Villanova’s College of Engineering offers a distinctive PhD program leading to a Doctorate of Philosophy. It is designed to prepare scholars, teachers and leaders for academia and industry in contemporary and emerging engineering fields. Congruent with the mission of Villanova University, the doctoral program emphasizes excellence, innovation and integrity in research, scholarship and education. It also reflects Villanova’s commitment to high-quality teaching and close attention to the student, as well as development of the whole person, and as such is the only PhD program in the country to require all full-time doctoral students to complete a course in professional development.
The PhD program is designed to encourage intellectual depth within an area or discipline of study, while also providing enough flexibility to allow for breadth across disciplinary lines when useful for multi-disciplinary research topics. Its primary component is independent, original, directed research leading towards a dissertation. Typically, the PhD differs from the master’s degree in depth and duration of study, and that the thesis must be an original contribution.
The PhD can be earned with a focus on any of the engineering programs offered in the College of Engineering:
- Sustainable Engineering
- Water Resources and Environmental Engineering
The Villanova University Engineering PhD program is one of the few programs in the country that will allow the degree to be pursued on a part-time basis by working professionals, with many of the relevant courses available through our state-of-the-art on-line distance education program.