Villanova University – 100% Online Programs

Founded in 1842, Villanova University is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Through the years, Villanova has become widely recognized as the expert in professional education, with thousands of online enrollments that include professionals from numerous Fortune 500 companies. Villanova University offers a variety of dynamic, 100% online certificate programs and graduate degree programs designed with you and your busy schedule in mind. From Project Management to Information Security, from Six Sigma to Human Resources, Villanova’s master certificate programs are designed to help you obtain industry recognized certifications that will help you enhance your skills and advance in your career.

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Villanova University





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  • Certificates: courses begin at the start of each month
  • Degrees: classes begin 6 times per year

Villanova and its programs have received accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the AACSB International, and the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board. Villanova is a member in good standing of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE) has recognized many Villanova University’s certificate programs as course material suitable for college credit recommendation. The Villanova College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission of the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Master of Public Administration degree program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

  • Villanova University has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 Regional University in the North for more than 20 years
  • U.S. News & World Report 2015 ranks Villanova University as #1 Great Schools, Great Prices in the North 
  •  Villanova’s College of Nursing has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN).
  • Named a Best Northeastern College and one of The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition by The Princeton Review
Student Services:
From your first enrollment to the completion of your Master Certificate or degree graduation day, you will have a dedicated team to guide you along your journey that includes your faculty, enrollment advisor, and technical support specialist. As you continue your journey of lifelong learning, we will be here to help you choose which continuing education or degree program is right for you to help you achieve your personal and career goals.

Program Details

Gain Today's Most Sought-After Skills With a Leader in Online Executive Education.
Villanova University offers intensive certificate programs and respected graduate and undergraduate degree programs 100% online.

Certificate Programs: With 100% online convenience, students can prepare for industry-recognized certifications such as PMP®, Six Sigma®, PMI-ACP®, CFCM®, and CISSP®. Master certificates are available in a variety of high-demand professional disciplines, including:

Agile Management – A growing number of organizations worldwide are reaping the benefits of Agile Methodology. Villanova University is the only top-tier university delivering complete Agile management education 100% online that enables you to prepare for multiple industry certifications such as PMI-ACP® from PMI and PSM™ from

Project Management — For professionals managing projects, the IS/IT Project Management and Applied Project Management master certificate programs are ideal. Students can learn the latest Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide — Fifth Edition) to prepare for the PMP® or CAPM® certification exams.

Lean Six Sigma — In addition to its core Lean Six Sigma program, Villanova offers specializations in healthcare, financial services and information technology. These dynamic programs also prepare students for Villanova’s industry-recognized Green Belt, Lean Sensei, Lean Black Belt and Lean Master Black Belt certifications.

Agile Contract Management — Whether students choose commercial or government contract management, both master certificate programs include information on Agile methodologies for contract management and are carefully aligned with the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Contract Management Body of Knowledge to prepare students for the CFCM®, CCCM® and CPCM® certification exams.

IS Security — Villanova’s IS Security master certificate programs address topics critical to start towards success in today's security-conscious IT environment. These programs also prepare professionals for in-demand certifications including CompTIA Security+™, CISSP®, SSCP®, CAP® and CASP®.  The Master Certificate in Information Security Management – Government provides CNSS National Standards 4011 training 100% online.

Business and Law of Sports – Offered through the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law, Villanova University School of Law, this program helps students hone the skills needed to meet the challenges of organizations within the sports industry with topics such as Business and Legal Aspects of Professional Sports and Mastering Representation and Regulation.

Business Analysis – This comprehensive program helps professionals develop in-demand skills to identify, analyze and design processes to improve the overall flow of information, to determine the business requirements that drive IT projects, and helps students prepare for the CBAP® certification exam offered by the IIBA®.

Business Process Management – This program provides an overview of the methods organizations use to assess, map and diagram their process improvement initiatives. Students will gain an understanding of the business process management tools and concepts employed by many of today’s most successful organizations. Villanova recently augmented its online certificate offerings with the Master Certificate in Business Process Management – Healthcare.

Software Testing – IT professionals will attain the skills to help software testing specialists increase quality and decrease costs due to software errors. In addition, this online program prepares students for the Certified Tester, Foundation Level (CTFL) certification exam offered by the ISTQB®.

