Villanova University Collaborates with Pearson to Launch Four Online Master’s Degree Programs

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Programs meet student demand for increased access to online education.


To meet the demand for increased access to online graduate education programs, Villanova University and Pearson Embanet, a unit of Pearson Online Learning Services, announced today a joint effort to create four online master’s degree programs. Under the agreement, Pearson will provide a full suite of student support and retention services, instructional design assistance, marketing, recruitment and helpdesk services.

The new programs, to be launched in Fall 2014, will include:

  •     Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) — Villanova School of Business
  •     Master of Science in Analytics (M.S.A.) — Villanova School of Business
  •     Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) — Villanova University Graduate Tax Program
  •     Master of Taxation (M.T.) — Villanova University Graduate Tax Program

The Villanova M.B.A. program provides a personalized approach to education, where students are exposed to real-world business challenges in order to acquire the skills needed to excel in their careers. Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the Villanova M.B.A. #3 overall in the region and #13 in the nation for academic quality.

The online Master of Science in Analytics program is designed to address growing demand for highly skilled analytics professionals, and includes input from Fortune 500 executives. It is supported by the Center for Business Analytics, one of Villanova’s six centers of excellence.

The Master of Laws in Taxation degree, a specialized law degree for candidates who have earned their Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, and the Master of Taxation degree for accounting professionals, are designed to prepare attorneys and accountants with the detailed knowledge and tangible skills they will need to develop practical taxation expertise.

Pearson’s Senior Vice President of Online Learning Services, Todd Hitchcock, said: “There is a growing demand for online master’s degrees in specialized areas of study. We are proud to be working with Villanova University, an institution that is well known for its rigorous programs. We look forward to helping them provide those same education options online, enabling more students to pursue their higher education and career goals.”

Pearson is the leading provider of comprehensive educational services for fully online degree programs. These include market research, recruitment, marketing, student support and retention services, course and curriculum design and development, materials developed specifically for online programs by leading instructional designers and subject matter experts, faculty support, and cloud-based learning management systems with advanced data analytics to analyze trends in student performance and evaluate learning outcomes.

About Villanova University
Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s five colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Villanova University #1 in the “Best Universities – Masters Category in the Northern Region” for over two decades.

About Pearson
Pearson is the world's leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit

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