Villanova University, Graduate Liberal Arts and Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Introduction

Villanova University is a Roman Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others.

A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through the University’s four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing, as well as the Villanova School of Law. With a total enrollment that surpasses 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

To foster academic excellence, we as a University:

  • Create a diverse community of scholars, united and dedicated to the highest academic standards;
  • Emphasize the liberal arts and sciences as our foundation and foster in our students active engagement, critical thinking, life-long learning and moral reflection;
  • Concern ourselves with developing and nurturing the whole person, allowing students, faculty and staff to grow intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, culturally, socially and physically in an environment that supports individual differences and insists that mutual love and respect should animate every aspect of university life;
  • Encourage interdisciplinary research, teaching and scholarship;
  • Affirm the intrinsic good of learning, contemplation and the search for truth in undergraduate and graduate education;
  • Support a curriculum that encourages both a global perspective and an informed respect for the differences among peoples and cultures.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University is an ideal place to pursue your graduate education. Program offerings in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and sciences include more than 20 master's degrees, more than 40 graduate certificates, and a PhD program in Philosophy.

Why Choose Villanova?

  • Competitive tuition rates
  • Graduate assistantships and research funding
  • Small evening classes
  • Full-time or part-time
  • Personal attention from a faculty of internationally recognized scholar/teachers
  • A learning experience you design to meet your intellectual passions and educational goals
  • All the cultural and intellectual assets of the Philadelphia region, including nearly 90 higher-education institutions

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Master

Master of Public Administration

Campus Full time January 2017 USA Villanova

The Master of Public Administration is focused on helping you develop the skills you need to become an ethical, creative leader in the public service. We periodically update courses to reflect trends in the study of public administration as well as faculty expertise and interests. [+]

The Master of Public Administration is focused on helping you develop the skills you need to become an ethical, creative leader in the public service. We periodically update courses to reflect trends in the study of public administration as well as faculty expertise and interests. You also will take a written comprehensive examination and complete a management internship, if you do not have prior experience, to complete your degree. You may also elect to complete an individual research project. These are reserved for advanced students with specific needs not met by available elective course work. Approval for the individual research course must be obtained from the MPA Director. The MPA Director may also permit you to take up to two elective courses from other graduate programs in order to help you personalize your degree. Required Courses MPA students must take 18 credits of Required Courses. MPA 8001 - Public Administration Theory MPA 8002 - Organization Theory MPA 8003 - Financial Management MPA 8004 - Public Personnel Management MPA 8005 - Analysis and Research I MPA 8006 - Analysis and Research II Elective Courses MPA students must take 18 credits of Elective Courses. MPA 8100 - Decision-Making MPA 8200 - Administrative Communication MPA 8300 - Leadership Ethics MPA 8400 - Strategic Planning MPA 8500 - Effective City Management MPA 8550 - Urban Politics and Government MPA 8600 - Effective Non-Profit Management MPA 8700 - Fundraising for Non-Profit Organizations MPA 8800 - Managing Public Networks MPA 8900 - Public Policy MPA 8199 - Three-Credit Special Topics i.e., Cultural Competency MPA 8299 - One-Credit Special Topics** Contingent Courses MPA 8010 - Management Internship MPA 8012 - Individual Research I MPA 8013 - Individual Research II One-Credit Courses **Our one-credit topic courses are offered on three Saturday mornings, for approximately 3 hours each. They are offered as sections of MPA 8299 and include: Land-use and zoning Debt management Economic development strategies Labor relations Program evaluation Performance measurement Effective public affairs Emergency management Arts Marketing Attendance Policy Villanova’s MPA program is a teaching-centered, class-room based program. Students are expected to regularly attend class and to inform faculty, preferably in advance, when they will have to miss class. We are a professional degree program and understand some of our students may have full-time work obligations that will conflict with one or more classes during the semester. Faculty will accommodate students who will have to miss a class as a result of professional obligations. Often faculty request students to prepare work to cover the class missed, such as write answers to a few study questions or to submit the work expected in class. We do consider four or more absences in a three-credit course and one absence in a one-credit course to be excessive. Faculty will consult with the MPA Director when a student misses too many classes and determine if problems with excessive absences prevent the student from completing the course. Excessive absences normally mean the student cannot receive credit for the course. [-]

MSc

Master in Applied Statistics

Campus Full time August 2017 USA Villanova

The Applied Statistics Graduate Program (MSAS) has been training students for careers in industry, government, and academia for over 50 years. For many students, this degree will represent a final statistics degree, offering them greater potential for professional advancement. [+]

