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Graduate Certificates in Math and Statistics

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The Depatrment of Mathematics and Statistics offers three certificate programs for graduate study. Click below for admission information and program requirements.

The Applied Statistics Certificate offers students an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of statistics, and receive formal recognition of statistical expertise  beyond the undergraduate level.

These graduate courses can be applied to the requirements for the 30-credit Master of Science in Applied Statistics also offered at Villanova. Up to 4 of the courses may be applied toward the 30-credit Master of Arts in Mathematics.

It is designed to be flexible and adaptable to the needs of differing constituencies, including individuals working with data in industry, teachers in secondary schools or community colleges, and graduate students currently enrolled at Villanova University in fields that use statistics. 

Requirements: To receive the Certificate, students must complete five graduate-level courses, all taken at Villanova, including STAT 7404, Statistical Methods and STAT 8406 Regression Methods, and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

With the approval of the Director of Applied Statistics, one graduate-level course in statistics offered by a department outside the Department of Mathematics and Statistics may be counted toward the five courses needed for the Certificate.

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, along with the application, fee, and official transcripts from institutions of higher education previously attended. No GRE scores are required.

Prerequisites: Because Certificate students enroll in the same graduate courses taken by students pursuing the Masters degree in Applied Statistics, they must also have completed all the undergraduate mathematics courses that are required for the Masters program. These include: Calculus through Multivariable Calculus (typically Calculus III) and Linear Algebra. 

Discount: Moreover, all secondary school teachers are eligible for a significant tuition discount (20-40%).  

This program is explicitly intended for individuals who are presently teaching at the secondary school level. This 15-credit program will consist of five graduate courses that cover the following areas: geometry, history of mathematics, statistics, using technology in the classroom and a special topics course. There will be at least one course in the certificate program offered during each of the fall and spring semesters and usually two in the summer.

These graduate courses can be applied to the requirements for the 30-credit Master of Arts in Mathematics also offered at Villanova. Moreover, all secondary school teachers are eligible for a significant tuition discount at Villanova. Applicants to this new certificate program should be teachers of mathematics who have had college calculus and a course in linear algebra. For more information about the certificate program, contact Dr. Klaus Volpert at 610.519.4670.


The Certificate of Graduate Study in the Teaching of Secondary School Mathematics will be awarded upon completion of 5 of the following 6 courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0: 

  • MAT 7290 - Geometry
  • MAT 7300 - History of Math
  • STAT 7404 - Statistical Methods
  • MAT 7305 - Technology in Teaching of Math
  • MAT 7310 - Topics in the Teaching of Math
  • MAT 8435 - Mathematical Modeling

Villanova University offers a Post-Master's Certificate in Mathematics for individuals who have already earned a master's degree but wish to continue their graduate study. The program is open to all, but is especially well suited to the needs of middle-school and secondary-school teachers who already have a master's degree. Choose from the department's regular course offerings based on your own interests and goals. Upon successful competion of five graduate courses (15 credits) you will receive a certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Mathematics.

For more information: Contact the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Klaus Volpert, in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, at 610.519.4670. You may also contact the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at 610.519.7090 or email

To apply: There is a simplified application process for admission to this program with no GRE scores or letters of recommendation required. Complete application information is available online at Applicants who hold a graduate degree in a field other than mathematics may also be admitted, subject to approval of the Graduate Program Director.