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. Although programs must be flexible, adult students will not sacrifice the quality of their education. 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 Studies, and Leadership Studies. CPS also has on campus majors in Leadership Studies, General Studies, Administration and Management, Information Systems, Computer Science, English and History. Though these are considered on campus programs, a significant percentage of courses can be taken online. This hybrid program option is in high demand and the number of online course options is growing every semester.

Evening Courses

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

FastForward Classes

These accelerated courses meet seven weeks for 3 ½ hours at a time and count for 3 credits. FastForward classes are held both fall and spring semesters, and summer session has a wide variety of 8 week courses to choose from to maintain a faster pace. 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 transfered 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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