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The College of Professional Studies (CPS) offers undergraduate degrees, non-credit professional programs, post-baccalaureate certificates and individual courses for graduate program pre-requisites.

The College of Professional Studies has rolling admissions with application reviews every two weeks. Apply now!

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

The College of Professional Studies is pleased to offer an Associate of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies degree and a variety of certificate programs.

Students in the College of Professional Studies are typically working professionals who are seeking to complete their degree or credit-bearing certificate in a flexible manner. Our students have typically earned prior college credit and/or an Associate’s degree. For students without earned college credit, we require a minimum of four years post-secondary work experience, military experience, professional education, or a combination of the three before applying to our degree or credit-bearing certificate programs.

Students in the College of Professional Studies, on average, are 37 years old with 5-11 years work experience and have generally earned at least 15 college credits. For information regarding Villanova’s programs geared towards traditional-aged undergraduate learners, please visit the Office of University Admissions for additional information.

Prospective adult students interested in applying to a degree or credit-bearing program in the College of Professional Studies will need to submit the following to be considered for admissions:

 

Degree Programs

  • Official college transcript(s) for each school you attended
    • Note: Unofficial transcripts can be submitted as part of your application, but official transcripts must be received by CPS upon admission and before registration
  • An official high school transcript, or proof of passing the GED, is only required for students who have not earned 15 or more college credits.
  • A 350-word essay, discussing your interest in the program to which you are applying, and the goals you wish to achieve as a result of attainment of a degree
  • Current resume showing 4 years of post-secondary work experience

 

Credit-Bearing Certificate Programs

Certificate in Information Systems

  • Official college transcript(s) for each school you attended.
    • Note: Unofficial transcripts can be submitted as part of your application, but official transcripts must be received by CPS upon admission and before registration.
  • An official high school transcript, or proof of passing the GED, is required for students who have not earned 15 college credits

 

Certificates in Accountancy, Leadership, or Pre-Health Professions

  • Official transcript documenting a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Note: Unofficial transcripts can be submitted as part of your application, but official transcripts must be received by CPS upon admission and before you can be registered for classes.

 

Paralegal Certificate Program

  • Official transcript documenting Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Note: Unofficial transcripts can be submitted as part of your application, but official transcripts must be received by CPS upon admission and before you can be registered for classes.
  • A 350-word essay discussing your career goals
  • Current resume

 

Professional Non-Credit Certificate Programs or Courses

  • Requirements vary based on certificate of choice; more details are provided on the respective program page of interest.

 

Official Transcripts should be sent directly to CPS from the Institution:

  • Mail – Villanova University, College of Professional Studies, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085
  • Electronic – cps.info@villanova.edu

Application Fee: There is an application fee of $50.00 for all degree programs, credit-bearing certificate programs and the paralegal program. To apply for CPS program, please visit our application.

For additional admissions details, contact the Admissions Office at cps.info@villanova.edu or 610-519-4300.

 

International Student Admission Information

Complete the online application: Visit the CPS Apply webpage to apply to the degree program. Application requirements include:

  • Application fee: $50.
  • 4 years post-secondary work experience and/or at least 15 college credits or students who have earned an Associate's Degree. 
  • Transcripts: High school transcripts and official transcripts from all institutions of higher education where applicant completed coursework are required. Official English translation required by WES or NACES approved agency.
  • Non-native English speakers must also submit official from either TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Completed Certification of Finances form along with bank statement (dated no later than three months prior to the submission of your application) showing the ability to meet tuition and living expenses. If the bank statement is not in the applicant's name, then a letter of support must accompany the bank statement of the account holder stating he/she will financially support the application while he/she is attending Villanova.

 

The College of Professional Studies does not offer student housing. All international CPS students must secure their own housing.

 

International students are only admitted to the following CPS Programs:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership (BA)
  • Paralegal Professional Program

 

Official Transcripts should be sent to:

  • Mail – Villanova University, College of Professional Studies, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085
  • Electronic cps.info@villanova.edu

Registration Information

All registrations should be submitted online.

How to Apply or Register

  1. Click here to Apply or Register.
  2. Select your degree or program of interest from the dropdown.
  3. Create an account. 
  4. A verification email will been sent to the address you provided.
  5. Sign in.
  6. Complete the registration form.
  7. Click the Submit button to activate your application or registration.
  8. Check your email for submission confirmation.

 

Please note the Terms of Billing on the registration form.

The College of Professional Studies reserves the right to cancel classes or arrangements, totally or in part, due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances.

Financial Information

Billing

All billing is sent electronically or available via your MyNova account. Students and authorized users are able to view billing statements and make secured payments electronically. You can also print official invoices for self and employer use. Once you receive your confirmation and VU ID #, you may log onto V-Bill to create your V-bill account and then view/pay your bill electronically.

Visit the Bursar website for payment options and additional information.

 

Payment of Charges

Tuition payment information for degree programs is handled through the Bursar's Office. Please visit their website or call 610-519-4850.

Payments for non-credit professional programs are due no later than 24 hours prior to the start of class. This requirement applies to all students, including those who register too late to receive a bill. Please see TERMS of BILLING in the registration information above.

Students are responsible for payment of all charges on his/her student account. Overdue obligations may be referred to an outside collection agency or to an attorney for collection efforts and/or legal suit, the debt is increased to cover all reasonable costs of collection including collection fees, court costs and attorney fees.

 

Overdue Accounts

If a student has an overdue obligation, registration will not be permitted and academic records and certificates will not be released.

 

Financial Aid

If you are matriculated into a degree program, such as the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, and are enrolled at least half-time (6 credits or the equivalent per semester), you may be eligible for a government-sponsored Stafford Loan. Degree seeking students should visit the Financial Aid webpage for more information.

All other certificates and non-credit programs do not qualify for financial aid through FAFSA. Listed below are two lenders that do offer continuing education loans:

 

Cancellation Policy

For degree seeking students, please see the University's academic calendar for drop and withdraw deadline. Information about penalties can be found on the Bursar's website.

Cancellations for non-credit professional programs must be received in writing by the College of Professional Studies before the first class begins. No refunds are granted once the class begins.

 

 

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
Email:  cps.info@villanova.edu

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