The Applied Statistics Graduate Program (MSAS) has been training students for careers in industry, government, and academia for over 50 years. For many students, this degree will represent a final statistics degree, offering them greater potential for professional advancement. For some, this degree will be a stepping-stone toward a Ph.D. in statistics or in a related field. The flexibility of the program permits students to take courses in related areas such as applied mathematics. Degree Requirements Candidates for the Master’s degree have six years to complete their degree after starting the program. Students are to consult with the Director of the Applied Statistics Graduate Program to formulate a program of study suitable to their individual needs. Degree requirements may be subject to change. Complete ten courses (30 credits) Maintain at least a 3.00 Grade Point Average Pass the Applied Statistics Comprehensive Examination Required Courses Statistical MethodsI & II Statistical Theory I & II Regression Methods Linear Statistical Models Applied Statistics Electives Multivariate Methods Survival Data Analysis Categorical Data Analysis Clinical Trials Design of Experiments Nonparametric Statistics Statistics Practicum Sampling Methods Operations Research Stochastic Processes Mathematical Modeling Statistical Programming Statistical Quality Control Selected Topics Time Series and Forecasting [-]

Master in Computer Science

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 6  August 2017 USA Villanova + 1 more

This graduate program provides expertise in applied and basic computing through its course offerings in computer systems, theory, languages, and algorithms. It is designed to prepare students for a career as a computing professional, although some students go on to pursue a Ph.D. degree. [+]

This graduate program provides expertise in applied and basic computing through its course offerings in computer systems, theory, languages, and algorithms. It is designed to prepare students for a career as a computing professional, although some students go on to pursue a Ph.D. degree. Program Requirements The degree requirements are made up of ten 3-credit courses, including a required Grand Challenges course in which the student explores a computing topic under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Please review the prerequisites to this program prior to applying. Follow the application guidelines when applying. Required Courses for the M.S. Degree in Computer Science: CSC 8000 Foundations of Algorithms and Data Structures CSC 8301 Design and Analysis of Algorithms CSC 8310 Linguistics of Programming Languages CSC 8400 Computer Systems CSC 8510 Theory of Computability CSC 9025 Grand Challenges of Computing Plus four elective courses approved for the Computer Science M.S. degree. Note that the electives include the thesis course (CSC 9030), which is designed to extend the independent study work into a full master's thesis. This is an attractive option for students considering further graduate education. Students may choose to participate in the practicum track that adds a 1-credit course (CSC 8990) to the requirements. This track requires work experience in a related field. [-]

Master in Human Resource Development

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 6  August 2017 USA Villanova + 1 more

The MS in HRD is based on generalist preparation,emphasizing strategic planning, organizational development, statistics,business development and organizational training. The program is ideal for students pursuing jobs in corporate human resource departments or in human resource consulting organizations. [+]

Villanova's Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development have been designed to accommodate the needs of all types of students. Campus courses are offered in the evenings and on weekends, allowing students to both work and pursue their education simultaneously. The MS in Human Resource Development is based on generalist preparation,emphasizing strategic planning, organizational development, statistics,business development and organizational training. The program is ideal for students pursuing jobs in corporate human resource departments or in human resource consulting organizations. The degree program offers students the flexibility to choose up to two elective courses from other graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences such as Public Administration or Communication. Final Examination Requirement: M.S. in HRD candidates must complete and pass one of the following final exams to complete the degree requirements: Villanova Written Comprehensive Examination PHR, SPHR, GPHR Assurance of Learning Assessment [-]

Master in Software Engineering

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 6  August 2017 USA Villanova + 1 more

This degree program provides the practical knowledge and experience needed to specify, design, develop, and maintain today's software systems. The program prepares students for either a career in software engineering or for advanced study in the field. [+]

This degree program provides the practical knowledge and experience needed to specify, design, develop, and maintain today's software systems. The program prepares students for either a career in software engineering or for advanced study in the field. Program Requirements The degree requirements are made up of ten 3-credit courses, including a required Grand Challenges course in which the student explores a computing topic under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Please review the prerequisites to this program prior to applying. Follow the application guidelines when applying. Required Courses for the M.S. Degree in Software Engineering: CSC 8000 Foundations of Algorithms and Data Structures CSC 8400 Computer Systems CSC 8490 Database Systems CSC 8540 Software Engineering CSC 8541 Requirements Engineering CSC 8542 Software Design and Evolution CSC 9025 Grand Challenges of Computing Plus three elective courses approved for the Software Engineering M.S. degree. Note that the electives include the thesis course (CSC 9030), which is designed to extend the independent study work into a full master's thesis. This is an attractive option for students considering further graduate education. Students may choose to participate in the practicum track that adds a 1-credit course (CSC 8990) to the requirements. This track requires work experience in a related field. [-]

