The large number and diversity of Villanova’s graduate programs enable students to combine a degree in one discipline with a second degree or a certificate in another discipline, and count certain courses for both. This opportunity is especially appealing to students who seek to unite their studies in a more academic area with work in a more applied or professionally oriented field. While the possible combinations of degrees with certificates are numerous, we offer several programs that pair particular disciplines across departments. These combinations are designed to strengthen students’ credentials and opportunities to learn real-world skills as they pursue their academic passion.
- MA in English with a Certificate in
- MA in History with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management
- MA in Political Science with a Certificate in
- Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies
- MA in Theatre with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management
- MA in Theology with a Certificate in:
Dual Masters Degrees
Villanova’s broad offerings in graduate education also offer students an opportunity to enroll in two graduate programs simultaneously, either within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or in two different Colleges, such as Liberal Arts and Sciences and Engineering. The two programs could be related, such as History and Political Science, or represent two quite different disciplines, such as Theology and Mechanical Engineering.
We are also pleased to offer a joint JD-MPA Program with the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. This program enables students to earn both a JD and an MPA degree simultaneously at Villanova.
Those interested in pursuing two degrees simultaneously must apply to each program separately. Each program has separate authority to approve or disapprove the student’s admission. Once admitted to both programs, students may earn two Masters degrees at an accelerated pace by having up to 25% of the credits taken in one program counted toward the credit requirements in the second program.
For more information, please review our policy on enrolling in two programs simultaneously.