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Professional Development for PhD Students

Villanova’s College of Engineering is unique in its newly launched professional development program for doctoral students, which reflects Villanova’s commitment to high-quality teaching and close attention to the student, as well as development of the whole person as embodied by Veritas, Unitas, Caritas.

The program consists of a required core course, EGR 9240, which will cover topics such as:

  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Teamwork
  • Project management
  • Leadership
  • Strategic planning
  • Employee empowerment
  • Entrepreneurially minded learning
  • Ethics
  • Safety and the environment
  • Lifelong learning
  • Unique culture of Villanova, which emphasizes service to, and care for, one’s community

The required core course will be recorded on the student’s transcript. However, those who satisfactorily complete this course, plus a required minimum number of “supplements” from either an academic or industry track will also receive a certificate. The pursuit of a certificate is optional. Because EGR 9240 and the Certificate courses EGR 9200, 9220, and 9260 are in-class discussion-based, a student will not be permitted to take any of these courses as an E-Learning student.

“The program provides a complete view and clear path on topics such as ethics, diversity, teamwork and innovation that need to be addressed by professionals who will impact society.” - Carol Caceres, PhD Candidate 

“It was a great experience to listen, learn and interact with those in industry and academia on important topics rarely discussed in traditional graduate school coursework.” – Richard Ampomah, PhD Candidate

“The seminar provides insight into the needs of different industries and what I can be doing as a student at Villanova to meet the needs of future employers.” – Kelsey O’Donnell, PhD Candidate

Certificate Options:

  1. A min. B grade in EGR 9200 (Teaching in Higher Education; a 1 credit course)
  2. A min. B grade in EGR 9220 (Teaching in Higher Education Practicum)


  1. An industrial internship
  2. Coordinating and chairing a session at an industrial conference
  3. A min. B grade in a course from the following list: