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.