Villanova School of Business Brochure 2020

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The Villanova School of Business Developing Business Leaders for a Better World®

Since 1922, the Villanova School of Business has been a leader among business schools in fostering an environment that enables students and other members of our community to develop the knowledge, experience and values needed for a lifetime of learning.

Our holistic approach includes a liberal arts foundation and collaboration with the business and academic communities to create, share and apply knowledge that connects theory to practice. Our curriculum encourages students to explore the interconnected nature of business disciplines and to shape innovative and strategic solutions that address contemporary business problems.

Our Augustinian Catholic mission calls upon us to put forth truth, community and service in all that we do. These values help make our leaders more knowledgeable and capable, our organizations stronger, and our purpose clearer. Therefore, the role of our Augustinian values in business education is not only strong, it is an imperative for developing leaders who can move us forward in our tireless pursuit of positive change for a better world.

About VSB

We strive to create a learning environment unprecedented in the world of business education— one that transforms lives, positively impacts society, nurtures creativity, assures an analytical approach, provides a global perspective and develops ethical leaders. As we celebrate a century of success, we have reflected on our rich legacy and look forward to shaping a bright future.

At the Villanova School of Business, we bring together world-class experts and exceptional students to cultivate an appreciation for the interconnected nature of the business world.

Our extended community of alumni, parents and corporate partners is a key component in our ability to deliver a high-quality education. In partnership, we can expand our boundaries of current business knowledge to develop new and better practices that take into account an ever-changing global economy. The VSB community—faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends—is our greatest strength, and I am honored to serve as dean. Our shared Villanova experience represents our continued commitment to finding new ways of increasing our impact through the Augustinian principles of Veritas, Unitas and Caritas

Joyce E.A. Russell, PhD

The Helen and William O'Toole Dean Professor of Management Villanova School of Business

Message from the Dean

Become what you are not yet.” – St. Augustine

Developing business leaders for a better world through the Augustinian values of truth, community, caring and leading through service.

The Role of Values in Business Education

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In any given day, business leaders make countless decisions. Whether it's managing people or directing investments, growing a business or creating a new one, every decision offers an opportunity for positive change—the potential to advance our world and seek what makes us better. Leadership that thinks and acts responsibly and serves a greater purpose demands more than knowledge and natural ability. It requires a deeply held commitment to pursuing excellence and the optimal outcome for our organization and our society.

Our values are present throughout all elements of the VSB experience. Across our students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners, we are rooted in our Augustinian tradition, but also restless to become what we are not yet. This sense of commitment and shared purpose creates a strong community of humble servant leaders who together continually strive to build a better world in all that we do.

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At the Villanova School of Business, our Augustinian values provide the framework for our mission and for our approach to business education. Driven by the ideals of truth, community and service to others, we create an environment where students strengthen both their intellectual curiosity and their values. They build the competencies to succeed, to pursue lifelong learning and to truly become business leaders for a better world.

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Rooted in Ideals for a Better World

The strength of Villanova's community, rooted in these shared values, creates a unique learning environment and enables our students to achieve exceptional outcomes.

We readily engage in Villanova traditions such as St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service and Special Olympics, but it doesn't end there. Service happens every day in our community. From alumni mentoring, to socially responsible investing, to social enterprise consulting, there is a shared recognition of our good fortune and a steadfast commitment to helping others find success.

Our values are at the heart of our approach to business education. We passionately pursue truth in our curriculum, blending a strong liberal arts core with solid business fundamentals. Exposure to a breadth of topics enables our students to build strong analytical and critical thinking skills and to become creative problem-solvers who can tackle challenges large and small in our world.

Our community advances the student experience even further. With small class sizes, VSB students engage with faculty and collaborate in and out of the classroom.

Above all, we embrace a commitment to service.

98.9% of VSB undergraduates find successful full-time place ment within six months of graduation with an average starting salary of $69,031. Our MBA students enjoy an average salary increase of 25% following the completion of their degrees. More importantly, our students graduate with an orientation to serve as responsible leaders who use their knowledge for making a difference.

