E-Learning: How it works

  • Select the graduate program in the department of your choice. Apply as if attending on campus.

  • After you receive notification that you are able to register, register for the “DL1” section of any course that offers it. These can be found on the registrar's search page.  Note that the E-Learning course option costs the same as regular tuition.

  • Check your Villanova e-mail for communication from the course professor. If you don't know how to access your e-mail, call 610-519-7777.  You will also receive an email from the E-Learning department the week before your course starts with instructions for accessing content.

  • Regardless of whether you choose to participate in class virtually in real-time or access the recording at your convenience, you are required to keep up with weekly assignments. Assignments can be scanned and emailed to the professor or faxed in.

  • Each professor has his/her own testing style which may include presentation, open-note, take home, or timed. In any case, the E-Learning team will guide you through any questions or problems you have in submitting your work.

  • By the end of the semester, you will have completed the same course at the same time as your fellow classmates, but possibly without ever stepping foot on campus. In fact, you can complete your entire degree this way.

  • Your diploma will not indicate that you completed your degree via "E-Learning." Just as every other student in the program, you will have earned your degree from Villanova University’s College of Engineering

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For Current Students

Technical "how-to" information for the College of Engineering's E-Learning program.


Jeff Schwarz, Director of E-Learning


"I'm going to watch the lecture later tonight - the advantage of your technology!  This format is the only way I'm able to do this program.  Working full time, wife, house, one year old....I never thought a 'real'' masters would be an option for me."
-Keith Ottes '10 MSWRE

Important Notices for Online Prospective and Current Students

The following page includes important information regarding the University’s authorization status, students’ responsibilities related to relocation and programs leading to professional licensures, and the complaint process for online students.

>>Notices for Distance Education Programs.pdf

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