Degree and Certificate Programs Built For Adults

flexible and accelerated options

Flexibility is a key consideration for adult students working toward a degree or certificate.  Villanova's College of Professional Studies (CPS) provides adults with a rigorous Villanova education that can be customized to meet each student's individual needs.

Online, on campus and hybrid program options make it possible to balance all of life's many responsibilities, including full-time careers, raising families, caring for aging parents and more. The accelerated options below allow students to complete their programs at a faster pace:

On Campus, Online and Hybrid Options

CPS has majors available 100% online in Public Service and Administration, General StudiesLeadership, and Organizational Development and Management.

CPS also has on campus majors in Leadership, General StudiesInformation Systems, Computer Science, English and History. Though these are considered on campus programs, some courses can also be taken online. 

Evening Courses

Most CPS students are full time working professionals, so CPS classes are held in the evening to accommodate busy schedules.

FastForward Classes

The College of Professional Studies offers FastForward courses on campus and online over seven weeks in the Fall and Spring semesters.  These courses typically utilize a combination of class meetings (either virtual or in-person), online activities, and/or other assignments to afford students with an accelerated time frame to earn three credits. View the upcoming FastForward schedule.

Community College Agreements for Dual/Guaranteed Admission

CPS has agreements with several community colleges in the greater Philadelphia area; including Delaware County Community College, Montgomery County Community College and Community College of Philadelphia. These agreements allow students to complete an associate's degree at their community college and, if certain criteria are met, have all 60 credits transferred to a CPS bachelor's degree program. A discount is available to students transferring in with a qualifying GPA. View the Community College webpage for details.

Transfer Credit Policy

CPS has a generous transfer credit policy, allowing students to transfer in up to 60 credits from regionally accredited institutions. Visit the transfer students webpage for more details.

Combined Bachelor/Master Programs

Many CPS students decide to continue on in their studies and pursue a graduate degree. The combined bachelor/master programs allow students to take 9 credits at the end of their undergraduate degree program that double count towards their master's degree. Two programs are available:

  • Combined Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) in Leadership or General Studies to the Master of Science (MS) in Human Resource Development (HRD). Learn more.
  • Combined Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) in Information Systems to the Master of Science (MS) in Software Engineering. Learn more.

Students are also permitted to take graduate courses, which may double-count toward both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree. Learn more here.  

Credit by Exam and CLEP Subject Examination Credits



Contact Information

Villanova University
College of Professional Studies
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Vasey Hall, Room 104
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610-519-4300
Fax:     610-519-7910

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