How Do I Apply?
The entire application process is completed online. On our program requirements page, you will be able to find admission requirements for each program, start or continue an application, and check the status of your submitted application.
Deadlines for International Applicants
Typically, international students must obtain an I-20 and then a visa to become enrolled students in the U.S. Due to the processing time associated with these processes, international applicants must follow the earlier application deadlines below.
Please note that in order to receive the I-20, you must be admitted to a Master’s degree program. As an example, if you apply to a Master’s program as the Primary degree and a graduate certificate as the Secondary degree, and you were admitted to the graduate certificate program but not the Master’s program, then an I-20 would not be issued to you.
Spring Entry - Complete application by October 15
Summer Entry - Complete application by April 1 (Please note: Applicants to the Human Resource Development program are not eligible to apply for the Summer term.)
Fall Entry - Complete application by May 1. Scholarship and assistantship deadlines may be earlier than this, such as February 1 or March 1. Be sure to review your respective program's website for program deadlines.
If you are already in the U.S. and are transferring from another U.S. Master's Program, later applications may be permitted. Speak to the Program Director and Graduate Studies for more information on transferring. In order to transfer to Villanova, you will need to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the university you are currently attending.
What Does Villanova Cost?
Graduate tuition in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is charged on a per-credit basis; these tuition rates can be found on the Bursar's website. There is a $50 fee applied each semester for general university services. Two types of competitive, merit-based funding are available for full-time, matriculated degree-seeking students: Tuition Scholarships, which provide tuition remission for the total number of courses required for the degree; and Graduate Assistantships, which include a stipend along with tuition remission. International students are eligible to apply for this funding. Click here for more information.
Villanova operates on the standard semester system, with courses offered in the fall, spring, and summer. Fall classes typically begin in mid-late August and end in mid-late December. Spring classes typically begin in mid-January and end in mid-May. Please check the academic calendar for specific dates based on the semester and year. Most courses are three credits each, and a full-time student generally takes 6 to 9 credits per term.