MA

Master of Arts in Communication

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 6  August 2017 USA Villanova + 1 more

Communication theory and research are the foundation of graduate study in the department. [+]

Core Courses Communication theory and research are the foundation of graduate study in the department. After being oriented to graduate study within the program, students are required to engage coursework in strategic communication theory and at least one of the two required courses in methodology, qualitative or quantitative research methods in communication, prior to engaging any other coursework in the program. Focal Courses Upon completion of foundational coursework in the program, students engage focal courses in the discipline. As a discipline, communication focuses on the study and the practice of principled message negotiation within varied contexts. To ensure adequate exposure to these dimensions of communication, students complete two courses within each of the following focal areas: Principles, Practices and Contexts. Principles courses focus on the overarching philosophical, ethical, and methodological issues relevant to the study and practice of communication in multiple contexts. Practices courses focus on the strategic application of communication principles to the creation of messages within particular contexts. Contexts courses focus on the places, spaces, situations, and modalities within which principled communication has significant impact. Completion of a Degree Capstone To culminate studies toward the M.A. in Communication degree, students must complete a capstone experience by successfully completing either a comprehensive examination plus 5-6 additional elective course credits (students may opt to take two 1-credit courses along with Orientation (COM 8008) instead of a 3-credit elective course under the advisement of their graduate faculty mentor) or a written six-credit Master’s Thesis. The details of the capstone requirement are listed below. Capstone Requirement Options Non-thesis Option: After completing a minimum of 21 credits, students may apply to complete a written com­prehensive examination. The examination includes questions from the following three areas: Strategic Communication Theory (COM 8100), either Qualitative Research Methods (COM 8001) or Quantitative Research Methods (COM 8002) and a third elective course. Students may be invited to orally defend their written responses in order to demonstrate sufficient competency. Thesis Option: Students may apply for permission from the program to submit a written thesis and complete an oral defense as satisfaction of the capstone requirement. Work on the thesis will earn the equivalent of two courses (6 credits) toward the degree. The thesis project will be designed and completed under the supervision of an advisor, who must be graduate faculty in communication, and who is assisted by a committee of at least two other faculty members or professional consultants, one of whom must be from Communication. Students must have completed all required courses and a total of 21 credits and have formed a thesis committee approved by the program prior to regis­tering for thesis credits. In summary, the M.A. degree requires completion of at least 33 credit hours as follows: Required courses (10 credit hrs.): COM 8008 - Orientation to Graduate Study (1 hr.) COM 8100 - Strategic Communication Theory (3 hrs.) COM 8001 - Qualitative Research Methods (3 hrs.) COM 8002 - Quantitative Research Methods (3 hrs.) At l east two focal courses in each of the following areas (5-6 hours; students may opt to take two 1-credit courses along with Orientation (COM 8008) instead of a 3-credit elective course under the advisement of their graduate faculty mentor): Principles... [-]

Master of Arts in English

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 6  August 2017 USA Villanova + 1 more

To earn the Master's degree, you will complete 30 credits, including a thesis or an oral/written field examination. The only two formal requirements are a course in American literature before 1900 and another in British literature before 1800. [+]