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These interactions span research, case competitions, professional development, mentorship and much more. In fact, students and alumni often say our faculty feel as passionate about their students' success as their own. That emphasis on helping others succeed underlies much of VSB. With individualized academic and professional development counseling, career and executive coaching, and a robust lineup of academic and professional societies, our students build a network of supporters devoted to positive outcomes.


Ensure students work well in diverse teams with colleagues from different backgrounds and unique perspectives.

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Develop students to become better business writers and to communicate effectively to advocate for novel concepts and convey complex recommendations.


The rapidly evolving business climate demands more from leaders by way of resilience and adaptability. Building upon our strengths in critical thinking and creative problem-solving, we look to strengthen competencies in four critical areas:

Promote ethical servant leadership, focused on advancing the organization's mission; helping others; and advancing our world through innovation, growth and fairness.


For our students

Foster agile thinking around the use of technology, data and analytics to solve business problems across every discipline.


For our community

We commit to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. A community is at its best when everyone feels an equal sense of welcome and belonging. That happens through a greater sense of awareness not only for others' perspectives but how our own biases may keep others from feeling connected to the community. After all, when we feel welcome, we participate confidently and contribute without hesitation. We benefit from the diversity of thought and experiences to fuel growth and innovation—whether it's in the classroom, in research or in the workplace.

Additional efforts will promote research with tangible impact within and beyond academia and facilitate more faculty collaboration on research, paired with the mentorship, training and support faculty need at different stages of their careers. Together, these elements will bring new ideas to life in the classroom, attract and retain top scholars, positively impact society, and increase faculty satisfaction through the full trajectory of their careers.

We will grow further through research. Generating new knowledge ties directly to our pursuit of truth but also aligns with our designation as a national university. Advancing scholarship requires an investment in infrastructure—establishing the appropriate motivators, incentives and resources necessary to support quality research. In concert with the University strategic plan, we are also focused on increasing funding and expanding student engagement in faculty research. That includes engaging graduate fellows as well as undergraduate students interested in research through the expansion of the VSB Research Scholars program.

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Our values make us strong in many ways, but we also recognize our work continues. As the custodians of our Augustinian heritage, we must continue to invest in what moves us toward a better world. We asked all our stakeholders, “What are the most important ways we could do more to advance our students, strengthen our community and support our faculty to achieve greater impact?” In true Villanova fashion, our entire community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and other partners—eagerly stepped forward with ideas and guidance to shape our priorities and further our mission.

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To that end, we established an Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) within VSB to foster that sense of belonging throughout our community. For example, we have Diversity Champions throughout VSB to help students, faculty and staff become more conscious of differences based on heritage, gender identity and sexual orientation. We are also examining opportunities to make our curriculum more inclusive. These efforts are critical to attracting students of diverse backgrounds and also underrepresented faculty whose perspectives enrich our community. Meaningful progress on DEI is also of the utmost importance to our employers, who share our commitment to these goals.

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Villanova School of Business students think strategically, explore globally and act ethically. With an innovative and academically rigorous curricu lum, supported by a liberal arts core and Augustinian values, Villanova business students are fully prepared with knowledge, skills and experience to make a meaningful difference in the world. Ignited by change, VSB students become well-rounded leaders and committed citizens who go on to become top executives and renowned experts.



A balance of business and liberal arts coursework serves to instill the fundamentals of critical insight, mature judgment and independent thinking. The knowledge students gain fosters a sense of the importance of values and the moral responsibility of caring for others, allowing them to work for the betterment of society. VSB offers seven majors, two co-majors and 11 minors. Students benefit from small class sizes, with only a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. In addition, VSB students can earn a minor or major from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in such disciplines as communications, political science or languages.

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VSB is nationally recognized as a top business school and a pioneer of curricular innovation. Our highly integrated, rigorous curriculum— infused with team teaching, guest speakers, simulations, global perspectives, service learning opportunities, a firm grounding in ethics and an applied education—prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex and fast-paced world of business.

