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Spring 2021 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, including mandatory COVID-19 testing for faculty, students and staff who will physically be on campus or participating in in-person Villanova classes.

  • Please review the University’s Return to Campus website, which outlines in detail the many aspects of Villanova’s plan for spring, including mandatory COVID-19 testing for faculty, students and staff who will physically be on campus or participating in in-person Villanova classes.
  • For all campus programs, Villanova’s spring 2021 semester will be a mix of on-campus, online and hybrid class formats. Classes that meet 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. As the global outbreak of coronavirus evolves and changes, Villanova University adapts to best meet the needs of our students. Please continue to check your email regularly for important updates as well as the university’s COVID-19 Campus Information website.
  • For all programs (excluding HRD and MPA online), classes will begin on Monday, January 25.
  • There will be no spring break this semester, and the last day of classes will be on Monday, May 3. 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 (for medical reasons) or the Office of Graduate Studies (for non-medical reasons). 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 any spring semester 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.

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