To earn the Master's degree, you will complete 30 credits, including a thesis or an oral/written field examination. The only two formal requirements are a course in American literature before 1900 and another in British literature before 1800. An average grade of at least "B" must be maintained to remain in the program. Full-time students complete the curriculum in two years, taking two or three courses each semester, but you may also pursue your studies on a part-time basis, in which case you may take up to six years to earn the degree. Your M.A. coursework provides you the opportunity to study in a variety of areas, while the thesis or field exam allows you to develop expertise in a particular field. If you elect to write a thesis, you will give sustained critical attention to an author, theme or small selection of texts. If you pursue the field examination, you will read a list of works compiled in consultation with your advisor that allows you to explore a field of your own definition. At all stages, the program is deeply committed to your development as a literary scholar. Before entering the program, you will be is assigned an advisor who can help you plan your course of study. Once you've completed nine credits, you may request an advisor with expertise in your area of interest. Teaching Internships To ensure that our Master’s candidates have the opportunity to gain undergraduate teaching experience while pursuing their degree, the Graduate English Program has developed a unique teaching internship program. This program is designed to allow each Master’s candidate to receive one-on-one instruction and mentoring from our graduate faculty in how to be an effective teacher at the college level. At the end of their first year of study, students who have maintained at least a B+ average and who have no outstanding incompletes may approach a graduate faculty member who is teaching an upper-level English course of particular interest to them and request permission to serve as his or her teaching intern. Interns attend all class sessions; confer with each student at least once during the semester concerning their work for the class; teach two to three classes under the supervision of the faculty member; and complete a final project for the course that is either (1) a substantial critical essay concerning the subject matter of the course or (2) a research project concerning trends and issues within college-level pedagogy. For this work, the student receives three credits toward their degree. Some of the courses are as following: Approaches to Premodern Literature: Medieval Field Survey The study of premodern "English" literature requires students to supplement their usual interpretive skills with a slightly different toolkit. This course will act as a survey of the current field of English medieval literary studies and will introduce students to the interdisciplinary approaches and debates important to medieval studies. The course will work to give a broad view of the state of the field from the nitty-gritty materiality of manuscript studies to the latest trends in critical theory--including the explosion of medieval animal studies and the non-human turn. We will examine medieval textualities, the history of the book, and the formation of critical editions; we will explore the new philology, contemporary translation studies, and England's multilingual literary culture. We will also delve into the continuing debates over the aptness of contemporary theory to premodern texts. Although some of our primary texts will be read in translation, there will also be significant reading in Middle English. No previous experience with Middle English is necessary. Sex Before Sexology This class asks what sex looked and felt like before the instantiation of modern identity categories such as homosexuality or heterosexuality--before, that is, our desires became an index to our souls. To this end, we'll examine texts by nineteenth-century American writers that represent the experiences and expressions of what we now call sexuality, but do so in ways that resist the organizational force that term implies. Many of our texts will represent same-sex desires and gender deviant or, in at least one case, transgender expressions. As readers, then, our challenge won't be to locate so-called queer content, but instead to know how to interpret this content--to ascertain, as Jordan Stein put it, "what exactly this evidence is evidence of." Do we, for instance, see pre-sexological representations of homoeroticism as somehow anticipatory, moving toward attitudes and behaviors that only now can be fully understood? Or might we see them as articulating alternative possibilities or futures that never came to pass? All of our texts, moreover, implicitly and explicitly position their representations of sex along the black/white color line that constituted the period's dominant system for racial distinction. We'll quickly find that interpreting sex in nineteenth-century American also demands that we grapple with the histories of race, particularly slavery, scientific racism, and the fears surrounding interracial sex and mixed race people. Primary texts will likely include Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance, "The Man Who Thought Himself a Woman" (anonymously published), Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, selected poetry by Walt Whitman, Sarah Orne Jewett's The Country of the Pointed Firs, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's Iola Leroy, selected stories by Mary Wilkins Freeman, Pauline Hopkins's Contending Forces, and Henry James's In the Cage--along with primary documents from Sexology Uncensored: The Documents of Sexual Science. [-]

Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies

Campus Full time August 2017 USA Villanova

The M.A. program consists of 30 credit hours of coursework and it may be completed in two years of full-time study. The program prepares students to pursue a doctoral degree in Hispanic literature, linguistics or cultural studies, or a career in teaching in higher education or at the secondary level. [+]

The M.A. program consists of 30 credit hours of coursework and it may be completed in two years of full-time study. The program prepares students to pursue a doctoral degree in Hispanic literature, linguistics or cultural studies, or a career in teaching in higher education or at the secondary level. It also offers high school teachers an excellent opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills as a means of career advancement.

