also apply to take courses in the Summer Session with support from their High School, parent/guardian, and an area of interest statement.

Apply by March 2 for the Spring II Term

 

*Programs require a full application and review.


 

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

  • Mail – Villanova University, College of Professional Studies, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085
  • Email CPS

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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 procedure and guidelines.

View more details about transfer and community college agreements.

 

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 and Service members.  

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.