Can I complete the certificate or MA completely online?
No. The blended initiative is an adaptation of our existing Master’s degree program, designed to increase flexibility. The required 1-credit COM 8008 Orientation to Graduate Studies meets on campus (the Saturday prior to the beginning of fall and spring semesters) , and every elective course includes some on campus components.
Is there a separate admissions process for the blended program?
No. The blended 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 blended initiative differ from the Master’s or Certificates already offered?
In the current format, all courses meet on campus. In the new model for Fall 2016,students will choose to participate on campus or virtually for the core required courses (COM 8001, COM 8002, COM 8100), and certain electives will be taughtboth on campus and virtually at designated times during the semester. Adapting courses to one of two blended formats 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?
Yes, 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.