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Virtual Open House - October 24

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Fall 2020 Information

Villanova University has outlined the steps we are making to provide a safe learning environment for the semester. Below you will find key points from these plans. Please continue to regularly check your email and the Return to Campus website to ensure you are up-to-date on the most recent information.

  • Please review the University’s Return to Campus website, which outlines in detail the many aspects of Villanova’s plan for fall. In case you missed it, please take some time to watch the video presented by Father Peter on that site.
  • For all campus programs, Villanova’s fall 2020 semester will be a mix of on-campus, online and hybrid class formats. Please be aware that we have been directed to move as many graduate classes as possible to a 100% online format. Classes that still need to occur on campus will only occur in spaces that afford proper social distancing. To ensure the safest possible return to campus, the University has developed a comprehensive Health and Safety Plan.
  • For all programs (excluding HRD and MPA online), classes will begin on Monday, August 17, one week earlier than originally planned.
  • There will be no fall break this semester, and the last day of classes will be on Tuesday, November 24. HRD and online MPA will follow their normal schedules. Please review the academic calendar for important dates throughout the semester.
  • If you find that your health and safety concerns are still not addressed, the University is developing a process by which you can request formal accommodations for your COVID-19 concerns through Learning Support Services or the Office of Graduate Studies. If granted, instructors will be obligated to make course materials accessible through simulcasting  or other alternative means. Information about how to formally register for these accommodations is forthcoming. Students may also request such accommodations informally of their instructors with approval at the discretion of the faculty member.

Community First: The CARITAS Commitment
Students with in-person classes will find that campus will look and feel different with a number of safety procedures in place. All on-campus students will be expected to read and comply with Villanova’s Community First: The CARITAS Commitment, which outlines our shared responsibility to be considerate of others and capable of complying with health and safety requirements.

This upcoming semester will look different than anything in Villanova’s history. What will not change is our commitment to make Villanova a special place to pursue your graduate education.


Graduate Studies Overview

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University is an ideal place to pursue your graduate education. Program offerings in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and sciences include more than 20 master's degrees, more than 40 graduate certificates, and PhD programs in Philosophy and Theology.

Visit Villanova to learn more about what Graduate Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer you! Schedule a campus tour, attend an on-campus open house or join us for an online information session.

Objectives: The graduate programs seek to integrate general education, cultural improvement, and professional excellence. The aims of these programs are:

  • To extend and deepen knowledge by scholarly research;
  • To assist those who wish to secure specialized training in order to improve their occupational competency;
  • To supply the need of advanced training for special purposes, especially in the fields of teaching and other human services;
  • To offer the graduate students the opportunity to join with the faculty of the University in the common pursuit of learning wherein the students are encouraged to develop according to their individual capacities and to learn to live and work together in a community of scholars.

Graduate Studies News

  • Graduate School in the Pandemic: Our Students Share Their Stories

    Graduate School in the Pandemic: Our Students Share Their Stories

    After Villanova’s campus closed in March, Grad CLAS students dispersed across the country and globe. From reconnecting with family to learning new hobbies to adapting to new ways of learning and working, they showed a resiliency, creativity and optimism that not only helped them persist through today’s challenging times but also prepared them for the challenges of the future.

  • There’s A Better Way to Do Diversity and Inclusion Training

    There’s A Better Way to Do Diversity and Inclusion Training

    Jameel Rush, vice president of diversity and inclusion at Aramark and adjunct professor of human resource development at Villanova, believes companies can do more with their efforts to include and support employees from diverse backgrounds.

  • CLAS Professors Win Affordable Materials Project Grants

    CLAS Professors Win Affordable Materials Project Grants

    Assistant Professor Alexander Diaz-Lopez, PhD, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Assistant Teaching Professor Stephanie A. Katz Linkmeyer, PhD, Department of Chemistry, were two of five Villanova faculty members to win Open Education Resource (OER) grants through Villanova's Affordable Materials Project (AMP).

  • Applied Statistics Master’s Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship

    Applied Statistics Master’s Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship

    Mervin Woodlin Jr. won the 2020 Ellis R. Ott Scholarship Award, which recognizes both academic excellence and leadership in applied statistics projects, and is given to only one PhD student and one master's student in the country each year by the American Society for Quality.

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