Degree Requirements for the M.A. Thirty semester credit hours satisfies the requirements for the Master of Arts program in Hispanic Studies. Upon successful completion of course work with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (3.5 for Teaching Assistants) each candidate must pass a written comprehensive exam. ... [-]

Master of Arts in Political Science

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 6  August 2017 USA Villanova + 1 more

The Master's program in political science offers a wide range of courses in American government, international relations, comparative politics and political philosophy. [+]

The Master's program in political science offers a wide range of courses in American government, international relations, comparative politics and political philosophy. The courses permit students to explore the key issues in contemporary domestic and international politics from both a substantive/policy perspective as well as a scholarly/theoretical perspective. Our program is ideal for students considering Ph.D. programs, preparing for law school, or interested in careers in applied fields such a government service, journalist, non-profit sector, foreign service or secondary education. Our faculty is committed to our students' development throughout their course of study. Students will find our diverse faculty offer a variety of philosophical, pedagogical and theoretical approaches to politics and boast a wide range of scholarly interests. All courses are small, discussion based seminars with average enrollment of 15 students. Courses are exclusively offered at night and during the summer. Master's Certificate in Political Science Students who are not planning to enroll in the regular M.A. program can apply for a Graduate Certificate in either American Government or International Relations and Comparative Politics Master's Research Track in Political Science Students interested in going on to a Ph.D. program have the option of selecting courses from our research track. The center piece of the research track is a six credit M.A. thesis. Students planning to write a thesis have to enroll in the fall semester of their second year in a research pro-seminar. The seminar discusses strategies for "discovering" interesting topics within the students area of interest, introduces students to useful research skills and tools and tries to develop an esprit the corps among students. The students will leave the seminar with a well developed thesis proposal. This proposal will guide the student's subsequent research and thesis writing that will be supervised by individual faculty members. Students interested in advanced quantitative methodologies can enroll in courses offered either in the statistics or MPA program Curriculum The faculty offer a wide range of courses in the political science curriculum. We also periodically update the types of courses we offer to reflect faculty expertise and interests. Our rotation policy ensures that more than 18 different courses will be offered every two years. All students pursuing the MA in Political Science must complete PSC 7000 Research and Concepts and Approaches and one course from each of the three concentrations: American Government, International Relations and Comparative Politics, Political Philosophy. Students will take their remaining six courses from the three concentrations. A total of thirty credits are required for the degree. Students may take up to six credits outside the department to enroll in courses related to their field of study. Students interested in the content of specific courses, the nature of assignments and pedagogy of our faculty are invited to click on the various course numbers under "Additional Resources" in the right hand column. The course numbers are linked to the courses' syllabi and provide students with more detailed information of what to expect in our graduate seminars. The oral comprehensive exam tests the student’s knowledge of course specifics and general themes in political science. Prior to the exam, the student submits to the graduate director a portfolio containing an abstract of each paper written while in the program, a list of courses taken, and at least five discussion questions which may be used during the exam at the discretion of the evaluation committee. [-]

Master of Arts in Theology

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 6  September 2017 USA Villanova + 1 more

Our program goals reflect our departmental academic vision of "doing theology" in the Augustinian tradition, and our academic vision. [+]

Our program goals reflect our departmental academic vision of "doing theology" in the Augustinian tradition, and our academic vision. Engaging Faith and Culture Pursue three questions concerning content, context, and application of theological studies with a focus on faith engaging culture: What is the fundamental truth of a faith claim (veritas)? What are its biblical, historical, and contemporary cultural contexts (unitas)? What are its ethical, spiritual and ministerial significance (caritas)? Integrating Knowledge Bring theological perspectives (and their methods of analysis) in dialogue with each other: biblical, historical and Augustinian, fundamental theological and doctrinal, ethical, spiritual, and ministerial. Learning in the Augustinian Tradition Become familiar with the classical questions of the western theological tradition by studying the intersection of theology and culture from within diverse academic areas. Courses It takes 36 credit hours of academic course work to complete the program – a mix of elective and required courses. You may choose elective courses from among many possibilities. See the program worksheet. Languages Our master's program requires you to pass a Language Examination that demonstrates reading comprehension in a foreign language. This policy explains specific requirements. In some circumstances, the Language Examination requirement may be waived; please inquire with our graduate program director. Program Exit Strategies Write an integrative thesis OR pass an integrative examination. These are not for credit options. Research Proseminar You are required to attend a Research Proseminar in the fall semester of your first year. Declaring a concentration You may choose a concentration during the course of the program; you do not have to declare a concentration when you apply for admission to one of our programs. We will notify the registrar at the time of your graduation that you have completed the concentration. Areas of concentration A concentration consists of four or more courses. We offer concentrations in these academic areas: Biblical Studies Historical Studies, Historical Theology and Augustinian Tradition Systematic Theology Christian Spirituality Christian Ethics Lay Ministry [-]

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