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Villanova University, School of Business Part Time MBA

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is a premier institution that offers undergraduate programs, graduate programs and executive education. Villanova is the only university founded by the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Augustine, and the Augustinian values of truth, community, caring and leading through service are infused throughout the curricula of our programs. Founded in 1922, VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens.

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Program Type Part Time

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Villanova University School of Business Says

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is a premier institution that offers undergraduate programs, graduate programs and executive education. Villanova is the only university founded by the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Augustine, and the Augustinian values of truth, community, caring and leading through service are infused throughout the curricula of our programs. Founded in 1922, VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

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Bloomberg

#19 Businessweek Part Time MBA Programs

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The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Information

Applicants to Villanova's MBA programs must submit an online application, official transcripts for all post-secondary academic work, an official GMAT score report, two personal essays (at a maximum of 600 words each), two letters of recommendation, and a professional resume. International students who earned undergraduate degrees in a country where...Applicants to Villanova's MBA programs must submit an online application, official transcripts for all post-secondary academic work, an official GMAT score report, two personal essays (at a maximum of 600 words each), two letters of recommendation, and a professional resume. International students who earned undergraduate degrees in a country where English is not the first language must also submit an official TOEFL score report and an evaluation of their transcripts provided by an approved translation service.

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Important Dates

Round 1
June

30

Deadline
August

25

Start

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 558
Total Full-Time Faculty 142
Full-Time Faculty 66%

Student Life

Given the inherent struggle of maintaining a full-time job while pursuing a graduate degree, it’s no surprise that Villanova students are generally “engaged and hardwork­ing,” though they are a “friendly and collaborative” bunch, too. A huge benefit academ­ically and socially, students at Villanova are “very diverse in terms of academic back­ground, work experience, life experience, ethnicity, interests, and age.” Here, you’ll share a classroom (and chat over drinks) with “early- to mid-career professionals across a wide-range of industry sectors, ranging from healthcare to energy to financial services.” At Villanova, “most students work all day and then attend class at night,” which makes for an incredibly busy schedule. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean MBAs never socialize. While some students spend little time at school or with their MBA colleagues, others forge meaningful friendships in the program. “After class, a lot of the students go to the bar together,” and the school schedules various events, including “regular casual happy hours, resume and LinkedIn profile counseling, lectures, [and] fundraisers,” at both Villanova campuses. One student enthuses, “The networking opportunities that the pro­gram has provided me have far exceeded what I expected, especially in a part-time pro­gram. I have made a lot of friends who I expect will be lifelong contacts.”

Career

As a part-time program, Villanova isn’t focused on job placement as much as on prepar­ing students to excel in their current field. Certainly, the Villanova MBA will help you “to improve your career options and ultimately to get a better job”; for most Villanova stu­dents, however, that better job is something they are pursuing at their current company, rather than through a career search. As such, the MBA program doesn’t offer many recruitment or networking opportunities for graduate students. Those looking to make a career change generally “have to create their own opportunities through networking sites such as LinkedIn, or postings on job sites.” Fortunately, stu­dents note an improvement is already in process: “There is a new graduate career place­ment person who has been very diligent in working with students for positions after their MBA.” In addition, the school offers a number of career-related resources, includ­ing corporate information sessions, career coaching, and online resources, and students can also reach out to Villanova’s “strong alumni network.”

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Students Say

For Philly professionals, the Villanova MBA is a smart choice, providing “solid academ­ic rigor while allowing a degree of flexibility needed for working professionals.” Widely known as the “best part-time program offered in the area,” the MBA is offered on two urban campuses and in two distinct formats. Busy students with demanding jobs will appreciate the Flex MBA, which can be started any semester and allows students to com­plete coursework in three to five years of study. In the Flex MBA, “You can really move at your own pace based on work/life balance, financial readiness, and learning style.” Those looking for maximum efficiency will likely prefer the cohort-based Fast Track pro­gram, which allows you to complete the MBA in two years while maintaining full-time employment. In addition to praising the speedy degree, Fast Track students say “the cohort environment is incredibly beneficial with regards to networking.” For students in either track, the MBA begins with core coursework, including account­ing, economics, and management. After completing the core, students choose electives from a “large variety of course offerings,” and have the option of tailoring their degree by pursuing a specialization in finance, health care management, international business, corporate management, or marketing, or by pursuing a real-estate concentration through the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate. “Elective courses are outstanding,” and include special “opportunities for international travel and learning” through the over­seas programs; recent trips have taken students to business capitals like Dubai and Milan. Villanova doesn’t stop there: In addition to coursework, students must complete a consulting project with a local nonprofit company, and another with a global corpora­tion. (Note that “the Fast Track curriculum includes a one-week international trip” as a part of the Strategic Management for Global Organizations class, though overseas pro­grams are optional for Flex Track students.) Finally, “The Leadership Development class­es that bookend the program are especially valuable in group work and networking for MBA students.” The faculty comprises both academics and career professionals, so “Some core courses have more academic-oriented professors while some have professors with substantial work experience.” While students might prefer one type of professor to the other, all agree that it’s “a good balance” among the faculty. Just as important, most professors are accessible, friendly, and “really want to help students maximize their potential.” A stu­dent adds, “So far, I have nothing but good things to say about the teaching quality at Villanova. I’ve never had a problem reaching a teacher outside of class, and I’ve never had a professor that I didn’t understand.” That said, The Villanova curriculum was recently revamped, and students mention that, “There have definitely been some serious kinks in the administrative side of the program.” Fortunately, “the staff encourages and actually listens to student feedback,” so problems rarely persist.

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    The Bartley Business Information Center is located in room 1005 in the VSB building. It is staffed by librarians offering expert research consultations on a drop in basis. In addition, Falvey Library offers online access to thousands of top business-related databases, books and journals.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    The International Student Services Office at Villanova University serves international students at all program levels. The office provides assistance with: immigration rights and responsibilities; educational, social, and personal counseling; cultural adjustment issues; and campus and community activities.

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    Villanova University's Gay-Straight Coalition is a group of students, faculty, and staff working together to build upon the Augustinian concept of community. In particular, the coalition seeks to foster understanding of sexual orientation within a Catholic Judeo-Christian environment. The coalition is open to students at all program levels.

  • Minority Support Groups:

    The Center for Multicultural Affairs at Villanova University serves Villanova students at all program levels. The center seeks to ensure the academic and social success of all students, particularly those underrepresented at Villanova in terms of race, ethnicity and family income. It accomplishes its mission through advocacy, diversity education, programming, and promoting organizational awareness and change.

  • Research Facilities:

    The Bartley Business Information Center is located in room 1005 in the VSB building. It is staffed by librarians offering expert research consultations on a drop in basis. In addition, Falvey Library offers online access to thousands of top business-related databases, books and journals.

  • Study Abroad:

    Varies by year; destinations may include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, China, Costa Rica, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Malaysia and Vietnam.

  • Women Support Groups:

    The Villanova School of Business has a graduate chapter of the national Women in Business organization.

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Villanova University School of Business include:

Thomas Quindlen - President & CEO, GE Capital Corporate Finance

Robert J. McCarthy - COO, Marriott International, Inc.

Robert F. Moran - President and CEO, PetSmart, Inc.

Beth Mazzeo - COO, Bloomberg

Christopher T. Gheysens - President & CEO, Wawa

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