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VSB brings together exceptional students with world-class faculty. This collaboration, along with our multidisciplinary approach and liberal arts tradition, ensures that VSB students become successful businesspeople and first-class global leaders—leaders who know how to think holistically and solve problems creatively, and who remain committed to their ethical responsibilities throughout their careers.

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VSB students begin taking business courses in their first year and continue to fulfill VSB core requirements throughout their academic career. In junior and senior years, students focus on major and minor coursework. VSB students take approximately 50% of their required courses in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to ensure they become more well-rounded individuals and are exposed to a wide range of topics.

Students study the fundamentals of business, explore new issues in real time and complete corporate projects. All students earn Bloomberg Certification and have access to an online subscription to the Wall Street Journal, which is incorporated into their classroom experience.

Curriculum Highlights

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In addition to our majors and minors, VSB offers four concentrations—a curated group of related courses—to complement a particular major field of study.

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Sophomore Year – The required B2B sophomore seminar focuses on self-assessment, career decisionmaking, personal branding, internship and job search processes, interviewing skills, and networking. Students are presented with opportunities to interact with alumni and employers to practice skills critical for success.

First Year – Students are required to participate in and reflect on professional development activities related to college planning, major(s) selection, career exploration and professional skill building. Each student crafts a professional resume; practices business writing; participates in networking training; and utilizes Handshake, the campus career-management portal.

Junior Year – The B2B junior year seminar, also known as the Bartley BriefCASE Challenge, provides preparation for and culminates in an internal case competition. Written and verbal communication skills, analysis, team dynamics, and leadership are integrated throughout the course while students simultaneously work in small groups to analyze a case and present their findings and recommendations to a panel of company executives and faculty. This course also provides networking opportunities for students to interact with business professionals.

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Senior Year – Students are encouraged to engage in career and professional development activities and utilize the resources offered by VSB, the Villanova Career Center and the VU Seniors program as appropriate for their needs and interests. In the future, all VSB seniors will be invited to participate in a Leadership Academy with the opportunity to choose from sections dedicated to communication in the workplace, leadership styles, negotiation skills, workplace diversity and more.


B2B integrates professional development into the business curriculum throughout the four-year academic program, supplementing traditional academic courses and providing holistic preparation for success as professionals.

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State-of-the-Art Facilities

Co-Curricular Opportunities

The Victoria and Justin Gmelich ’90 Lab for Financial Markets is a state-of-the art facility where students and faculty can study and research in an environment parallel to a Wall Street trading floor with greater exposure to real estate, analytics, management information systems and other fields. The Wildcat Fund and Real Estate Society—student-run organizations that actively manage a portfolio of equity and fixed-income securities and a real estate investment fund— are among the many groups that use the lab extensively to obtain real-world experience.

VSB students are well-informed, highly motivated individuals who excel in the classroom and beyond. Students come from more than 40 states and more than 30 countries, bringing with them diverse backgrounds and experiences. Beyond the classroom, our students are involved in more than 30 active business societies and nearly 250 campus-wide clubs. Involvement in the organizations provides avenues to gather information focused on a specific industry or career path, connect with employers, and network with students who share similar professional interests. Through in-class assignments, service trips and volunteer opportunities, students have the chance to serve local, national and international communities and support nonprofits around the world.

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VSB partners with the Office of Education Abroad to provide students with the opportunity to experience the world beyond the borders of our campus and country. More than 54% of VSB students study or work overseas during their time at Villanova. Students also have the opportunity to participate in international service trips, enabling them to share their skills and capabilities in developing countries.

Global Opportunities

The Global Citizens Program, open to first-year VSB students, is one of our many unique offerings. This overseas, 16-week spring study experience combines academic coursework with a practical internship located in either London or Singapore and Australia. The program is designed to offer a unique and life-altering academic experience to first-year business students.

Designed to provide students with an opportunity to emphasize and integrate global leadership throughout their undergraduate experience, the Global Leadership Fellows Program includes special curricular and extracurricular offerings that encourage increased international study and support the pursuit of careers in global business. VSB's Moran Center for Global Leadership also offers a Global Business concentration, a multidisciplinary concentration for non-business students seeking a global business credential.


