Villanova University, located in Villanova, Pennsylvania, consistently ranks among the top 50 best colleges in the nation. And while many highly ranked universities remain stingy with their online course offerings in favor of promoting the on-campus college experience, Villanova has embraced online learning. Villanova currently offers 66 online programs, 54 of which result in a degree or certificate.
With 19 Master’s Degree programs, 29 Graduate Certificate Programs, and one Doctoral Degree Program, the postgraduate selection is impressive. Unfortunately, Villanova currently offers only three undergraduate degree programs: an Associate of Arts, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies.
- Number of online programs available: 66
- Number of degrees/certificates available: 19 Master’s Degree Programs, 29 Graduate Certificate Programs, one Doctoral Degree Program, three Undergraduate Programs, and one Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
- Price/cost information: Varies greatly by program. Online programs cost as little as $682 per credit hour for an undergraduate degree and as much as $1,525 per credit hour for a School of Law Taxation Certificate. On-campus students pay $3,152 per credit hour.
- Overall acceptance rate: 27.7% for the class of 2023
- Overall graduation rate: 90%
Villanova’s Online Programs
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*All information accurate as of Jan. 11, 2020.
Villanova School of Business offers four Master’s Degree and three Graduate Tax Certificate programs online. For your Master’s Degree, you can choose from analytics, business administration, church management, and taxation. The Graduate Tax Certificates are available in employee benefits, estate planning, and state and local taxation. Each degree program has a different tuition rate, duration, and admission process, so you’ll need to review your chosen program carefully. Tax certificate programs are all $1,525 per credit hour.
The College of Engineering at Villanova offers a strong selection of online program options. You can choose from nine Master’s Degree programs including biochemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, and sustainable engineering, and 14 graduate certificate programs including cybersecurity, machinery dynamics, and wireless and digital communications. Graduate program rates for the School of Engineering currently cost $1,440 per credit hour.
Health and Nursing
The only online program Villanova currently offers 100% online in the field of health and nursing is a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. There are not currently any certificate programs, undergraduate programs, or graduate programs available in this field. The nursing practice Doctorate program covers 32 credit hours on a part-time or full-time schedule. There is also a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing listed as an online program — although it does require summer semesters spent on-campus.
Villanova’s Charles Widger School of Law currently only offers a handful of online programs: two Master’s Degrees (in taxation and the law of taxation) and three Graduate Tax Certificates (in employee benefits, estate planning, and state and local taxation, the same three which Villanova also lists under the Villanova School of Business). The Master of Taxation program covers 30 credit hours, which can be completed in as few as two years. And the Master of Law in Taxation (LLM) covers 24 credit hours, over as few as 18 months.
The professional studies field at Villanova offers an interesting mix of undergraduate degree programs, designed for adults looking to complete their Bachelor’s Degree online, and certificate programs that are either for-credit or non-credit. The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in leadership studies is the only for-credit certificate program. But there are 12 non-credit certificate programs to choose from in areas like contract management, business analysis, human resources management, organizational leadership, and payroll administration.
The Villanova College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers more social science options than many similarly ranked universities. You can choose from four Master’s Degree programs (in classical studies, communication, human resource development, and public administration) and nine Graduate Certificate programs (in areas like city management, human resources, organization development, and public relations). The tuition, requirements, and admissions process varies by program, so you should review each program carefully before applying.
Villanova Financial Aid: How Do I Pay for My Degree?
There are a few ways to earn financial support for your time at Villanova:
- Undergraduates typically start the financial aid process by completing the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for government assistance.
- Villanova also offers various scholarships and grants to assist students based on need and merit.
- For graduate students, there are specific loan programs recommended by Villanova.
Villanova Admissions: What Do I Need to Know Before Applying?
The admissions process varies slightly by program, but the general process is to submit an application along with an essay (or two), school transcripts, a letter of recommendation, SAT or ACT scores, and the application fee. The standard application fee is $80, but the fee can vary by program (for example, the online MBA application fee is only $65), so check the details of your specific program before applying. Undergraduate applications are due by January 15th each year. Graduate degree and certificate program applicants can apply at any time.
For students seeking an online degree from a prestigious university, Villanova is a solid option. Your undergraduate options are limited and are largely aimed at students simply looking to earn a degree with little focus on the specific field the degree is in. But this is still more than many other highly-regarded universities offer, as many choose not to offer an undergraduate degree online at all. And if you’re looking for an online graduate degree or certificate program, you’ll have a selection to choose from at Villanova. Villanova’s engineering and social sciences offerings are particularly robust.
You can transfer up to 60 credits from another school. To transfer, the courses must be comparable to Villanova’s courses and you must have passed with a “C” or better. Villanova requires that “at least half of all major courses and the final 30 credits of a degree program must be taken here at Villanova” in order for you to get a Villanova degree.
International students are welcome to attend Villanova, whether on-campus or online. Because courses are taught in English, proficiency is required for anyone for whom English is a second language. Students need official test results from TOEFL (with a score of at least 577 on the paper-based test, 233 on the computer-based test, or 90 on the Internet-based test) or IELTS (with a score of at least 6.5).
Villanova created the Office of Veterans and Military Service Members to support the military community. Many of the programs available exist in conjunction with the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs to provide financial aid to active military and veterans. Villanova participates in the Montgomery GI Bill, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation, Dependents Educational Assistance, and the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Each online program works a little differently, but the overall experience consists of reading textbooks, listening to recorded lectures, watching video tutorials, and engaging in online discussions with other students and faculty. The College of Engineering created the E-Learning system to connect online students to the on-campus students in joint discussions. Engineering students can watch on-campus lectures in real-time or view recordings of the lectures if it better suits their schedules.
The Bottom Line
For an upper-tier university, Villanova is embracing the online learning model and offering distance learners a quality education resulting in a degree from a respected university. The online courses are also a more affordable way to earn a Villanova degree. For example, while the on-campus MBA program costs $98,000 in tuition, the online equivalent costs only $64,800. Either way, you are rewarded with a Villanova Master’s Degree (with no distinction regarding whether the degree was earned on campus or online).
Villanova online is a good fit for students who want a degree from a distinguished university, but prefer the convenience and flexibility of online courses. The undergraduate offerings are limited to three general degrees, but you’ll have more options to specialize if you’re seeking a graduate degree or certificate.