IT Service Management/ITIL® – Learn to align IT resources with business strategy in Villanova’s Master Certificate in IT Service Management. Discover the best practices of ITIL® with project management process improvements, while also preparing for EXIN’s ITIL® Foundation level certification exam.

Business Intelligence – This program helps professionals analyze an organization’s performance from a 360-degree view. Professionals can earn Villanova’s industry-recognized Certified Professional in Business Intelligence (CPBI) certification while strengthening their strategic, tactical and operational decision-making skills. Villanova recently added the Master Certificate in Business Intelligence – Healthcare to its online programs.

Human Resource Management — The Master Certificate in Human Resource Management imparts essential HR skills necessary to lead company-wide improvement initiatives. Aligned with the latest edition of the SHRM Learning System®, this program prepares you for career-transforming human resource certifications including SHRM-CP™ and SHRM-SCP™.

Undergraduate Degrees
Completion Programs for Working Professionals:
Now working professionals like you have more choices than ever to move ahead in your career or continue on to a better one. Through the convenience of 100% online instruction, you’ll have the flexibility to maintain a healthy work/life balance. In fact, you’ll be able to walk at your graduation ceremony – just like on-campus students!
Bachelor of Arts in Public Service & Administration
This timely program prepares students for entry or advancement into a variety of careers in government, non-profit, private, military, and private sectors by teaching a broad field of study with an emphasis on leadership development and covers topics such as strategic planning, public policy and budgeting, ethics, organizational effectiveness and more.

Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies
Strengthen your leadership and management skills while completing your degree. Designed to prepare you for leadership roles, this program is an ideal choice for motivated professionals seeking career advancement.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in General Studies
Create your own degree by focusing on the areas that interest you. By studying a broad spectrum of subjects, you’ll be positioned for advancement in a variety of careers. Or this degree may serve as a stepping stone toward a graduate degree in another discipline.

Foster greater professional growth and advancement opportunities in the vital nursing field with a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degree! Through the convenience of 100% online* courses, you’ll interact with classmates in live, instructor-led discussions, and complete the same esteemed BSN degree as Villanova’s campus-based students.
Villanova’s College of Nursing- designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League- is an exploration of the processes, concepts, technologies and tools that can empower you to deliver the optimal level of care to patients, assess the healthcare needs of communities, and cultivate your own leadership abilities.
*All courses are conducted 100% online. Clinical experience must be completed at the student’s place of employment or another nearby health facility.

Graduate Degree Programs: You can earn the same esteemed degree as the university’s campus-based students and position yourself for leadership roles within your organization or community. No GRE or GMAT scores are necessary for admissions consideration.

Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Whether you’re managing a municipal department or an entire city, serving in the military or are looking to move into a role in the public domain, a 100% online Master of Public Administration can help take your career to new heights. This program will prepare you to effectively lead and manage across local/state/federal government, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and the non-profit sector. Recognized scholars and practitioners will help you develop your analytical, decision-making, management and leadership skills, providing you with the knowledge you need to influence organizational change, develop programs and solve problems.

Master of Science in Human Resource Development — HR professionals with career-building credentials, such as a Master’s in HR Development, are more likely to distinguish themselves from the other candidates. Villanova’s 100% online program is designed for those who aspire to work or advance within a corporate human resource department or human resource consulting firm. Established human resource professionals are provided with the latest tools, and best practices in a range of topics, including: organizational change, human resource planning, compensation, internal human resources, training and project management.

Villanova Online Resources

PMP® PDU Requirements – Maintaining Your Credential – Learn how Villanova can help you meet your PMP certification PDU requirements. Tips and strategies to fulfill your PDU requirements and remain in good standing as a certified PMP.

Career Enhancing Master's Certificates Online – get the training and certification you need to set yourself apart. Villanova University online offers an array of master's certificates to help improve performance, enhance skills, and prepare for industry certification. Learn at your convenience and become a noted expert in your field.

Earn Your Master's in HR Degree or MPA Degree Online – 100% online public administration and human resource master's degrees through Villanova University. Expert video-based learning technology eliminates the obstacles of time and location, enabling you to enroll in the institution U.S. News & World Report has ranked as the #1 Master's University in the Northern Region for more than 20 years.

Green Belt, Lean Black Belt, and Lean Six Sigma Certification Requirements – Find out what it takes to gain industry recognized certifications through the worldwide leader in Six Sigma online education.

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