The O'Donnell Center for Professional Development

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Academic Advising: An Integrated Approach

Named in honor of the late VSB Dean Emeritus Alvin A. Clay '51 VSB, who was a dedicated alumnus, faculty member and dean, the Clay Center offers personalized, comprehensive information to assist students in gaining a clear understanding of what is needed to pursue their degree at VSB, as well as to support students' exploration and pursuit of careers following graduation.

VSB employs a four-year, integrated advising program. The VSB advising team—consisting of academic advisors, peer advisors and faculty mentors— facilitates the exploration and development of academic and career goals and empowers students to be responsible decision-makers and active participants in defining their futures. The advising team is a support system—from orientation to graduation—that provides exemplary academic resources, enabling students to be active members of the Villanova student body and to successfully apply their unique talents and knowledge to become socially responsible members of the global community. Services provided by VSB's advising program include academic advising, peer advising, faculty mentors, resource fairs, peer tutors, study abroad support and more.

Davis Fund for Student Experiences

Housed in the Clay Center, the Charlotte and James V. O’Donnell ’63 Center for Professional Development (ODC) provides professional development activities that enrich students' academic journey with insights and experiences that support their professional goals. Thanks to the generosity of Charlotte and James V. O’Donnell ’63, the Center creates opportunities for students to learn about themselves and the business world by engaging with practitioners and applying classroom lessons to the real world.

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The Davis Fund for Student Experiences provides financial support for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in unique and exceptional learning experiences. Thanks to the generosity of Jim C. Davis ’81 VSB and Kim Davis, the Davis Fund makes grants to applicants who engage in opportunities to enhance their VSB education in exceptional ways. This may include conferences, research, independent study, case competitions, nonprofit service, global opportunities or something truly different.

Academic Internships and CoOp Programs

Experiential education is an integral part of the VSB experience. The O’Donnell Center encourages students to participate in externship/leadership programs, internships and/or VSB’s CoOp program as a means of gaining real-world experience and applying knowledge gained in the classroom. The ODC provides support to students, including 1:1 coaching and alerts about available positions/programs as they pursue these opportunities. Experiential education provides students with valuable opportu nities to:

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• Develop a competitive edge by having proven business experience to offer future employers

• Earn a full-time job offer, as many organizations utilize their internship programs as a pipeline for entry-level hires

• Explore the reality of working in a particular industry or organization on a daily basis

• Make the connection between business theory and practice

Students have the option to earn academic credit for participation in approved business internships and CoOps and ODC collaborates with VSB faculty to administer the related courses. Credit-bearing options include internships completed during the academic semesters and summer, the Spring Accounting Internship Program (SAI), and VSB's CoOp Program. The SAI and CoOp Programs are designed so that participating students maintain full-time student status and remain on track to graduate in four years.

The Spring Accounting Internship (SAI) Program offers students in-depth exposure to the accounting environment during the busy season. Accounting majors work full time at an accounting or related firm during the spring of junior year, earning six credits. CoOps provide an opportunity to experience complete immersion in a professional setting. They last six months, during which the student works full time at the organization. Work content mirrors that of an entry-level professional.

Externships/Leadership Programs

Typically one to several days in length and hosted on site by a company, these experiences include an introduction to the organization, an overview of available career paths, professional skill building and networking with professionals.

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Student Business Societies

VSB is home to a wide array of active student professional groups, known as business societies. The ODC collaborates with the 30 student business societies and VSB Council of Presidents (student society leadership) to assist them with establishing goals, as well as developing and hosting programs and events. Society membership provides students with opportunities to gather information on a specific industry/profession, connect with employers, and/or network with students who share similar professional interests. Additionally, membership may lead to leadership opportunities within societies.


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Career Education

The ODC collaborates with VSB academic departments and Centers of Excellence, student business societies, the Villanova University Career Center, and other campus offices to sponsor, co-sponsor and/or provide support to more than 100 career and professional development events each academic year. The programs are designed to help business students gather information and contacts that will lead to well-suited academic and career decisions.



