Accelerate Your Degree

We know that adult students want to finish their degree in as few semesters as possible without sacrificing the quality of their education. Designed specifically for working adults, our part-time academic programs provide flexibility in addition to academic excellence. Villanova’s accelerated options include the following:

Fast Forward

Review the current FastForward Course Schedule and see how Villanova can help you move quickly towards graduation. These accelerated courses meet seven weeks for 3 ½ hours at a time.  Villanova’s faculty augments these 3 ½ hour meetings with online instruction  FastForward classes are held both fall and spring semesters. Be sure to check the FastForward course schedule for exact dates and times.

NOTE: Students will be charged tuition for FastForward class unless withdrawal is processed within 24 hours of first class meeting.


FastForward 3: January 16, 2018 through March 3, 2018

LDR 2020 - Leadership and Community
Distance Learning
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:30 pm

LDR 5940 - Topics: Leadership and Spirituality
50% Distance Learning
Two Saturdays (1/20 and 2/3) from 9 am - 3 pm. The remainder is Online.

AMP 1100 - Foundations of Administration and Management
Distance Learning
Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:30 pm

SPA 1111 - Introductory Spanish I
Distance Learning
Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:30 pm

ETH 2050 - The Good Life
Distance Learning
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:30pm

MSE 2400 - Robotics
Distance Learning


FastForward 4, March 13 through May 3, 2018

ACS 1000 100 - Ancients
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:30 pm

LDR 2000 - Foundations of Leadership
Distance Learning
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:30 pm

LDR 2060 - Leadership in a Bordlerless Economy
Distance Learning
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:30 pm

PA 3000 - Overview of the Non-Profit Sector
Distance Learning
Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:30 pm

PSC 2120 - U.S. Congress
Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:30 pm

THL 1000 - Fath, Reason and Culture
Distance Learning
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:30 pm

AMP 2030 - Decision Making for Professionals
Distance Learning
Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:30 pm

MSE 2400 - Robotics
Distance Learning
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:30 pm


View additional details in the Master Course Schedule.

Credit By Exam

To encourage independent study and recognize personal knowledge and mastery of subject matter and topics, we provide matriculated students, who have not previously enrolled in an equivalent course, the opportunity to demonstrate academic competency. If you can show evidence of advanced knowledge and successfully pass the departmentally created examination, you could be exempt from certain courses and requirements and earn credits toward your degree.

To participate in the program you must be a matriculated student (accepted into a bachelor's degree program).  You must also show the department offering the exam, that you have sufficient background and a reasonable command of the subject matter.

You may earn a maximum of 30 credit hours though this program and can apply up to three courses in your major field. The cost is $80.00 per credit hour.  Villanova will award a passing grade of P if you pass the exam; we will not record a failing grade. Additional conditions apply - please review in their entirety.

Villanova schedules test dates twice a year: often the Saturday of Fall and Spring break. Syllabi for all challengeable courses are available for your review in the Reserve Room of Falvey Library and in the Dean's Office of the College of Arts and Sciences.

To apply to take an exam, contact the Dean's Office at 610.519.4600.  Villanova will review your eligibility. Once you have approval to proceed, have completed the necessary form, and have secured the appropriate signatures, you will take the form to the Bursar's Office for validation and pay the fee at that time. You must complete the application process at least two weeks before the date of the exam. Once you have taken the exam, the director will notify you, your major department, your dean and the Registrar's Office of your exam results.

For more information, please contact the Dean's Office at 610.519.4600.

Weekend Seminars

The Psychology Department offers one-credit seminars on various topics.  Villanova offers these seminars, meeting on a Friday night from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and on a Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, in the summer and fall terms only. You can apply the credits earned for these weekend courses toward graduation. They are graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and are used as free electives. You may select three different topics to equate to one course and may use this option once in your degree program. You can take the three separate seminars over any number of semesters

Sample Topics Include Memory Improvemen, Time Management, Stress Management, Career Development, Interpersonal Communication, Enhancing One's Mental Health, Managing Change, Motivation, Leadership.

In the Master Schedule for fall, look for these listed in the Undergraduate Evening Courses section under Psychology, PSY 3005. In the Summer Sessions Catalog, look for them under the Psychology listings, PSY 3005.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

As a Part-Time Studies student, you can gain credit by means of the CLEP Subject Examinations as long as:

  • The credit is applicable to your degree program
  • Credit will be given for the Subject Examinations listed below and NOT for the CLEP General Examinations

Note that Villanova considers credits earned through the CLEP Subject Examinations transfer credits. Villanova will apply a maximum of 60 transfer credits, from any combination of appropriate sources toward your degree program.

If you register for any CLEP test, the numerical code for Villanova University is 2959. Your score report will come directly to the Office of Part-Time Studies. A score of 60 or higher on the subject examination will earn credit according to the schedule given below. Your record will carry notation of credit for the courses specified, but will not carry a grade.  Thus, CLEP Subject Examinations will not have an affect on your cumulative average.

CLEP Subject Examination Villanova Course Credits
American Government PSC 1100 3
History of the United States I HIS 1000 3
History of the United States II HIS 1001 3
American Literature ENG 2103, 2104 6
English Literature ENG 2101, 2102 6
General Biology BIO 1505 4
General Chemistry CHM 1050, 1001 4
Introductory Psychology PSY 1000 3
Human Growth & Development PSY 2200 3
Calculus with Elementary Functions MAT 1330, 1335 6
Introductory Sociology SOC 1000 3
Western Civilization II HIS 1050 3
CLEP Test Centers in this Area
Bucks County Community College Newtown 215-968-8466
Delaware County Community College Media 610-359-5322
Delaware Valley Four-Year Independent College Doylestown 215-345-1500
Drexel University Philadelphia 215-895-2594
Gwynedd-Mercy College Upper Gwynedd 215-646-7300
Immaculata College Immaculata 610-647-4400 x3239

New Technology Programs

A variety of technology programs are under development at CPS.