Undergraduates in Graduate Courses


Villanova undergraduates may take graduate courses in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, provided they meet the following standards set down by the College: they must have senior standing (in terms of credits, not in terms of years at Villanova; certain exceptions exist for some programs), at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, and sufficient background and preparation for a graduate-level course. The student must obtain the appropriate permissions (advisor, chair, undergraduate dean, graduate dean); a special Permission Card or "gold card," obtainable from the departments, is used for these permissions. Faculty and program directors should ensure that proper advising is provided to undergraduate students with respect to taking graduate courses.

Course Limits

Undergraduates may take a maximum of two graduate courses in any semester. If an undergraduate takes a graduate class, in that semester s/he is limited to taking a maximum of 16 credit-hours of work.


Up to nine hours or nine credits of graduate courses taken by undergraduates may double count – both for the bachelor’s degree and for the master’s degree, whether or not a student is formally enrolled in a Combined Bachelor/Master program. Any additional graduate courses taken while an undergraduate will count toward the undergraduate requirements and be included in the student’s undergraduate record, but will not be allowed to “transfer” or count toward a subsequent graduate degree. (Exceptions to this policy have been approved for certain Combined Bachelor/Master programs.) In order to count for graduate credit, the student must earn at least a B in the graduate course.