The VSB Mentor Program brings Villanova students and alumni volunteers together in one-onone mentoring relationships to support students’ professional development. Alumni mentors provide industry insights and share their knowledge and experience. Students join the program as sophomores and use state-of-the-art software to select a mentor based on their interests. The mentor facilitates career exploration and provides job search, networking and communication tips and more. Mentees gain a trusted advisor and role model to support them in decisionmaking, navigating the business world and planning their careers. Mentoring pairs work together through graduation and beyond.

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Opportunities for Non-Business Students

There are two options for students to earn a business minor at VSB: the Academic Year Business Minor and the Summer Business Institute. Please visit our website for more information:

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awards more than 30 scholarships and fellowships annually to support international education and oversees the unique Global Leadership Fellows program that challenges students with a four-year intensive set of global curricular and extracurricular initiatives. MCGL acknowledges the presence of diverse communities to help make the University more welcoming for all students. Its goal is to strengthen Villanova’s participation in the global communities in which our students will work and contribute and advance ethical and responsible leadership for the betterment of business and society.

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The Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate

The Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership (MCGL) contributes to the development of VSB’s global strategy, emphasizing integrated international business studies, responsible global leadership and cross-cultural awareness. The Center serves as a hub of innovation for VSB’s international curricular initiatives, faculty research, service and outreach

VSB strives to attract, develop and retain faculty members who are both outstanding teachers and leaders in research. The school’s Centers of Excellence carry VSB’s pursuit of scholarly distinction, provide an outlet for cutting-edge research and help to guide curricular design.

These Centers are designed to focus attention on critical business issues and to leverage the expertise of VSB faculty in a way that emphasizes the cross-disciplinary nature of business and the intersection of research and business practice.

The DiLella Center for Real Estate provides students with insight into this transformative industry through outstanding academics, thought leadership and experiential learning. Students have the opportunity to participate in corporate and site visits, case competitions, industry events, and alumni programs. The Center supports the Daniel DiLella and Thomas Mulroy Student Managed Fund—the first undergraduate fund of its kind in the nation—which allows students to gain experience by investing in real deals. Through the Real Estate Society, they develop relationships with industry leaders, build modeling skills and have the opportunity to serve as leaders them selves. The Center works in partnership with the O’Donnell Center for Professional Development to support students in their search for internship and career opportunities, and undergraduates may choose to earn either a major or minor in Real Estate.

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VSB seeks to develop business leaders for a better world. We do this through the promotion of academic excellence; a focus on building a strong community of faculty, staff, students and alumni; opportunities for students to serve others; and student services and programs that provide a student experience like no other. We continue to build programs and initiatives around these ideals.

Centers of Excellence

Learning, in the Augustinian context, is the pursuit of wisdom, the capacity to understand one’s self, others and the world in light of the ultimate reality.


Centers of Excellence

Center for Business Analytics (CBA)

CCM provides education and scholarship in the Augustinian Catholic tradition on strategic, management and financial matters in service to leaders of churches and other Christian faith-based ministries. The Center is a global resource for church management knowledge and produces leading research on Christian churches in the U.S. and Catholic churches around the world. CCM also educates hundreds of clergy and lay leaders each year through the Master of Science in Church Management and non-credit Certificates in Church Management and Catholic School Management.

CBA is dedicated to preparing VSB graduates to become analytics leaders in their organizations. It brings together industry experts and world-class faculty to create curricula and experiential programming that positions students to solve complex business problems using analytics.

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CMCI connects the classroom to the industry to offer unique educational opportunities for students in the field of marketing. Supported by an alumni advisory council of industry executives, CMCI creates and encourages experiential learning, classroom innovations and career development that students need to become marketers. Students experience the dynamic field of marketing through real-world case studies, treks, industry conferences and corporate immersion programs. CMCI also manages the Consumer Insights Lab, which facilitates primary consumer research for students and faculty. These programs ensure that Villanova students enter the competitive marketplace with both fundamental and applied proficiency in marketing.

CBA hosts career panels, lectures, site visits and data-mining competitions and supports VSB’s student Business Analytics Society. In addition to the required sophomore Business Analytics course, the Center supports an undergraduate Business Analytics co-major and minor, a Master of Science in Business Analytics, and an analytics concentration in the Villanova MBA.

