Information for Prospective Students

There is much to consider when applying to graduate school. On this page, you will find general information about Villanova’s admissions requirements, affordable tuition, financial aid, and convenient location. Please explore the web pages of your program of interest for further information about admissions criteria, curriculum requirements, course offerings, resources for students, and other discipline-specific details.  Or contact the Office of Graduate Studies with your questions about applying to Villanova.



Applicants are admitted wholly on the basis of individual merit. Villanova University does not discriminate against anyone seeking admission on the basis of their race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or sex. Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree by the time they plan to enter a graduate degree or certificate program, with a minimum  undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (or, the equivalent, in the case of educational  institutions located outside the US).   The undergraduate institution, if in the US, must be accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies.


Tuition and Fees

Current tuition rates and fees in graduate arts and sciences are available at the Bursar’s Office. The University offers a convenient, interest-free Tuition Payment Plan which is open to any student. The Office of Financial Assistance also can help graduate students with their applications for student loans.


Ideal Location

Villanova University is located in a beautiful, safe, suburban town less than twelve miles or twenty kilometers from the city of Philadelphia, America’s first national capital and fifth largest city.  The campus is easily accessible by train, car, or regional public transportation. The region is home to nearly 90 colleges, universities and other higher-education institutions, with a full-time student population of over 230,000. In addition to its world class cultural resources, Philadelphia is headquarters for many major corporations, providing opportunities to grow your network and connect with future employers. New York City and Washington, DC are only a few hours away.