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Admissions Information & Requirements

Application Deadlines

  • Graduate Assistantship: March 1
  • BA/MS in HRD Combined Programs: March 15
  • Fall: Rolling until July 20
  • Spring: Rolling until December 18
  • Summer: Rolling until April 18 (Please note: International applicants are not eligible to apply for the Summer term)

Admission Requirements

  • Application & fee
  • Transcript(s)
  • Statement of Goals
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Research Writing Sample: Optional for students who wish to request a waiver of HRD 8102: Critical Evaluation & Research Writing. Details in Descriptions tab below.

Details about each of these admission requirements can be found in the drop down bar below.

  1. Application Fee
  2. Transcript(s)
    • Unofficial transcripts are accepted in order to receive an admission decision
    • If accepted to the program, official transcripts of college work (at schools where 9+ credits were completed) must be sent directly from the school's Registrar's Office to the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova
    • Applicants in their last year ofundergraduate study who have not yet completed their bachelor's degree should provide a transcript of all courses completed at the time of application, and submit an official transcript when the undergraduate degree is completed
    • Official Transcripts should be sent directly from your university's Registrar's Office to:

      Office of Graduate Studies
      St. Mary's Hall - Suite 109
      College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
      800 E. Lancaster Avenue
      Villanova, PA 19085
  3. Statement of Goals: Explain your interest in the field of human resources, as well as your interest in the program offered at Villanova University. You may discuss how a certificate or master's degree in HRD would further your career goals. This statement is usually between 1-2 pages in length.
  4. Letters of Recommendation (3): Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who have evidence of either your academic or work capabilities, including faculty or employer supervisors.
  5. Current Resume: All prospective students must submit a current resume.  (One year or more of relevant HR experience will be considered in order to waive the Intro to Human Resources in the Business World prerequisite course.)
  6. Research Writing Sample: Optional for applicants who seek a waiver of the prerequisite Critical Evaluation and Research Writing course and who do not have a “B” or better in a research methodology class in the social sciences taken in the last six years on their submitted transcripts.  Applicants may submit an academic writing sample from an undergraduate or graduate course taken within the past six years that demonstrates research skills in the social sciences, ideally using APA style.
  7. Applicants who do not have a 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA must submit evidence of their ability to handle graduate-level work, such as submitting results from the GRE or GMAT exams, prior graduate studies, relevant certifications (ie: SHRM-CP or PHR), etc. If you have questions about what may be submitted in lieau of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, please contact the HRD office directly.

We offer several graduate assistantship scholarships through the HRD program. These assistantships require 20 hours of work for the HRD program per week, and in exchange graduate assistants receive full tuition remission as well as a yearly stipend. Graduate assistants are ambassadors of the HRD program and work with the office on research projects, program initiatives, and events. Assistantships begin in the Fall semester each year.

If you are interested in applying for a graduate assistantship, you must submit your application by March 1st. Candidates will be contacted for interviews.

To apply to be a graduate assistant, you must submit GRE exam scores and the Application for Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship. Please submit this application to: by March 1st. GRE exam results must be sent directly to: Villanova University (school code: 2959).

International student applications must submit the following additional information and documentation. Please visit the Graduate Studies webpage for details on these requirements.

  • Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Credential evaluation of undergraduate degree
  • Official transcript(s) from undergraduate/graduate institutions

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 at least 3.0 (or equivalent, in the case of educational institutions located outside the US). The undergraduate institution, if located in the US, must be accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies. 

Contact Information

Campus Programs
St. Mary's Hall, Suite 119
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085
(p) 610-519-4582
(f) 610-519-5826

Online Program
MS in HRD - Learn more!
(p) 1-866-220-0017