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The Executive MBA (EMBA), rooted in a cutting-edge curriculum and premier executive coaching, delivers rich and immersive learning experiences designed for today's leaders.

Graduate Business Programs

The Executive MBA program features an international immersion trip in which students travel abroad for an eight-day experience studying the economy, gaining knowledge of local business practices and learning about the culture of a foreign country. Previous host countries have included South Africa, China, Chile, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey and Hungary.

VSB offers seven master-level degree programs including the Executive MBA, Professional MBA and five Specialized Master's Programs.

The program offers students a unique and customized one-on-one opportunity to work directly with a highly skilled and qualified executive coach throughout the duration of their EMBA experience.

The EMBA program takes 19 months to complete and meets every three weeks, Friday through Sunday. The residential, weekend-based program allows students to immerse themselves in their learning and begin building a lifelong network of business connections.

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Graduate Programs

Our 19-month program builds collaborative, creative problem solvers who harness the power of business to navigate uncertainty and complexity and shape the future. Through the admissions process, students are carefully selected to include a diverse mix of professionals who contribute a value-added dimension of peer learning to the overall experience. Students collaborate with their coach to identify opportunities for growth that align with their personal and career goals. They use these opportunities to measure progress in their EMBA and personal journeys. Renowned faculty and a cutting-edge curriculum transform students’ ability to tackle complex business challenges, positioning them for increased leadership opportunities and higher earnings.

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The Executive MBA curriculum features five strategic content streams. Tying these streams together is the concept of Systems Thinking, which equips students with an interdisciplinary, strategic approach to problem-solving, encouraging them to think beyond functional silos and appreciate how their actions affect an organization as a whole.

STRATEGIC CONTENT STREAMS Strategic ProfessionalInternationalInnovationQuantitativeLeadershipDecision-MakingandCreativityBusinessDevelopment



The Professional MBA gives working professionals a personalized experience coupled with an invaluable credential powered by a market-driven curriculum. O-campus, online, hybrid or cohort classes allow students to move freely be tween courses, meeting personal and professional obligations while enhancing career prospects.

Villanova’s MBA goes beyond graduation, it goes beyond your classes, because you build these real-life experiences that you're going to take with you long after you graduate. It is amazing. This program puts you on a different trajectory. It gives you so many different opportunities. Go for it. You’re going to love it.”

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Whether expanding an existing career path or choosing to pivot, the ROI from Villanova's Professional MBA is rewarded from the very start. Our comprehensive MBA program can be completed in as little as two years, with fall, spring and summer start dates. Students are required to complete 48 credits to graduate.


–Jason Casarella ’19 MBA

Working professionals can choose to take advantage of a unique opportunity by focusing on specialized areas that center around the future of work. Our future-focused specializations— Applied Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Business Analytics, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Strategic Management, and Sustainability—offer students a special platform to enhance their MBA education to meet their career goals. Students must take 7.5 elective credits to earn a specialization. Once completed, students will also obtain a downloadable, digital credential badge.

Our top-ranked Professional MBA is designed to prepare students for the future of work with entrepreneurship, data analytics, emerging technology and innovation at the core of our curriculum. We encourage our students to select a curriculum path that fits their needs and equips them with the knowledge and leadership abilities to expand their business skills.

–Allie Fazzalaro ’19 MBA

There is a strong sense of community with the Villanova MBA program, even in an online format. I established many professional contacts during the program that I intend to nurture and leverage in the future.”

The Villanova Professional MBA program includes seven innovative, specializationmarket-drivenareas:AppliedArtificialIntelligence&MachineLearningBusinessAnalyticsFinanceInternationalBusinessMarketingStrategicManagementSustainability ON CAMPUS, ONLINE, HYBRID AND COHORT FORMAT

The MSCM program is built upon a solid business curriculum and a faith-based approach to church management. The MSCM curriculum is holistic and fully integrated so that each course is meticulously designed for church managers and addresses management issues from a faith-based perspective. MSCM courses cover topics including leadership in religious organiza tions, civil and church laws, financial oversight, and human resource management in a ministry setting. This online program includes a one-week, on-campus residency.

