Prospective Master's Students

Poster "Faith and Culture"

Jennifer Jackson, Th.D.

Director of Master's and Certificate Programs


group photo of 10 master's students of the fall 2016 cohort

Our students value the study and practice of theology and ministry and seek to enrich their personal, professional and intellectual lives in the midst of likeminded women and men. Some have recently completed an undergraduate or a graduate degree in theological or non-theological fields of inquiry. Others are professionals interested in a career change. Some wish to earn a certificate, others a terminal master's degree. Some pursue further academic work, again others seek a career in secondary school education or ministerial leadership.

Graduate students in theology may use the university’s wide range of resources, facilities and organizations that support and enhance students’ academic success and extracurricular experience at Villanova. The Villanova ID or “Wildcard” is all that is needed for access to these services.

As a student at Villanova University, and then as an alumnus or alumnae, you have access to the university’s wide range of resources, facilities and organizations, assistance with applying for research support and fellowships, professional guidance from an award-winning Career Center, and membership in a vast network of Villanovans across the nation and around the globe.

Our graduates are admitted to leading doctoral programs in the U.S. and in Europe, including:

  • Arizona State University, Phoenix
  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill
  • Catholic University of America, Washington
  • Cornell University, Ithaca
  • Duquesne University, Pittsburgh
  • Emory University, Atlanta
  • Fordham University, New York
  • Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Loyola University, Chicago
  • Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee
  • McMaster University, Canada
  • Temple University, Philadelphia
  • Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
  • University of Notre Dame, South Bend
  • University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • University of Toronto, Canada
  • Villanova University, Villanova

Our employment record reflects the quality of our students and faculty. Our graduates are

  • Adjunct College-Level Instructors
  • Admissions Recruiters
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Assistant Professors
  • Campus Ministers
  • Chaplains
  • Consultants
  • Coordinators of Residence Life
  • Digital Content Producers
  • Directors of Catholic Student Leadership and Formation
  • Directors of Music
  • Directors of Religious Education
  • Directors of Volunteer and Vocation Ministry
  • Lawyers
  • Parish Catechetical Leaders
  • Pastoral Associates
  • Pastoral Ministers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Primary/Secondary School Teachers
  • Research Assistants
  • RN Nursing Instructor
  • Youth Directors
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Villanova University is located in a suburban town less than twelve miles from the city of Philadelphia. 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. New York City and Washington, DC are only a few hours away.