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Graduate Liberal Arts and Sciences

Preparing for Fall 2020

In recent weeks, 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, while we also acknowledge that many questions remain unresolved as we continue to prepare for the fall semester. Additional announcements will be made in the coming weeks. 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.
  • The Master Schedule is in the process of being revised to reflect the shifting of course modalities. The Registrar will update the Master Schedule beginning in the middle of July. We are told that the updates to the Master Schedule should be complete by the start of August. As this may be a long time to wait, please feel free to reach out to your program director in a few weeks, as by that time they should be able to tell you the format for the courses in your program. When the revised schedule comes out in early August, you will be able to make changes to your fall schedules through the regular drop and add period. You may be able to navigate selections that coincide with both your course needs and concerns.
  • 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.


Remote Operations

Graduate Studies will be working remotely as the University responds to the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Staff members can still be contacted via all regular communication channels. Applications to our graduate programs will continue to be processed and reviewed. Learn more about the University's action plan.

Please sign up for one of our upcoming Virtual Information Sessions to learn more about our graduate programs and the admission process.


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

  • Biology Professor Receives National Science Foundation Grant

    Biology Professor Receives National Science Foundation Grant

    Dr. Alyssa Stark's $480,927 NSF grant will support her research on how environmental factors affect the performance, behavior and morphology of biological organisms.

  • History Professor Receives National Archives Grant for "Last Seen" Project

    History Professor Receives National Archives Grant for "Last Seen" Project

    Judith Giesberg, PhD, a professor of History at Villanova University, has received a grant of $100,000 from the National Archives and Records Administration’s Historical Publications and Records Commission to support her project "Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery," which recovers the stories of families separated in the US domestic slave trade.

  • Psychology Professor Receives CAREER Grant from National Science Foundation

    Psychology Professor Receives CAREER Grant from National Science Foundation

    Dr. Joseph Toscano's five-year, $605,000 NSF grant will help fund his research of how people understand spoken language in different contexts by studying brain responses to speech and developing computer models that recognize spoken words.

  • Grad CLAS student quarantine life: How are we dealing?

    Grad CLAS student quarantine life: How are we dealing?

    Since our world changed with the COVID-19 pandemic, graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have had to adapt to a new way of learning and living. Graduate Assistant Riley Gerenda '20 MA reached out to a few Grad CLAS students to see how they are dealing with these unprecedented times.

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