The MSBA program equips students from all fields and disciplines with the skills needed to collect, analyze and transform data into actionable intelligence that will give you a competitive advantage in 24 months. The program is taught by world-class faculty who have real-world experience in business, analytics, statistics, mathematics and computer science and is supported by the Center for Business Analytics.

Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) ONLINE PROGRAM

Master of Business Taxation with Data Analytics (MBT)

The MAC program is designed with direct input from top global accounting firms, equipping students with the most current skills desired by employers. The MAC’s curriculum integrates data, analytics and technology; builds leadership and negotiation skills; and offers specialized elective courses to support corporate and advising career paths. While focused on elevating accounting acumen, students also earn the 150 credit hours necessary for CPA licensure. The program follows a full-time, year-long format that begins each fall.

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Master of Accounting with Data Analytics (MAC)

VSB’s Specialized Master's Programs pair highly qualified students with our top faculty to provide a deep and comprehensive understanding of their area of interest and expertise.

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Master of Science in Finance (MSF)

The MSF program is a STEM-certified, nine-month, full-time degree program that builds technical skills, provides hands-on investment experience, and offers professional development support to position students for a variety of opportunities within finance. Students tackle relevant topics including financial theory, portfolio theory and financial markets and manage real-world investment funds in VSB’s nationally recognized Victoria and Justin Gmelich ’90 VSB Lab for Financial Markets.

The MBT program integrates advanced coursework in taxation with quantitative applications in data, analytics and technology. The program equips students with the multi-dimensional skills needed to navigate the rapid changes in data and technology within the tax profession. The MBT curriculum covers topics such as the impact of taxation on business operations and planning as well as corporate, partnership and international taxation. The full-time, 12-month program also offers experiential learning opportunities for students.

Master of Science in Church Management (MSCM) ONLINE PROGRAM

VSB promotes and supports women in business through several organizations. By doing so, we help women reach their full potential during the course of their careers. In addition to supporting the Villanova Women's Professional Network, VSB also supports the Women in Business Society, the Women in Finance Society and the Women’s MBA Network—three organizations that support business education specifically geared toward women and help students connect with successful female role models. VSB also launched a women’s alumni engagement program to extend this support beyond graduation.


VSB is a dynamic and evolving environment characterized by a world-class, committed faculty; an energized student body; and an engaged alumni base consistently bringing meaningful change in countries and companies around the world.

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The Villanova Network

VSB alumni volunteer in the classroom as guest lecturers, judge student case competitions, act as career mentors, host corporate site visits, recruit our students for internships and full-time positions, send employees to our graduate programs, and serve on VSB advisory councils. VSB supports 12 advisory councils, comprised of more than 300 high-level executives across a variety of industries, including an advisory council for each of the Centers of Excellence as well as the Dean’s Advisory Council, the Accounting Department Advisory Council and the Finance Depart ment Advisory Council. VSB alumni, parents and friends also provide significant philanthropic support to the school from endowed funds to annual support for our many initiatives.

VSB supports VU Women in Tech, which seeks to bring together students, faculty, staff and alumnae who are leading and innovating with technology across Villanova’s campus and alumnae base. It serves as a platform for women in our community to share experiences, highlight opportunities for women in technology, and motivate those who hesitate. Its annual summit allows women to imagine a technology-based career; share successes and failures; and network across schools, disciplines and generations.

Ranking and Reputation

Over the past 100 years, VSB has provided a truly exceptional education for the business leaders of our past, present and future.

Rankings are an important external measure of the quality of the Villanova experience. They help us to validate our many strengths and to see potential areas of improvement.

POETS & QUANTS U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT Undergraduate Graduate 9 5 16 BusinessUndergraduateProgramintheNation Online BusinessGraduateDegreePrograms Best Online ProgramMBA in the Nation 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085 T 610.519.5532 / F 610.519.6688 Villanova School of Business @VillanovaBusiness @VillanovaSchoolofBusiness @VU_Business @VSB_Dean August 2022

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