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Flexible Schedule

The Master’s in Communication degree, while primarily an in-person program, integrates online learning environments within its campus curriculum to provide flexibility to students who live in close geographic proximity and may have work or family obligations to manage while they complete their degree.

All students pursuing the MA or certificate programs will begin their course of study with in-person core classes. As they move into their elective classes, where faculty have designated their course as a hybrid model, instruction will combine face-to-face class meetings with separate virtual sessions. Depending on their area of interest, students will have some flexibility to complete the remainder of their degree by taking hybrid courses. Hybrid classes meet on campus three times: for the first class session, one mid-semester class session, and the final class session. All other class sessions are held virtually.

For select elective courses (including three of our certificates: Journalism & New Media, Mediated Communication, and PR & Advertising), students can complete most or all of the elective courses through hybrid learning, when the instructor has designated the class as such. Students in these classes will not need to go to campus for every class meeting, creating more flexible options offered by advances in technology while maintaining the high quality in-person interaction valued by our faculty and students.

With our hybrid model, the Communication Master’s and Certificate programs will provide the best that a flexible learning environment has to offer—virtual and in-person interaction with creative use of time and place to maximize student opportunity both within and outside the classroom.

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


Can I complete the certificate or MA completely online?

No. The hybrid initiative is an adaptation of our existing Master’s degree program, designed to increase flexibility. The required core classes (including: COM 8100: The Communication Perspective; COM 8001: Qualitative Research Methods; COM 8002: Quantitative Research Methods; and the 1-credit COM 8008: Orientation to Graduate Studies) meet on campus, and every elective course includes some on campus components.

Is there a separate admissions process for the hybrid program?

No. The hybrid initiative is an adaptation of our existing Master’s degree program, designed to increase flexibility. The admission process to either the Certificate or MA remains the same.

How does the hybrid initiative differ from the Master’s or Certificates already offered?

All courses meet on campus. In the hybrid model, students will participate on campus for the core required courses (COM 8001, COM 8002, COM 8100, COM 8008), and certain electives will be taught both on campus and virtually at designated times during the semester. Instructors’ decision to adapt certain courses to a hybrid format will allow students to live and/or work at more of a distance from Villanova’s campus and still pursue a Master’s degree or Certificate program.

Can I live some distance from Villanova and still pursue a Master’s degree or Certificate?

Our Master’s degree and Certificate programs are still heavily weighted toward in-person courses, but once the core courses have been completed, students pursuing elective courses in Journalism & New Media, Mediated Communication, and PR & Advertising, may complete the course work at a distance, as long as you are able and willing to meet on campus at the times designated for a particular course.

How far in advance will I know when I am required to be on campus?

Each semester will be planned at least 6 months in advance to give students enough time to plan their work and travel schedules.

Graduate Program

Dr. Amy Way
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Villanova University - Garey Hall



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